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Meditations on the Tarot by Anonymous
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Very interesting. The author (Valentin Tomberg) was a convert to Catholicism from Anthroposophy, after which conversion this book, and Lazarus, Come Forth (or Covenant of the Heart) were written. He uses the images on the Marseilles Tarot trump cards as a point of departure to very eclectic observations. A lot of them do, frankly, deal with occultic concepts such as those from the Kaballah. In my opinion, this is the most boring aspect of the book. Where it really shines is in its dialogue with Eastern religious concepts, Nietzsche, scientistic reductionism, etc. And I understand from others who would know better than me that it’s a good potential pathway for those taken in by the New Age movement back to Christianity.

The author unfortunately, if memory serves, defends certain ideas that are incompatible with Christianity, such as reincarnation and universalism, so the faithful Christian should proceed cautiously if he's not ready to objectively encounter such ideas from an odd, apparently Christian source. But for those who wish to go digging, there do seem to be some gems hiding therein.

To be clear, this book is not about practicing cartomancy (which would be forbidden to Christians, of course). Tarot cards precede their hijacking for that purpose. He uses the images on the cards as a point of departure for his thoughts.

For a (positive) traditional Catholic assessment of the work and its author: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2011/...

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