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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Qabalah Small New Age religions wanting to root themselves within a mystical tradition often weave interpretations of the Qabalah into their belief systems. It is a 'timeless' body of esoteric, complicated and magical doctrines that are supposed to have been revealed to Adam by the Archangel Gabriel. From Adam they were passed down orally until a 13th-century Spanish rabbi Qabalist transcribed some of them in an interpretation of the Book of Moses. Those who study the Qabalah (which takes about four years) believe that it can be used to evoke benign and demonic spirits. One New Age group to take up the Qabalah in a particularly big way is the International Gnostic Federation, a highly secretive organisation who recruit interest by giving free lectures. According to the Cult Information Centre, some enthusiasts (particularly students) become so obsessed with the Federation's teaching of the Qabalah that they become alienated from their friends and family. They attend further lectures and courses (which are not free) and even participate in special training sessions at the organisation's headquarters near Barcelona. The Gnostics have British bases in south London and Cardiff, which are run by a man named V M Rabulin. The figurehead of the movement is a Spaniard called Samael Aun Weor, who is author of the seminal book, Manual of Practical Magic. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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