When he wrote this book David Goddard tried, I think, to produce a clear introduction to the Qabalah, as worked in the Western Mystery Tradition. I believe he succeeded admirably.
The book is intensely practical, and could be viewed more as a year's course in the subject of developing yourself via this particular method. The author explains that Qabalah is not a religion as such, but rather a method of studying and experiencing spirituality. Therefore, practitioners may be of various faiths or not follow any specific religion.
There are some 14 chapters, each containing a month's work in terms of historical background, theory, exercises and meditations. Each lesson builds on the previous, covering such subjects as the Qabalistic Cross, the Middle Pillar, and the Four Worlds. Every exercise is explained, with instructions on exactly how to do them (at least as best one can without personal tuition). The hoped-for results, including self-protection, self-cleansing, connection with the divine and so forth are detailed and the pitfalls or dangers spelled out. For me, the book has been a tremendous resource. The Chariot pathworking in Chapter 3 was quite life-changing.
The author explains that if you are new to the Qabalah and work through this material with care and dedication you should by the end of it, be well-equipped to continue alone, or to apply to join a Lodge or mystery school if preferred.
It's really obvious that David Goddard knows his subject - each chapter is so clearly explained. He goes through the traditional materials faithfully, explaining which parts can safely be changed and which should not, so that a careful student can 'make them their own.' Goddard stresses that each student must find their own way and make the exercises and meditations fresh and unique.
Suitable for a serious, dedicated beginner or a more experienced practitioner looking for a year's steady work and practice.
This book is well laid-out with clearly drawn diagrams and therefore accessible for those with a visual disability.
With this book, David Goddard, has rendered the sometimes overwhelmingly intellectual and mysterious aspects of the Qabalah accessible to the sincere practitioner. The text gently guides the reader through the labyrinth of arcane teachings and symbols, vivifying the profound principles using engaging techniques of meditation and sacred ceremony. This book is an invaluable companion for genuine practitioners of the Western Mystery Tradition.
I'm fairly new to qabalah and bought this book on recommendation. I was particularly interested in learning more about the 22paths which I have struggled to find in the Tree of Sapphires. I also found his continued references to 'God' and 'His Heavenly Hosts' a little bias. Isn't qabalah meant to be none denominational? Or better still, all denominational. David Well's 21 days to understand qabalah is a fantastic starting place, I would highly recommend it, but the Tree of Sapphires is not the next step.I think I will get more from it after I have studied a little longer.