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Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism



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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, as was the author’s wish, the intention of this work is for the reader to find a relationship with the author in the spiritual dimensions of existence. The author wanted not to be thought of as a personality who lived from 1900 to 1973, but as a friend who is communicating with us from beyond the boundaries of ordinary life.

Using the 22 major arcana of the tarot deck as a means to explore some of humanity’s most penetrating spiritual questions, Meditations on the Tarot has attracted an unprecedented range of praise from across the spiritual spectrum.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (June 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585421618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421619
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

Amazingly transformative work of spirituality.

12 people found this helpful.
 on December 19, 2014
By clay
How can I praise this book highly enough? This is one of the most transformative, insightful, erudite, and spiritual books I have ever had the pleasure to encounter. As a word of caution this book is not, I repeat not about Tarot reading and divinization. Instead it is a profound mediation on the major arcanum of the Tarot as they relate to the author’s understanding of the Bible and Catholic doctrine. In the book the author seeks to reconcile the teachings of Hermeticism with Catholicism and largely succeeds. There is much in this work that will make a traditional Catholics hair catch on fire, but the book was published with the actual backing of the Catholic hierarchy and the foreword was written by the Catholic Cardinal and heavyweight theologian, Hans Urs Van Balthasar, so any Catholic who wants to write this work off as simply heretical new ageism is going to be hard pressed to justify there objections. The book is incredibly dense with wisdom and this is no quick read. It is written as individual letters and is not meant to be read straight through, instead it is meant to be read slowly and meditated upon deliberately and only then will the book work its magic on you. I honestly can not recommend this master work of spirituality highly enough.

This is, indeed the most important book a tarotist …

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 1, 2015
By Julia
This is, indeed the most important book a tarotist can acquire. In fact, it could possibly be the most important book I’ll read in my lifetime…this is a principled text, one of high-learning. Rich in estoteric thought-form, this book describes & details a system of thinking which will keep one clear & beauteous. This book & Franz Bardon’s three are humbling & definitely works of literary art….of the highest order.

A Marvelous Mystical Text

9 people found this helpful.
 on December 15, 2012
By L. Ron Gardner
I am a mystic-philosopher and writer. Over the past forty years, I have read well over a thousand texts from the various spiritual traditions, both East and West. In my opinion, “Meditations on the Tarot” ranks as one of the finest esoteric spiritual texts ever and as must reading for serious mystics, Christian or otherwise. The book is not only is a treasure trove of profound insights into mystical and occult Dharma, it is also a delightful read thanks to the soaring yet intimate prose of its “anonymous” author, Valentin Tomberg.

I got this for my husband, who has read …

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 12, 2015
By Birdpine
I got this for my husband, who has read it at least 5 times! He has been buying copies for other friends, too. He says it has changed his look on life.

Four Stars

 on January 2, 2018
By sallyho
Very good

Five Stars

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 16, 2015
By marilyn frasca
Astonishing insight.

Meditation on the Tarot

One person found this helpful.
 on January 24, 2017
By Rick Bouchard
A book you truly need to read in a meditative manner.

Everybody shoud read it! Specially in the hard times …

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 7, 2015
By Ma. Angeles Hernández G.
Everybody should read it! Specially in the hard times we are going through. Thanks to Amazon for recovering this book to help humankind

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2017
By D. McD.
Very thought provoking. Challenging.

A fabulous book

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 2, 2013
By Paul Kusbach
This was a carefully chosen gift for.a friend well versed in biblical scholarship. I have read this work many times in order to incorporate its wisdom into my life and wanted to share iI with my friend. It has very many levels of insight for living a meaningful, conscious life.
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