I've noticed a number of difficulties with some books about tarot and related subjects, and from writers I've learned to respect, even honor. Nevertheless and despite my cavill, this book is really, really wonderful - I just wish that copyeditors did better jobs these days.
If you can buy only one book on Kabbala, this might be the one. Pollack is very accepting of the ideas of others and I was tickled to see her mention Alan Moore's Promethea. I was particularly fond of his idea for Da'ath (you'll have to read the book now <G>).
Settling in nicely, I was, however, a little jolted by her reference to the apple connected with the tree of knowledge. There is no mention of an apple. The apple connection came into being - perhaps - via the Celts who called the Western Paradise, Avalon - Apple Land. There are numerous legends and mythologies dealing with apples, but let me get to the bottom line: The apple, when halved is a yoni symbol. And for someone such as Rachel Pollack with most impressive credentials, to have made this (common) error has some picky person, such as I(who doesn't know 1/1000th of what this adept knows)is distressing. The question is, what other errors are there that I couldn't possibly recognize?
I did recognize, however, that she and DuQuette believe in nine months for a human pregnancy and Pollack even calls it nine LUNAR months. The Gregorian calendar showed up in the late 16th Century, CE. It would seem to me that in the Old Days, the length of pregancies were gauged by the moon; a human pregnancy is 10 lunar months, or 40 weeks - a significant number, as well.
As for Haindl's artful and truly grand Tree of Life, sadly, even after I ironed the determined creases, the gloss on it prevents me (maybe it's just I) from truly enjoying the marvels I know are there for me to ponder.
Buy it anyway.