THE COSMIC SHEKINAH
A historical study of the Goddess of the Old Testament and Kabbalah
By Sorita d’Este and David Rankine


The Shekinah is the manifestation of the Wisdom Goddess of the Kabbalah, the Old Testament and Merkavah Mysticism. She encompasses the primordial light of creation, the wisdom of the serpent and the inspiration of the dove. She is the beauty of the lily and the embodiment of the Tree of Life. She is also the World Soul, heavenly glory, mother of angels, inspiration for prophecy, and source of souls, as well as being the Shabbat Bride and the wife of God.

In The Cosmic Shekinah the authors present a concise history of the different influences of earlier wisdom goddesses on the development of the Shekinah. These goddesses include the Sumerian Inanna, the Egyptian Ma'at, the Greco-Egyptian Isis, the Semitic Anat and Astarte and the Canaanite Asherah. They show that from these ancient sources arose the unnamed Wisdom Goddess and wife of God portrayed in the Old Testament and early Jewish wisdom literature. It is this unnamed Wisdom Goddess who would subsequently become the source for the development of the Shekinah as well as the Gnostic Sophia. The influence of the feminine divine as the Shekinah has continued to find expression, with the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit of Christianity and the Sakina of Islam all being shaped by the enduring influence of the Wisdom Goddess.

Through tracing her roles, myths, and functions the authors show that in addition to her modern-day resurgence, the Wisdom Goddess has always been present throughout history, even when suppressed and disguised by deliberate exclusion and mistranslation. Drawing on numerous sources including medieval Kabbalistic works, Hekhalot texts of Merkavah Mysticism, ancient literature such as Egyptian, Sumerian and Ugaritic myths, the Old Testament, Gnostic texts and recent finds in Biblical archaeology, The Cosmic Shekinah draws attention back to the light of divine feminine wisdom.

2011, 234 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-905297-51-1
B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
 

The Cosmic Shekinah by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine

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  • About the authors
    Acknowledgements
    Naming wisdom
    PART 1   THE SHEKINAH UNVEILED
    Manifestations
    Behind the veils
    The wisdom goddesses : timeline
    PART 2   AEONS OF WISDOM
    Shekinah genesis
    From Canaan
    From Egypt
    From ancient Sumer
    From the Semites
    PART 3   AFTER THE FALL
    Mother of aeons
    The Christian & Islamic goddess
    Parallel wisdom
    PART 4   BEHOLD, SHE IS THE TREE OF LIFE
    The tree of life
    Creation & the created
    Light of creation
    Mother of angels
    The breath of life
    The power of prophecy
    PART 5   FRUITS OF THE TREE
    Renaissance and beyond
    Wisdom
    Hymn to the Shekinah
    Bibliography
    Endnotes
     

  • Sorita d’Este has been experimenting with ways of walking on the liminal since she was a child, exploring along the way many pathways of experiencing magic, mysticism and religion.  Her own personal practice integrates aspects of Hellenic (Greek), Egyptian and Hermetic practices with a lived Orphic inspired philosophy, and experience gained in Initiatory Craft, traditions preserved in Italian, French and British grimoires and other contemporary esoteric teachings of the East and West.

    More on her website at www.sorita.co.uk.

    David is an author, researcher and qabalist based in Glastonbury, UK.  He is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Avalonia, including The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius, The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, A Collection of Magical Secrets, The Book of Treasure Spirits, The Book of Gold, Climbing the Tree of Life, The Cosmic Shekinah, Practical Qabalah Magick, The Isles of the Many Gods, and The Guises of the Morrigan.

     

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