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Book Review: Shamanic Qabalah – A Mystical Path to Uniting The Tree of Life and the Great Work by Daniel Moler

December, 2018

Book Review

Shamanic Qabalah

A Mystical Path to Uniting The Tree of Life and the Great Work

by Daniel Moler

 

 

Author, Daniel Moler’s book brings together two subjects that have long held my interest; a shamanic perspective and Qabalistic studies. The latter is an area of study that has been my passion and work for many years now, the former one that I have long been acquainted with and know many well-respected practitioners.

With that being said, I was intrigued as to how the author would approach the Tree of Life and its application to shamanic work. The sheer weight and history of Qabalah, in this book used in its Hermetic form, has been a daunting study for many. This, largely because of the more traditional approaches used in its exploration. I am happy to see that there are now a variety of spiritual paths and practices that are using the overlay of the Tree’s knowledge and thus engaging more students and seekers of its mystery teachings.

Mr. Moler makes use of an impressive bibliography of trusted and reputable sources of Qabalistic studies and then weaves the Shamanic approach of delving more deeply in the work of the Soul and roots of transformative processes aligned with those practices.

Part One is aptly entitled “The Great Work”. This semantic evocative of something out of the ordinary and initiatory in experience. Daniel dives right into the work of the world enticing us towards materialism and chaos that is moving us further away from the path of the mystic and the explorations of what that actually means for modern seekers. This section covers “everything that is wrong with society today”, what the truth of initiation can reveal and heal and how illumination can awake even the deepest sleeper.

Part Two offers the basics of what Qabalah is, how its symbology as the Tree of Life affects all planes of existence and spiritual practice and how the components of the Tree are defined and work together to provide a universal Whole. Chapter Five within this section focuses on Malkuth, the sephira of the Earth and Greater Earth Plane and becomes the natural starting point of alignment with a very earth based Shamanic perspective.

Chapter Six diverges back into a more traditional Judaic approach to Qabalistic study in looking at the “Topography of the Inner Worlds” and the journey of Adam Kadmon, the Perfected Man that embodies all of the wisdom of the Tree. A reference to the Hebrew letters assigned to the paths and the descent of man via the emanation of Yahweh and the sacred Hebrew names of creation gives the reader another vision of the Tree.

Part Three ties everything together with plenty of practical experiential and a further breaking down of the Tree incorporating the Triangles, Four Worlds and specific paths. Having read the Qabalistic referenced based books of the bibliography and having first hand teachings from some of the authors, I would say this book made good use of the author’s expertise in Shamanic work and the information presented regarding the Tree of Life.

My only criticism would be in the amount of diverse ways of presenting the Tree that were incorporated-Judaic- Hermetic and a more modern approach of fusion. I would have appreciated a more consistent approach throughout and more of the overlays of the Shamanic application that I believe would have provided more focus. Overall, a very well written book and kudos to Mr. Moler for making more bite-size an enduring and often challenging course of study.

Shamanic Qabalah: A Mystical Path to Uniting the Tree of Life & the Great Work on Amazon

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

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Book Review: Tarot Mysteries: Rediscovering the Real Meaning of the Cards by Jonathan Dee

August, 2017

Tarot Mysteries: Rediscovering the Real Meaning of the Cards by Jonathan Dee

Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., Charlottesville, VA (previously published in 2003 by Zambezi Publishing, Limited, Devon, UK)

Soft Cover, 321 pages

The Tarot Mysteries is published as a paperback, with a glossy cover printed on typical soft-cover stock, measuring 8 ½ by 5 ½ inches. The interior pages consist of black and white tables and card images and nicely-sized typeface printed on a cream-colored paper that feels substantial under my fingers, as if it will stand up to lots of turning back and forth to revisit pages in the book. That is good, because in my opinion this book is worth those page turns.

Tarot Mysteries is in many ways similar to the other books in my library that focus on exploring and understanding the cards in a traditional Tarot deck. Like those other books, Tarot Mysteries showcases the individual cards of the Major and Minor Arcana, offering images, keywords, numbers/rank, upright and reversed meanings for the cards. The last 16 pages of the book offer the expected description of the basics of card interpretation for those new to the Tarot, and offer a few spreads and instructions for their use. However, Tarot Mysteries did stand out from the rest of my how-to-read-Tarot books for me because along with what we would expect to find in a resource book on the Tarot, Dee introduces and includes concepts and disciplines (both generally in an educational fashion, and specifically relating to each card of the Tarot deck) that are near and dear to my own heart, and that I believe are necessary for an in-depth and continued exploration of the Tarot.

The first 67 pages of this book offer some informative basics on such topics as the traditional setup of a Tarot deck, a history of the Tarot, a brief bio of “names to know” and how they are connected to the Tarot we know and use today, and a discussion of several theories for its origin. The author describes the game of Trionfi, as well as the Game of the Governance of the World. Also offered is an overview of the Qabalah including a brief discussion of its history, the Hebrew alphabet and Gematria, and a description of the sephiroth and pathways of the Tree of Life. There is a section on the zodiac and the Major Arcana, as well as a description of the Grail Hallows and their connection to Tarot symbolism. If you have read any of my own descriptions of the Tarot cards found in my column, Tarot Talk, you know that I believe all of these disciplines offer amazing depth and texture to the meanings of the individual cards in a Tarot deck.

The section on the Minor Arcana cards offers a black and white image of each card (Waite/Smith), an esoteric title for the card, key concepts or keywords, a description of the astrological relationship, an indication of the position of the card on the Tree of Life, and suggested Positive and Negative meanings for the card. Each suit also has its own description. The Court Cards come next, with a basic description of just what a Court Card can be, and then an image and a description of each Page, Knight, Queen and King. Besides the descriptions also included for the Minor Arcana cards, the Court Card descriptions include correspondences and a suggested general interpretation.

The next section covers the Major Arcana. Each card description includes a black and white image of the card, the number of the card, a title, an alternative title and an esoteric title, the Hebrew letter associated with the card, the Pathway on the Tree of Life, a cardinal direction, an astrological correspondence, a description of the traditional image, symbolism associated with the card, and an Upright and Reversed meaning.

The tables included in the sections of the first part of the book are useful educational and research tools that offer at-a-glance information that is handy to have when performing a reading. The Planetary Spread and the two Tree of Life Spreads are also useful tools. Throwing these spreads as a practice, learning about the meanings behind each card position, and then applying those positional meanings to the meaning of each card would be a worth-while exercise for anyone interested in the Tarot.

I would hesitate to recommend this book to someone taking an initial look at the Tarot and divination unless they already had a strong foundation in astrology or the Qabalah, for the information provided might be a bit overwhelming. However, Tarot Mysteries would make a good addition to the library of anyone who enjoys working with or learning about the Tarot. This book can provide fresh insight into the vast information available regarding correspondences and symbolism of the Tarot, whether you are a professional who provides readings for others, or you throw a card or two for yourself each day and look for personal insight.

Tarot Mysteries is worth the read, for the very least because it offers new methods for understanding the Tarot. It will have an easy-to-grab place in my own Tarot library. The information presented in Tarot Mysteries could very well be a jumping-off point that will send you down the rabbit hole of study of the Qabalah or astrology, or the Pathworking that combines the Major Arcana and these other disciplines.