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This is a private working community for qabalistic experimentation and learning. Our intention is to work through one of the sephiroth each month during 2005. (We will take October off and will work with Da'at so the course of work will be 11 months.) We will begin with Malkuth and work our way up the Tree.

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Kabbalah, Cabala and Qabalah: A preliminary annotated bibliography

First version compiled by Miriam BatAsherah
January 2, 2005

Complete with snarky commentary

Revisions - to come! Some of the bibliographic information below is incomplete due to not all books being on my floor. ;-) There are several books out there that are also excellent but focus mostly on the paths rather than the sephiroth - the majority of the tarot/qabalah books seem to do this (not surprisingly). Being somewhat outside the scope of this year's work, those have been left off.

This is by no means a comprehensive or exhaustive bibliography of Kabblalistic texts - this just happens to be what's in miriams_well's library and will be definitely tackled for the work. Recommendations and additions are highly encouraged!

Most of these books have been through several revisions and printings. Publisher and printing year information below is what's being used by the person who submitted the text. Sometimes this is important: for example, when folks like, oh, Regardie, have their entire corpus hijacked . . .

History and Background

  • Posy, Arnold. Mystic Trends in Judaism. (Johnathan David Publishers, 1994) Short overview of some mystic Jewish schools, including Messianic, Kabbalisic and Hasidic.
  • Scholem, Gershom. Origins of the Kaballah (Princeton/Jewish Publication Society, 1987) History of 12th and 13th c. Kabbalistic movements in France and Spain. (I need more Scholem!!!)

pre-16th c. Foundational Texts - Jewish Kabbalah

  • Gikatilla, Rabbi Joseph. (Ari Weinstein, Trans.) Gates of Light (Sha'are Orah) (AltaMira Press, 1994) 13th century theosophical text, with a chapter for each of the sephirot.
  • Kaplan, Aryeh (trans.) The Bahir: Illumination (Weiser Books, 1990) One of the oldest Kabbalistic texts, which deals explicitly with the sephirot.
  • Kaplan, Aryeh (trans.) Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice (Weiser Books, 1997). Includes several versions of this foundational text in addition to the Gra version.
  • Rosenberg, David (trans.) Dreams of Being Eaten Alive: The Literary Core of the Kabbalah (Three Rivers Press, 2001) Gorgeous translations from the Zohar.
  • Scholem, Gershom (trans.) Zohar : The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah Selected translations from the Zohar.

Oh, and it probably wouldn't hurt to have a good Hebrew Bible. I'm fond of the New Jewish Publication Society translation.

pre-16th c. Foundational Texts - Christian Cabala

  • Ruechlin, Johann. On the Art of the Kabbalah (De Arte Cabalistica). (University of Nebraska Press, 1983) Translation of an early 16th century Latin text from a German humanist explaining and defending Jewish mysticism, aligning Kabbalistic and Pythagorean thought. Put forward as an imaginary set of debates between a Spanish Kabbalist, a Pythagorean and a Muslim.

Ceremonial Magick: Qabalistic texts

A note: I do not at all recommend the current publications of Israel Regardie's works by the Ciceros. I'm lucky enough to have the books below in their pre-Cicero'd versions; I'd recommend waiting to find a used version of the originals rather than getting the new versions, but Do What Thou Wilt and all that.

  • Crowley, Aleister. 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings (Weiser, 1979) Dude. Charts, charts, a few blinds, and more charts.
  • DuQuette, Lon Milo. The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed ben Clifford (Weiser, 2001) A humorous but comprehensive overview of modern ceremonial qabalah.
  • Fortune, Dion. The Mystical Qabalah (Weiser, 2000)
  • Gray, William. The Office of the Holy Tree of Life (Sound of Light, 1970) Weird little office or novena or whathaveyou for the tree of life that I happened to find in a used book store.
  • Regardie, Israel. A Garden of Pomegranates
  • Regardie, Israel. The Middle Pillar
  • Regardie, Israel. The Tree of Life (Weiser, 1969)
  • Regardie, Israel. A Practical Guide to Geomantic Divination (Weiser, 1973)
  • Townley, Kevin. The Cube of Space: container of Creation (Archive Press, 1993) One of the only comprehensive books I've found on the Cube of Space, from a BOTA perspective.
  • Waite, Arthur Edward. The Holy Kabbalah (Oracle, 1996) Ceremonial take on the Kabbalah from an anti-Semitic pompous bastard. (Whoops - was that my outside voice? - Miriam) I'm gonna read it anyway.

Ceremonial Magick: other aligned texts

These encyclopedic books have qabalistic information, but not as the primary focus.

  • Crowley, Aleister. Book Four. (Weiser, 1994) Compendium which includes Book of the Law, Magick in Theory and Practice and lots of other Crowley goodness.
  • Regardie, Israel. The Golden Dawn (Llewellyn, 1989)

Jewish Kabbalah - Modern

  • Cooper, Rabbi David A. God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Riverhead Books, 1998) Excellent book on modern Jewish Kabbalistic thought.
  • Gelberman, Rabbi Joseph H. Zen Judaism: Teaching Tales by a Kabbalistic Rabbi (The Crossing Press, 2001) Short teaching tales for meditation.
  • Labowitz, Shoni. Miraculous Living (Simon and Schuster, 1996) Mostly meditative teachings, uses an approach of a chapter for each of the sephirot.
  • Leet, Leonora. The Kabbalah of the Soul: The Transformative Psychology and Practices of Jewish Mysticism (Inner Traditions, 2003)

Modern Kabbalah, not otherwise categorized

  • HaLevi, Z'ev ben Shimon. Psychology and Kabbalah (Weiser, 1986)
  • HaLevi, Z'ev ben Shimon. School of the Soul (Weiser, 1985) A book on how to set up your own Kabbalistic study group or school. Hmmmmmmm . . . !
  • Shenkin, David. The Path of the Kabbalah (Paragon House, 1986)

Modern Kabbalah, syncretic weirdness

  • Myers, Stewart. Between the Worlds: Witchcraft and the Tree of Life -- A program of spiritual development (Llewellyn, 1995) Mostly seems to rip off Crowley's work without credit.
  • Reed, Ellen Cannon. The Witches Qabala: The Pagan Path and the Tree of Life (Weiser, 1997)
  • Yudelove, Eric Steven. The Tao and the Tree of Life: Alchemical and Sexual Mysteries of the East and West (Llewellyn, 1996)


  • Crowley, Aleister. The Book of the Law Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the Law, Love under Will. The rest is commentary. Go and study.

Online Sources

BOTA.org has information on the Builders of the Adytum, who hold courses on the Qabalah and Tarot. Site includes listings of local events. (Note: this is NOT an endorsement - I've never worked with these folks.)
Hermetic.com has a huge library of publically available and anti-copyrighted texts, including Crowley's works.