Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism
Now in a fully corrected edition, one of the true spiritual classics of the twentieth century.
Published for the first time with an index and Cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar's afterword, this new English publication of Meditations on the Tarot is the landmark edition of one of the most important works of esoteric Christianity. Written anonymously and published posthumously,
He uses the Tarot Deck to reconcile the modern church with the Gnostic traditions. (I'm n ...more
“Now, the normal relationship between thought, feeling, and the will for a civilised and educated person is such that his thought awakens feeling and directs the will. Having to act, one thinks, one imagines, one feels, and - ...more
In the introduction, in translation, we read:
“These Letters were written in French because in France—since the eighteenth century until the present time—there exists a literature on the Tarot, a phenomenon which is found nowher ...more
The book is not about divination. The author uses the symbols of the ...more
No, I'm not done reading it yet. I suspect that once I am, my copy will be so battered that I will need to ...more
The author, who published the book anonymously and posthumously, exudes an unmistakable connection to God as well as rational and moral rightness. Warning: this is very dense reading and I would recommend spending a lot of time, as much as one needs, to digest the wisdom. This is a book not to scan but to savor ...more
What's it about? W..e..l..l.. There are ancient mystical traditions, partly commingled with Catholicism (the author was a devout Catholic), which we have little clear sight of today. The author had clear sight, and he shared his understanding in a series of essays on the symbolism used in the Marseilles Tar ...more
I suspect I'll be steadily re-reading this masterwork of esoteric Christian spirituality the rest of my life, and that it's contemplative symbolism will work its way into my writing, as it has alre ...more
Now, each card is presented as a teaching tool of sorts for a particular set of ...more
The insights, historical information, metaphysical and esoteric content I have not seen or even heard of anywhere else. The Major Arcana of the tarot deck described and exhaustively explored as symbolic representations of traditional spiritual practices. Even where my own personal belief ...more
I can feel my spiritual eyes and ears forming and growing into the Cosmos and Pleroma through Tomberg's writings. He's truly a great initiate of our age.
A book to keep on the nightstand to return to for inspiration and renewal.
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What I am saying concerning mysticism, gnosis, magic and philosophy would be considered by him only as a ruse on the part of the bourgeois class, with the aim of “screening with a mystical and idealistic haze” the reality of the exploitation of the proletariat by the bourgeoisie…although I have not inherited anything from my parents and I have not experienced a single day without having to earn my living by means of work recognised as “legitimate” by Marxists!
Another contemporary example of possession by a system is Freudianism. A man possessed by this system will see in everything that I have written only the expression of “suppressed libido”, which seeks and finds release in this manner. It would therefore be the lack of sexual fulfillment which has driven me to occupy myself with the Tarot and to write about it!
Is there any need for further examples? Is it still necessary to cite the Hegelians with their distortion of the history of humanity, the Scholastic “realists” of the Middle Ages with the Inquisition, the rationalists of the eighteenth century who were blinded by the light of their own autonomous reasoning?
Yes, autonomous philosophical systems separated from the living body of tradition are parasitic structures, which seize the thought, feeling and finally the will of human beings. In fact, they play a role comparable to the psycho-pathological complexes of neurosis or other psychic maladies of obsession. Their physical analogy is cancer.”