Adinkra Symbols as Kabbalistic Alphabets
April 2010

Kabbalah as we have come to know it on planet Earth primarily originates from the Sirius star system. It is an example of "spiritual technology" using the language of creation (colour/light, sound, vibration, number) to influence that which has been created. Each race potentially has it's own 'Kabbalah' based on the language and symbols that represent the race. To speak 'Kabalistically' is to speak the 'primal language', the language of creation. Kabbalah is often associated with the Hebrew people as well as with Hermetic (Egyptian) spirituality. There are other forms of 'kabbalah' among other peoples of the planet that have been influenced by beings from elsewhere (Andromeda, Pleiades etc). These are primary found in the 'East' among esoteric buddhist and taoist practices.

The Hebrew people have a system of kabbalah which some say is derived from an earlier system used in Ancient Egypt. This may or may not be true, since Hebrews also derive from the Sirian heritage (i.e. from the Sirius star system). The Hebrew Kabbalah is often spelt as 'Kabbalah' to differentiate it from Egyptian/Hermetic 'Qabalah'. Asians have their own similar version of 'kabbalah'. Some Chinese taoist masters can 'speak the word', i.e. kabbalistically recite the name of a Chinese character, whereupon that character gets imprinted on a rock wall. The Hindu yogic spiritual paradigm has "tantra-mantra-yantra", while Tibetan buddhism uses mandala art. Germanic Europeans may use runes in a 'kabbalistic' way.

What a Kabbalistic system based on Adinkra is, and is not

The Kabbalistic system I am working on is essentially trying to work out how the primal language used in kabbalah can be applied to an incarnation in an Akan physical body. I am doing this primarily as an intellectual-spiritual exercise. In this regard the system is really being built for myself and my own use. It has taken years of on-and-off trying to work it out and I still have not fully succeeded, partly because of the complexity of the task but also because I think I need to have a level of practical ability to be able to personally test the efficacy of this system. I am slowly getting there through my spiritual practice. I am also using my own psyche to determine the choice of Adinkra symbols and the qualities associated with them, so someone else who uses my method (dowsing/divination) may get different results.

In short, the system may end up being applicable only to me, in which case no other person may be able to use it to achieve real results. Or perhaps any other person who wants to carry out a similar feat may have to design a personal system from scratch or go back to already existing systems like 'Hebrew Kabbalah'. So the kabbalistic system I am developing is not a 'universal' one. It may probably only suit my use or perhaps those with Akan heritage or African heritage. Or perhaps not.

I think because the Adinkra symbols perhaps come from more than one Akan psyche, they may represent an 'internal language' that more than one Akan individual may be able to access. This has been the case for me, since years before I started investigating any of these subjects related to Akan people, I had my 'consciousness' expanded using binaural beats and on an number of occasions when I entered the alpha brainwave state I accessed a number of symbols some of which I have later found out were identical to some Adinkra symbols.

So, how else is this system different from other forms of kabbalah? Well for the moment it is not strictly based on the tree of life (in the sense of correspondences) but rather the qualities of each 'alphabet' (Adinkra symbol) are based on the vibrations of light and sound. The idea comes from the kabbalistic system Franz Bardon wrote about in his book “The Key to the True Quabbalah” which he says is representative of the Ancient Egyptian version on which the Hebrew version is based. Whether or not this is true, I think what seems true to me is that both systems derive ultimately from the original version obtained from beings from Sirius.

The kabbalistic system based on Adinkra does not use European letters but rather it uses the Adinkra symbols. Also it does not use a base-10 number system. I have experimented with the thought of incorporating a base-12 number system. Why? It has to do with certain aspects of 12-strand dna vibrations. I may choose to de-emphasize the number system altogether. Also the sound patterns are based on indigenous musical scales rather than the European ones that Bardon used. I think Bardon's system suited his European constitution.

The Adinkra symbols used to make the kabbalistic formulas may be be based on the African sayings to come with the meanings of the symbols themselves.

So as you can see, this system is a bit different from Hebrew or Hermetic Kabbalah, and it is also different from the tantric and taoist versions of the East. For one, it is much simpler. I will likely publish the system once I collect enough tangible results through its use, then it can be up for scrutiny. In the mean time, anyone who may be interested in carrying out a similar idea can do so, perhaps we can compare notes. Also, anyone can experiment with visualizing Adinkra symbols in order to exercise their powers of visualization.

Visualizing the Adinkra symbols by themselves can cause certain changes to occur in one's mind's eye. When I have done so, I have found that some of the symbols when visualized actually show their 3-D and 4-D (i.e. 3-D including movement) appearances! I believe that there is much more going on with some Adinkra symbols than simply having them as beautiful prints on cloth. This is a wide open field for experimentation.

It will be great to have others experiment with Adinkra symbol visualizations to see what colours and possible sounds and other qualities they come up with. To do so may require some ability to still the mind and to hold images in one's mind for long enough. G. F. K Arthur's book Cloth As Metaphor is literally an "Adinkra bible", you can find tons of Adinkra symbols there.

There may be more on this topic in the future.

Bardon Quabbalah
 (The above image is the front page of Bardon's 3rd book:
   "The Key to the True Quabbalah"