Cast in God's Image: Discover Your Personality Type Using the Enneagram and Kabbalah

A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint

Including hands-on spiritual exercises and guided meditations, offers an accessible and enjoyable way to learn about your personality type and its spiritual implications—and insight on the sacred tasks that are uniquely yours to perform in this world.

Rabbi Howard A. Addison

7 x 9, 176 pp | 978-1-58023-124-4

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Who am I? What are the sacred tasks that are uniquely mine?

The most basic questions in life are also the most important. You can take a powerful step toward self-fulfillment if you first recognize the roots of your spiritual makeup. In Cast in God’s Image,  Rabbi Howard A. Addison helps you to do this through an understanding of your personality type—and the types of the people around you.

Using two of the most important maps of consciousness known to us—the kabbalistic Tree of Life and the nine-pointed Enneagram—Addison decodes spiritual meaning  and provides you with the tools to:

  • Determine your personality type by identifying your own patterns of behavior.
  • Strengthen your relationships with others by learning how to observe their response patterns and recognize how these patterns correspond with your own.
  • Discover how your personality type’s virtues—and vices—connect with the Divine, and ways you can use this knowledge to enrich your life in many ways.

Including more than twenty hands-on spiritual exercises and guided meditations, Cast in God’s Image gives  you an accessible and enjoyable way to learn about yourself —and guidance on how to use this insight to reveal the sacred tasks that are uniquely yours to perform in this world.

  • Which are you?
  • The Perfectionist
  • The Caregiver
  • The Achiever
  • The Romantic
  • The Loyal Cynic
  • The Adventurer
  • The Confronter
  • The Mediator
  • The Observer

Praise for Howard A. Addison's Work

“The question of why I was born and what is my calling is the great question of every person’s existence. Warm, caring and wise, this book may well be a vital tool for you in clarifying those ultimate issues. Read this book as an important and exciting step in identifying your path.”

Rabbi Marc Gafni, author of Soul Prints: Your Path to Fulfillment

“The of the world’s great traditions will always illustrate, enhance and support one another in our basic self-understanding and our relationship with God. Rabbi Addison, in this well-presented treatment of the kabbalistic Tree of Life and the Enneagram, shows how they go hand-in-hand in accomplishing this.”

Rev. William A. Meninger, OCSO, author of The Loving Search for God: Contemplative Prayer and the Cloud of Unknowing

“A heartfelt modern illumination of one Jewish path towards spiritual integration.”

Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, PhD, author of Sufi: Expressions of the Mystical Quest, and founder,

“In comparing the Enneagram diagram with the Tree of Life, this groundbreaking book initiates the important and necessary work of bridging historic mystical traditions.”

Helen Palmer, Center for Enneagram Studies, Berkeley, California

“A stimulating blend of two flavors of mystical psychology. Guaranteed to help you understand yourself and others more deeply.”

Daniel C. Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah and God & the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science & Spirituality

“Finally, someone has made the helpful connection between the Enneagram and Kabbalah; Howard Addison does it very well. His book should help restore the spiritual goal and foundations of the Enneagram.”

Richard Rohr, OFM, Enneagram teacher

“This most enlightening book offers a powerful prescription for self-discovery, spiritual healing,and personal growth. Read it and let your soul soar to the highest realms of knowing and being.”

Rabbi Wayne Dosick, PhD, author of Soul Judaism and The Business Bible

Prologue • ix
Divine Treasure
1 Children of the King • 3
2 God’s Currency • 6
The Types of Personalities
3 Nine Points • 15
4 Point One: The Perfectionist • 24
5 Point Two: The Caregiver • 31
6 Point Three: The Achiever • 38
7 Point Four: The Romantic • 45
8 Point Five: The Observer • 52
9 Point Six: The Loyal Cynic • 59
10 Point Seven: The Adventurer • 66
11 Point Eight: The Confronter • 73
12 Point Nine: The Mediator • 80
13 Your Personality Type • 87
The Roots of Our Souls
14 The Enneagram–Kabbalah Connection • 93
15 A Study in Contrasts: The Enneagram Outlook • 98
16 A Study in Contrasts: The Kabbalah Perspective • 103
Discerning Your Mission
17 Spacious Freedom Divine • 109
18 Self-Observation and Self-Reflection • 115
19 How Did You Arrive? • 129
20 Corresponding with God • 137
Final Thoughts: The Willingness to Try • 145
Notes • 146
Glossary • 148
Suggestions for Further Reading • 152
About Jewish Lights • 154