I have mostly used the Kabbalah as a loose, baggy sort of vehicle for talking about other things. I have found the categories and structures to be useful framing device, in part because it allows me to imagine a potential reader.
After reading this article over on Hermetic Lessons, I think I’ll be doing a lot less of that. It’s really useful and straightforward. It also points out one of the most obvious mistakes I’ve (lazily) inherited from having first been exposed to the Kabbalah through ceremonial magicians: attaching planets to the sefirot.
The funny thing about this is that while I haven’t made extensive use of the Kabbalah’s tree in my practice, the use of a mediocre version of it to explicate, even loosely, some of what I have learned and developed from that practice introduces a subtle distortion throughout. So, less of that going forward will be a must.