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Ka An Egyptian definition of the spirit and life-force.  During life, the Ka remains separate from the body, then at death a person is said to have gone to his/her Ka.  The Ka acts as a protecting spirit and guards its dead against the dangers of the afterlife.  See Dennis Wheatley's novel The Ka of Gifford Hilary.
Kabbalah Kabbalah is an esoteric Jewish mystical tradition that places mystical significance on letters and numbers, and their interrelationships.  Kabbalah means received or tradition and its symbolism has influenced Christianity, Ritual Magick, Wicca, Freemasonry and many other faiths and traditions.  Those studying Kabbalah are known as Kabbalists.
Kaph The eleventh letter of the Sacred Alphabet.  It literally means palm, has the phonetic value of K, and has a numerical value of 20.  It is further attributed to the Planet Jupiter and the Tarot Trump The Wheel of Fortune.  When the letter Kaph is placed at the end of a word it is given a different character with a numerical value of 500.

Karma Originating in Hindu philosophy, Karma is a concept that is used to explain injustice and retribution.  Through karma, a crime committed in this life may be punished in the next.  This is because every action, no matter how big or small, has its inescapable consequence.  In other words, sooner or later each good deed is repaid by good and each bad deed by bad.
Kerub See Cherub.
Kether Kether is the first Sphere (Sephirah) of divine emanation according to Kabbalah, representing the beginning of creation.  The word Kether means crown.  See also The Sephiroth.
Khabs Egyptian – literally ‘Star’.  In paragraphs 8 and 9 of Chapter 1 of the Book of the Law we read “The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs.   Worship then the Khabs and behold my light shed over you.”  The living human body is a component of the human spirit.  The divine spirit of man contains his conscious body, which is its finest flower...not the Khu in the Khabs.  The spirit is the vehicle of the body, not vice versa.  This is a flat contradiction of the entire Western Tradition of mysticism.
Khepera / Khephra Khepera (from the Egyptian word kheprer) means ‘to become’.  With the attribute of self-generation and self-renewal, he is a form of the sun-god Re or Ra, and would roll the sun across the sky, much as the dung beetle rolls a ball of dung in front of itself (sometimes he was also depicted pushing the moon through the sky).  Khepera was self-produced and usually depicted as a human with a scarab beetle on his head, or sometimes with the beetle as his head.
Khu Egyptian – literally ‘Spirit’.  See also Khabs.
Kiblah Any point to which one turns to pray; Mecca is the Kiblah of the Mohammedan.
Klippoth In Lurianic Kabbalah, the purpose of man is to restore the original harmony in the universe that was destroyed with the breaking of the Vessels (also known as the 'Fall').  The original vessels shattered and fell to earth as the evil Klippoth.  Many worlds were created and destroyed prior to the present creation.  These are compared with sparks which fly out from a red hot iron beaten by a hammer, and which are extinguished according to the distance they are removed from the burning mass.  These creations, which have been succeeded by the present order of things, are indicated in Genesis, chapter 36, verses 31 – 40.  The kings of Edom, who reigned before the monarchs of Israel, are mentioned as having died one after the other.  They are the primordial worlds which were successively destroyed, the worlds of the Klippoth.
Kundalini She who is coiled; the female energy that lies coiled at the base of the yogic body.  Through combined techniques, the Kundalini is 'awakened' and made to rise through the Chakras to the sahasrara.
Kundalini Yoga A form of meditation used to awaken the energy of awareness.  See also Kundalini above.

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