After reading some of the Temple of Ascending Flames materials on the Qliphoth, combined with a few other sources (such as Karlssons work), I’ve found myself very mystified and excited about the Tree of Knowledge, and the Draconian/Luciferian tradition but I’ve got a couple of questions.
How do you see the Sephiroth? I can see that you see the Qliphoth as a complete initiatory system, but you seem to claim that it’s full (or mostly full) of destructive forces, especially when worked with in a Draconian tradition. Are the Sephiroth to you then, simply creative forces? My understanding of the Tree of Life has led me to believe that it is full of both creative and destructive forces, taking on various forms in the Left, Middle, and Right sides. Is there a similar dynamic to the Tree of Knowledge? And if not, why wouldn’t you want the creative to balance out the destructive? Please pardon me if I’ve misunderstood your position here!
As a side note, I’ve heard people such as Michael W. Ford claim that the Qliphoth are actually more inclusive than the Sephiroth when it comes to “kinds of spirits” that are available. It seems that in the work of you and your temple, typically demons are employed through the Qliphothic Tree. Is this simply a personal choice in your writing to use mainly demonic imagery to get a certain magickal aesthetic across?
Thank you for offering up this Q&A session! Looking forward to reading the new book.