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The Kabbalah Tree: A Journey of Balance & Growth

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Kabbalahs most famous symbol, the Tree of Life, has become the organising principle behind our human efforts to understand the world. Using Herman Haindls lush depiction of the Tree of Life, Rachel Pollack examines the message behind this ancient symbol and draws upon unusual sources including shamanism, tarot interpreters, contemporary Kabbalists and modern science, to ex ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Llewellyn Publications (first published June 1st 2004)
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Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The skeptic in me always throws up red flags with "New-Agey" stuff that is a little too feel-goodie. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to like this, I wanted to believe every word. It definitely help peak my interest in doing some more follow up reading on Kabbalah but lets face it Rachel Pollack cites a Comic Book author as a Kabbalah expert (Alan Moore). So She definitely took some licenses to embellish her ideas.

The core problem I had with the book was that it was written entirely based off of on
Gail Nyoka
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pollack makes the subject of Kabbalah understandable and relatable, even to beginners.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's important to remember that this book was designed as a companion to Hermann Haindl's painting of the Tree of Life. As with his tarot deck, Haindl drew from many different sources and there for so does Rachel Pollack's book. So, it's not a straight primer on Jewish Kabbalah or Western Kabbalah, it's a mix of both along with a number of other sources. After a few introductory chapters, Pollack describes each of the ten sephiroth, then each path of the Tree of Life briefly relating the Hebrew ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this because so much modern tarot interpretation is based on Kabbalah and I figured it would be useful to understand it better, and Pollack is my favourite tarot writer. This is maybe a little too free-flowing an introduction for my schematic virgo-type brain. Also, somewhat predictably, I am vexed by the uncritical approach both to cultural appropriation (in what ways is western kabbalah a form of cultural appropriation, and how does that affect the ways we use it), and gender binaries ( ...more
Oliver Ho
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A useful overview that also covers the connections to tarot in detail. I appreciated the Alan Moore references. It seemed to skate on the surface of deeper topics (probably by necessity), and I'll probably seek out an introductory text that's a little more grounded. The kindle version does not include an image of the painting by Hermann Haindl that most of the book uses as a fundamental structure, which is annoying.
Jacque Savageau
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though this book is based on the tarot, it is an excellent teaching tool on Kabbalah. One of my favorite books!
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love most anything that Rachel Pollack writes! She has unique and insightful view on spirituality, tarot, Jewish tradition, and more!
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Rachel Pollack is an American science fiction author, comic book writer, and expert on divinatory tarot. Pollack has been a great influence on the women's spirituality movement.