MBS Circle Book Review: Kabbalistic Tarot - Hebraic Wisdom in the Major and Minor Arcana by Dovid Krafchow Published by Inner Traditions Paperback $14.95 www.jewishbohemian.com
Though a slim volume of 132 pages, the explanation is sufficient to perform readings using this method that the author considers is just an introduction. The information in the book includes the tarot's historical roots in terms of the Kabbalah. Krafchow is known as the Jewish Bohemian and has designed what I suggest is a very good teaching module for those who want to include a Kabbalistic perspective in their tarot readings.
Krafchow shows the correspondence between the 22 Major Arcana cards and the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and how the four suits correlate with the levels of the four kabbalistic worlds of Atzilut (Soul), Briah (Intellect), Yetzirah (Emotions), and Asiyah (Action). He explores the kabbalistic meanings of each of the 78 cards and their relations to the Torah and Upright and reversed readings are included with a sample of Tree of Life spread. Insight into the Tree of Life spread is through detailed Kabbalistic readings.
Dovid Krafchow has studied Kabbalah and practiced the tarot for more than thirty years. He began his study of the Torah at the Hadar Hatorah Institute for Rabbinical Studies in New York, and lived for ten years in Zefat, Israel, the city where the Kabbalah was received by the Ari Zal (Rabbi Isaac Luria) 500 years ago.
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