Originally posted by Rotator
. . . Fulcanelli, the enigmatic 20th century alchemist and philosopher, in his masterpiece The Mystery of the Cathedrals, published in Paris in
1926. Here we have an authentic, although mysterious, voice of authority; one that was both master of the Green Language itself, and a master of
the subjects usually hidden within it.
I disagree that Fulcanelli is any sort of "voice of authority." or master of any subjects, beyond name-dropping various occult terms, and then
twisting those terms until they have been contorted far beyond the true meanings.
Fulcanelli's main point, the key to unraveling the larger mystery of alchemy and the cathedrals, lies in an understanding of what he calls the
"phonetic law" of the "spoken cabala," or the "Language of the Birds."
I've posted elsewhere on ATS about Fulcanelli's strip-mining esoteric terms like "spoken cabala," which had a specific meaning to the originators
of those terms, and then he mis-uses those phrases, as if he were completely ignorant, or purposefully obfuscating.
"spoken cabala" means something specific within the world of jewish mysticism. There are four levels of learning. First is the "written cabala,"
the material suitable for books and literary discussion and criticism. Beyond that, is the "spoken cabala," which is discussed, but never written
down. Beyond that oral tradition comes the "whispered cabala," which is only passed from the master to a single disciple, in a hushed voice, which
not even the other students could understand. Finally there is an inner, personal "silent cabala," which is never shared with another mortal---a
level of understanding that exists solely between the master and God.
Now, compare that, a teaching that Fulcanelli undoubtedly read in Gershom Scholem's Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism,
but which he denuded of
it's original meaning, so that he could invent his own concept, and propogate as "hidden wisdom."
But for the millions of casual dilettantes who read his works (or nowadays, commentaries on fulcanelli), who will never see an actual cabalistic text,
much less begin to penetrate it, Fulcanelli is
the only authority, since he's the only one they've heard of. They greatly prefer his
writings to those of, say, Moses Cordovero, of whom they are completely ignorant. Not to mention the fact that they could never be bothered to learn
a foreign language in their search for truth.
All the best.