Before this book, I regarded the Qabala as a jewish-christian System to make everything more complicated than it actually is. (I definitely read the wrong books!) The Qabala is a System which can be integrated harmoniously also on the pagan path. Each Sephira is presented with a text passage from the "Charge" and a small picture of the tree always shows the beginner where we a standing on the "map of the universe". Many pagan Gods are integrated in the explanation to each Sephira which is really good and doesn't overstrain the beginner, but still gives profound information. She doesn't say much of the paths though, but surely for the beginning to concentrate on the sephirot is not bad at all. On the other side she presents some nice exercises, to show how it's possible to work with the qabala, but the presentation of the sephrioth is surely stressed in the book. The best thing: it is full of pictures of the tree representing it's correspondences, like Angels, translations of the hebrew names, virtues, vices, spiritual experiences, animals, perfumes, stones etc. This book definitely gives the beginner a wonderfull access and lays the foundation stone if one chooses to deepen the work on the qabala. For me personally it gave me the insight, that the qabala is an easy to understand practical system and not that scary "everything made very complicated" I thought of it before. The book gave me the courage and pleasure to deepen my studies in the Qabala - and I am still enjoing them!
Ellen does a fantastic job of making the Qabala accessible to the Pagan community without stripping it of the valued symbolism it has garnered throughout the centuries. Her unique, down to earth style coupled with her superb analogies make these once difficult concepts very easy to grasp. The Witches Qabala is great for teachers, students, and solitary practitioners. Outlined in the book are examples of the how the Qabala can be used to evaluate your students' or your own progress on your respective path. The practicle portions of the book include meditations and visualizations that facilitate the learning process and growth.
Ellen Cannon-Reed presents the Qabalah in easy to understand language. Qabalah is a very extensive and often confusing system but this book clarifies the spirit of the system and inspires to further study. The companion book relates to the paths of the Qabalah and the Witches Tarot deck. These two books have aided in the development in insight in using her tarot.
The study of the Qabalah can sometimes be confusing and hard to make a connection to. Ellen Cannon Reed has taken the confusion out of Qabalah by writing an excellent, easy to read reference tool. This is a permanant keeper in any Witches library.