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Kabbalah cards: Using the ageless wisdom for guidance, insight and greater self-awareness Cards – October 30, 2005
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The 'Paths' will look unfamiliar to those who are used to Hermetic Qabalah; just try to remember that this is Kabbalah, i.e. traditional Jewish metaphysical philosophy. The author states that these cards are intended to be "used as a visual aidl for a journey of self-exploration using the Kabbalistic Tree of Life as a symbolic map of the psyche" (page 6). A lot can be learned by studying the small booklet (106 pages) that comes with the cards (10 Major, 22 Minor).
These cards will certainly appeal to collectors of such cards, but also to anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of the Qabalah / Kabbalah. Recommended.
Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't seem to provide the full product description as found on the back of this small box set of cards. It reads:
"Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish mystical system which promisees to reveal the nature and purpose of existence. Kabbalah teacher and author Paul Roland has created a unique set of Kabbalah Cards to introduce its principles - which form the foundation of the Western esoteric tradition - in a simplified and practical form. By using the cards in spreads similar to those in tarot readings you can discover the underlying themes of your life and the means by which you can overcome difficulties and make the most of your opportunities. The cards can also be used in meditation for a journey of self-exploration using the Kabbalistic Tree of Life as a symbolic map of the psyche."
The included book provides unique clarity of the Roland's and Gainsford's vision in crafting this deck as well as helpful recommendations for those with a more traditional tarot background, let alone for those new to the medium in general.
Each card is printed on what I would consider medium-grade stock paper, not too thin but not as firm as some other decks, but each image has just enough gloss that the art is expressive with its dynamic use of color as well as drawing the viewer into its unique realm.
For those interested in the Western Mystical traditions in general or a liberal interpretation of Jewish Kabbalah, this deck comes highly recommended.