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

Surpassed all my expectations.

 on August 18, 2016
By amazon customer
If I could only keep one book, this would be the book that I would keep for ever. This is a book that I plan to read many times. Not an easy book to read, not a book to “learn how to read the Tarot.” However, it is a book that will teach you how to live, learn, and grow as a human being. It would be hard to imagine a more profound book written about Tarot and spiritual life in general. Highly recommended for anyone that want to go deeper into the relationship between Tarot and spiritual life.

One of the very best books of the 20th Century.

 on July 13, 2018
By Karl3993
If you have an interest in esoteric Christianity, or an interest in plumbing the depths of what the Apostle Paul called “the secret and hidden wisdom of God” (1Corinthians 2) then this book will be of great interest to you. For many reasons it isn’t an easy read. First, you have to be capable of independent thought. Second, you must be open to seeing the world around you in terms that are (at least) somewhat different, maybe very different from those with which you have become accustomed. And finally, for the modern Christian this book is especially challenging because it approaches Christian spirituality from the point-of- view of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. At the outset many a Christian will shrink from this approach as one would surely shrink from a dark and malevolent superstition. However, this would be an error. The Major Arcana provide a framework within which the author discusses many aspects of (again paraphrasing Paul from 1Timothy) “the profound mysteries of our religion.” If you are interested in an exploration of these mysteries that is erudite, discerning, and filled with penetrating insight then this may very well be a book for you. In my view this book is one of the few that is worthy to be placed on the bookshelf next to the Holy Scriptures. A book of this kind can be a lifetime study.

Amazingly transformative work of spirituality.

 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.

Comprehensive Meditation on Christian Hermetics

 on July 26, 2016
By Bruce Hanify
A beautiful and rare jewel in a sea of books about Tarot. Tomberg learned Christian Hermetics from Rosicrucians in St Petersburg, Russia, before being obliged to flee the communist Revolution. This is a scholarly book of great depth and beauty. NOT FOR DABBLERS. A rare find.

A rare tome chock-full of amazing magical wisdom

 on September 24, 2016
By Dr. Wm. C. Corrado
An extraordinary compendium of deep, sacred reflections upon tarot, astrology, the Christian Jewish and Muslim faiths as well as psychology. A rare tome chock-full of amazing magical wisdom.

This is, indeed the most important book a tarotist …

 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.

Difficult, dense, illuminating.

 on December 8, 2013
By Dreaming
Tarot books vary from the dense and obscure dictations of Waite, to the lucid, reader-friendly manuals you can pick up at your local bookstore. Meditations on the Tarot, however, doesn’t really fit neatly onto this spectrum. It doesn’t spend any time discussing spreads, or how a card should be read in conjunction with other cards, or inverted meanings. Instead, the book spends one chapter on each card of the Major Arcana, and explicates that card in mystic/philosophical/historical/magical fashion. The author is obviously well-versed in the Western Occult tradition, and seems readily able to cite sources from the Bible, Eliphas Levi, the Corpus Hermeticum, and any various texts one might think of. Even holding this book in your hand, you will notice a difference: at 688 pages, this book is physically, as well as topically, substantial.

Above all other things I could say, I say …

 on June 13, 2015
By C.
Above all other things I could say, I say what is most to the point : This work is a blessing. And those who think as much after having it arrive in their life, shall themselves be humbled by its gift.

Brace yourselves! This is a tour de force. …

 on March 25, 2016
By LJohnson
Brace yourselves! This is a tour de force. Very, very dense and depending on your level of previous knowledge, depth of reading in theology, and interest in the history of mysticism, you may find it necessary to speed read some parts and tarry on others. Doesn’t matter. It’s an inspired book.

Amazing Individual Effort.

 on July 26, 2011
By J. Brunner
For goodness sake, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, get this formatted for the kindle. It is horribly big to carry around. Many meditations are astoundingly beautiful and therefore true (?). They are so beautiful, infact, that I almost don`t trust them. For example, meditations on Poverty, Chastity and Obedience and how these relate to the three temptations in the opening chapters are astonishing and relevant for anyone interested in Spirituality regardless of whichever religious tradition they identify with.
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