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
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
My one complaint was that the author sometimes uses other traditions and thinkers as strawmen for a Catholic interpretation. I found this distracting and disappointing, but the author does such a fantastic job of presenting his own argume ...more
In going through this text I came across a spectrum of ideas, and in their assembly, I was asked to revisit how I assemble things in my mind, how I have built my own "memory palace" in the spirit of Matteo Ricci and Frances Yates, and how I connect old and new moments. I appreciate the results of this journey, and the research through history that the anonymous author took, and the heartfelt desire he\she had for all of the Unknown Friends for which the book was wri ...more
It was first recommended to me many years ago by a good, a holy friend, who is a Trappist mo
nk at a nearby monastery. At first, I was put off and puzzled by the title, but, rest assured, this is no bizzare work of occultism. It is one of the most life-changing explications and explorations of the Christian Mystery and Revelation ...more
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.”