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Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia by David Godwin
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Jul 12, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: reference, thelema, qabala, astrology, spirituality, z-library, zl-glmml, _gone
Recommended for: Western qabalists
Read from March 12 to 29, 2010

Definitely more useful for the Hermeticist than for the Jewish mystic, although the Hebrew bits are very well done in both an easily readable native font and multiple transliterations where there is doubt or conflict among sources. The prefatory and supplemental materials are quite good, though I do wish they had gone into more detail on some of the more abstruse topics collected in the encyclopedic entries themselves; e.g., the Tunnels of Set are referenced throughout, but only about one paragraph citing Kenneth Grant as the principle source of that material is given, perhaps because Godwin doesn't find it all that useful himself. It also could use more extensive descriptions on some topics within the entries to obviate the need for cross-referencing to other works, though admittedly that could well push the size of the work up to unmanageable proportions, given its existing heft. All that said, I'm sure I'll be sifting through this as a reference source quite frequently.
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