The Parallax Oracle:
Archetypal Kabbalah, Tarot and The Tree of Life
If you would like to read the Minor Arcana with the heart of a kabbalist, this is the book and deck of cards to you. Just the Fibonacci sequence underlies the sacred geometric spiral of life, the kabbalistic Tree of Life underlies the human journey of spiritual beings. In an age of cultural fusion, what happens when you interweave Kabbala and Tarot? You find a spiritual practice arising, a deepening intuitive awareness and connection us to the underlying Oness of all Life. Experienced Tarot readers add nuanced layers of spirituality to their present understanding of the Minor Arcana. Aspiring kabbalists find in these images and explanations new insights that awaken the experience and expression of self-discovery and personal empowerment.
What readers are saying:
Heather Mendel’s inspired and updated joining of Kabbalah and Tarot is a masterpiece of magical art. This is a special gift to those of us who appreciate intelligent forms of divination and self-assessment. The commentary is written with craft and clarity. I recommend it to you as a serious and fun practice.Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
Heather Mendel’s profoundly creative and artistic presentation of The Parallax Oracle expands ancient wisdom from the Kabbalah and Tarot to offer what our time most needs — an authentic evolution of ancient wisdom updated for this moment. Let this map of Consciousness unfold for you — from the inside out. Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.
An author surrounded by rabbinic tradition, well versed in the practice of Kabbalistic mysteries, Mendel presents a guide that satisfies left and right brain. The history and rationale behind the Parallax Oracle is thoroughly documented and explained. Kabbalistic wisdom is skillfully wedded to the intuitive dance of the Tarot. The questioning resulting from this oracular synthesis goes beyond prognostication. It takes us to a place where seekers and guides find themselves with the opportunity to exert their free will and wisely choose the next steps in the journey. Robert Sachs, author of The Path of Civility and The Ecology of Oneness.
Cards such as these can be mirrors or windows: mirrors if you seek insight into yourself; windows if you seek wisdom of the Self. Heather Mendel’s The Parallax Oracle and its companion The Syzygy Oracle are more about questions than answers, more about Self than self. Move into this work slowly and allow Heather to guide you on a kabbalistic journey that never ends. Rabbi Rami Shapiro author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent
The intuitive and knowledge-based approaches to understanding tarot are sadly often seen as separate and even contradictory. Heather Mendel has found a way to combine the two approaches that finally gives a clear, compelling and much-needed holistic way of reading the cards. The Parallax Oracle beautifully harmonizes the tradition of the Tree of Life with the norms of intuitive reading practice. A must-read for tarot students at all levels of experience. Wald Amberstone, Director, The Tarot School
The Parallax Oracle deck will elevate you and your reading practice to a new, more profoundly personal and divine relationship with yourself and the cards. Sheilaa Hite, author of 101 Tarot Spreads
Kabbalah is a received tradition that is renewed in each generation so that its teachings are described as “new old words.” Heather Mendel’s new book and deck, The Parallax Oracle fits this definition perfectly, blending traditional wisdom with rich new insights that arise out of dialog with other traditions. This is our good fortune, because Mendel has given us a deceptively simple guide to the workings of Divine energy and how we can connect with it to reach the soul’s highest potential. Mark Horn, author of Gates of Light Tarot
The linkage with the four suits of the Tarot and the Kabbalistic Tree Of Life has long been a mainstay of the esoteric tradition. And yet, there has sometimes seemed something missing, a sense of what it might mean for us, for example, to know that the 3 of Swords refers us to Binah, the third position on the Tree, in the realm of thinking. Heather Mendel lovingly fills in these gaps, showing how the cards we draw, and the places on the Tree they reference, reveal themselves in our lives, and the choices we face. Rachel Pollack, author of Seventy-Eight Degrees Of Wisdom.