- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (1 Nov. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578630312
- ISBN-13: 978-1578630318
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,305,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Qabalah, Tarot and the Western Mystery: 22 Connecting Paths on the Tree of Life Paperback – 1 Nov 1997
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The author presents a fresh approach to the Qabalah and to the 22 paths on the Tree of Life by using the Major Arcana of the Tarot as the symbolism of the journey. The book includes a short translation of the "Sepher Yetzirah" and an exploration of the Tarot's Major Arcana.
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What happens as a result of you using the rituals in this book? You will: put yourself in certain places and situations where you are expected to learn the lessons of the paths, hence, if you're just "dabbling" around and fooling around with magick like this, be aware that the beings, the gods, the goddesses, all that stuff, you will be in tune with those things, because - you're opening up your mind to certain things you may not be able to handle. The book says study, study, study. If you use this book, do so. You'll be expected to study astrology. Some people don't like it. If you can handle the flak you may receive, go ahead and study it.
I have found alot of things about this book to be pretty lenient. For instance, I didn't have all the tools at first, but after aquiring them, they began to work for me, and all the things about the paths began to materialize positively in my life.
As a forewarning, and a lot of people know this (there I go sounding arrogant - oops, don't lose the path haha) magick like this can be very dangerous to play around with. There have been many court cases about stuff like this. People have gone insane and shut themselves off from the rest of society because of books like this, and killed people too. Read up on your material and make sure you're really ready to use this book. Make sure you're financially able to buy all the tools too, because you will be expected to purchase them. It takes a lot of money to make this book work for you, which can be a bit of a drag, but the whole entire point of this book is to make you work to find your place in society anyway, so if you feel the need to use this book in order to do that, be my guest. Also, be expected to learn all sorts of astrology, tarot card meanings, be expected to buy herbs, crystals, all that stuff. And again, if you can do that, great. But if you're looking to experiance changes in your life *right now*, this book is not for you. You can research candle magick or whatever else instead. It's a learning experience, basically.
The paths themselves take you from a metaphysical course of study to a more christian one, some christians might be into this stuff, as they'll be familiar with censing the altar with the thurible as priests do in the church, the book also includes some of the gospels from the new testament, but its up to you to determine wether or not you want to live with peace of mind in our mostly violent society. Know what I mean?
The book itself is good, it can do wonderful things for you, and the ceremonies do work, but if you're not financially capable or wanting to devote tons of time to studying things like tarot, astrology, herbs, gems, and biblical literature, don't waste your time with it. Pray to god in jesus' name instead and ask him to hand you all the paths and what they do for you on a silver platter instead.
I found all the correspondences simple to grasp, I like the way Clifford reworked the whole system of it; it makes perfect sense to me. Again, it's not wise to dabble in things like this without knowing much about them. You've seen that on the news, right?
To sum it all up, this book takes you from stair to stair, to the top stair, to teach you who you are, what you are, and what you're here to do. Very interesting, though.
One of the things I don't understand about the correspondences, about the only thing, is that for example, one of the paths lists "wastefulnes" as one of its vices, but it doesn't give any examples of what that would be. Smoking ciggarettes could be an obvious example, but it doesn't explicitly list things like that. A few more explanations would have been better, hence the 4 star rating.
Full of first class rituals that actually work,
when used with proper preparation and intent.
Not for beginners.
Clifford Bias was the top spiritualist of his day,
he wowed the New York society. He was initially persecuted
for his beliefs, but persevered, and blazed the trail for all of us.
He is owed a debt of gratitude.