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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.
- 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
Surpassed all my expectations.
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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.
Amazingly transformative work of spirituality.
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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
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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.
This is, indeed the most important book a tarotist …
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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 rare tome chock-full of amazing magical wisdom
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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.
A Marvelous Mystical Text
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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.
Difficult, dense, illuminating.
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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 …
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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.
Amazing Individual Effort.
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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.
I got this for my husband, who has read …
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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.