This wonderful book could be sub-titled "Everything you have ever wanted to know about the Kabbalah but were afraid to ask". This would not be strictly true, but it certainly gives a flavour of what you can expect from one of the most clearly written guides and explanations that I have ever read. In fact, Stephan Hoeller's style is so engaging that I found myself reading the first part of the book, which gives the background and history of how the Tarot came about and how it has been used and refined as an aid to meditation, rather as I would a novel, and found myself having to refer back to previous chapters as a form of revision. Make no mistake - although this is easily read, it is not a facile or superficial read; there is a great deal to take in and consider and generally absorb. It is enlightening in the best sense of the word and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone who is interested in this particular branch of esoteric thought but who has previously been put off by the abstruse style and content of many authorities. An extra plus is the acccompanying CD of Hoeller himself narrating the series of meditations that make up the second part of the book. Marvellous!