- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (8 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738700029
- ISBN-13: 978-0738700021
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Magic of Qabalah: Visions of the Tree of Life Paperback – 8 Jun 2001
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This title offers a condensed history of the Qabalah, with an explanation of its metaphysical context and use of Tarot attributes. The main body of the book contains more detailed information of each sephirah of the tree, including information about God names, angels, and symbols.
About the Author
Kala Trobe (UK) is the main nom-de-plume of Kate La Trobe-Bateman. She is author of the award-winning work of fiction "The Magick Bookshop "and the new "Magick in the West End," a dazzling collection of short stories that brim with imagination and come straight from the theatre-lit, gaudy, blinding, yet, bewitching streets of London's West End - and all seen through the eyes of a magically-minded young and aspiring occultist at one of Londons most well-known esoteric bookshops. Kala Trobe is the author of several works of Llewellyn non-fiction including "Invoke the Goddess: Visualizations of Hindu, Greek, & Egyptian Deities, Magic of Qabalah," "Invoke the Gods: Exploring the Power of Male Archetypes "and "The Witchs Guide to Life," and is also published by Random House UK. Ms Trobe currently divides her time between London and Amsterdam.
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Firstly, there is no real background. The reader is thrust into the Qabalistic world with no real idea of why he/she is there and what he/she is intending to achieve. I know that other writers can be dry, often downright arid, but at least they inform the reader of the ultimate objectives.
Secondly, the 'pathworkings' which are fine in principle, are so long in definition that no-one can realistically remember everything in them while in the relaxed, meditational state of mind which is required to get the best out of them. If the intention is to record them for 'guided' playback during a meditation, then the book should say so, but there's no clear definition of when to start a recording and when to finish.
I see myself of the 'new school' of Qabalists who want to see Qabalah opened up to the world. I don't believe that the older, early 20th century style of writing or complication by ritual is necessary (it might be rewarding but requires committment) and would prefer Qabalah to be easy for people to understand because I believe it has much to offer us all... But I have yet to find something which gives a truly simple introduction to the philosophy. In the meantime I have in the past recommended and still believe Will Parfitt is a better option, and one which having read this book would continue to recommend to those who ask for an introduction to Qabalah.
I did wonder at the scant attention given to the Paths, but the author comments that this book is predominantly concerned with the Sefiroth. Perhaps a follow-up concentrating on the Paths is in order?
My understanding of the subject was deepened by ‘Magic of Qabalah’, greatly aided by the fact that it was so pleasurable to read. If Ms Trobe can write like this now, so young, then we have much to look forward to!
Let us hope that she continues to ‘climb the Tree of Life’ with the same insight, talent and passion evident in this book :)
I have been around a bit, and have around three hundred books on Western Esoterica and this book is special.
Kala Trobe is a gifted/well trained esotericist who lives the subject in a non-contrived way. This book will open the doors for those who want to look within.
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