Seniority, as HC, Judge or Chief Justice, brilliance and potential, ideology, political trade- off, judicial cabalism
Allusions to Paracelsus, Porphyrius, and Del Rio suggest the novel should be read "in the light of Occidental black magic, cabalism
, and alchemy" (Pasco 128).
Pordage introduced her to the theosophy of Jacob Boehme (a mixture of mysticism, Gnosticism, cabalism
, and alchemy), which greatly influenced her spirituality and her writings.
Mordecai is, at best, a rather stiff character; at worst, he is a walking Romantic social theory attached to a cabalism
which Eliot carefully documented in her notebooks and attributed to him, as she attributed superstitions to other (usually more fully realized) characters--Adam Bede's premonitions about his father's death, or Dinah Morris's Methodist visions.
It is rather a broad tradition which has incorporated ancient Egyptian occult practices, Cabalism
, early Christian gnosticism, Sufism, the lore of the Druids, Celtic Christian hermeticism, Zen Buddhism, Yoga, etc.