The Tarot



Many theories exist on the origin of the Tarot. During different periods of the history, the secret one (the word means "conceal") or studies at the free disposal of all or deeply secretly, according to the authorities of the culture of the attitude towards the secret knowledge. A theory is that in the big library of Alexandria in Egypt, exist parchments that contain the whole knowledge of the ancient world.

The origin of these playing cards comes from the ancient Egypt and from a derivation of the famous "book of Thoth" or sacred book which origin believes was realized in golden sheets and it dictated by Thoth "Egyptian God" who was in charge of foreseeing the future and the measurement of the time.

Also he is ascribed with the invention of the numbers and of the writing in engravings. Apparently he had the whole respect of the rulers and the adoration of the people, which were considering him to be the God who was handling the life and the destination of all of them. It seems in the Ptolemies epoch, Hermes was consider the incarnation of the God Thoth, also he was a great king in Egypt.

The major arcana was believed it was his work, captured in the Emerald Table, which was a precious stone in which there was recorded the magic table, and it was later found in the Hermes grave. This table can be compared with tables that were established in the Moses' law.

Many of the symbols that appear in the "book of Thoth" is believed come from teaching of ancient civilizations that populated the Earth almost eighty centuries ago, and that left this trace with these engravings, many of them much updated nowadays.

It seems that the "book of Thoth" was written before the pyramids were construct and even from the beginning of the Egyptian civilization. In this book there was condensed the whole Universe, the animals, the civilization, the material and spiritual world, the intellectual world, the sky, the divine thing, the human and the cosmos.

Many prints of this book have to do with astrology and hence there is some similarity in part on their interpretation. It is believed that the creation of this book was a cause of great cultural information about the era and a desire to explore and discover the progress, science, and evolution of life.

There is great similarity between the prints of "Book of Thoth" with engravings on the pyramids and sphinx. Of these prints has led the creation of the prints of the major arcana in fusion with the 40 cards of batons, swords and cups that identify us in everyday life.

This set of cards are called "Tarot" or "Egyptian Tarot" and is what is used through the centuries and cultures as a method of divination.

It is said that the gypsies brought the letters to Europe and the "gypsy" is considered a form of "Egyptian" corruption. The Catholic Church called it "the devil's picture book" and the cards were quickly condemned as heresy by the Inquisition.

There seems no doubt that the cards are a means for the preservation of ancestral knowledge that the Catholic Church considers dangerous or heretical, at a time that is literally a danger to his life to believe anything other than the established Church dogma.

Although we can only speculate about its origins, the Tarot images are inextricably linked to ancient beliefs, mythologies, and religious systems, as the Hebrew Kabbalah. Others, notably Pythagoras, believed that the letters and numbers themselves are divine beings possessing extraordinary powers, the Greek neo-Pythagorean school taught these ideas.

The French nobleman, a scholar of initiation sciences known as the Count of Gebelin, discovers that the name Tarot comes from two ancient Egyptian words: Tar meaning way and Ro meaning real. So that means Real Way to Knowledge.

What we know for sure is that the Tarot has represented universal symbols known to the ancient Rosicrucians, who used the phrase whose symbols Rota Mundi and the famous writer and mystic Sir Francis Bacon used in his cryptographic entries, such as numbers 22 , 56 and 78. Notice that the tarot is composed of 78 cards.

Symbol of Ideas

The Tarot is really symbolic and graphic body of universal ideas, which are connected with the mind of the human being in subconscious level, is in this aspect that represents all its mystical cidified content. These principles have always existed, that is why the Tarot is absolutely symbolic expression of the Kabbalah.

Because of the ease and flexibility of their management by human hands, Tarot gets connects and becomes one with the consciousness of one who handles it with the most strict respect and knowledge the same that is it in the content on the main universal mysteries.

Anima Mundi
In the opinion of the alchemists and mystics, the universal significance of symbols like Tarot, presents and preserves, was thought from the first Anima Mundi or Soul of the World, which was considered a great repository of knowledge, as a Universal library, which was filled with memories and wisdom of the whole humanity - past, present and future.

Sometimes called the "Akashic records", this source of knowledge can be accessed by anyone willing to make the effort of deep contemplation.

Within this group are all the base groups of basic figures found in religions, myths, legends and fairy tales. All together, these figures conceal a magical storehouse of profound esoteric knowledge. For example, The Empress symbolizes the essence of femininity as represented in the Great Goddess Mother of the ancient in the world, religion. She can be seen as representative of what Goethe called "the eternal feminine," as myth and psychology.

So does each figure of the Tarot convening of the fourth unconscious person in a deep resonance. The contact with these images in a conscious process, deliberate allows the revival of secret from the deepest layer of the human collectivity to the surface and in its integration into the life of a person.

Tarot cards are useful for meditation and for divination, or respond to questions. An act to stimulate intuition, which is the key to the door of the unconscious. They act to illuminate the hidden factors in the life of a person having to do with the situation in question. Often the person whom he/she may not be aware of these internal issues that secretly make the course of their life. The Tarot, by contacting what is inside the person, reveals.

The tarot deck consists of 78 cards: 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.

The 22 major arcana represent a journey through one's life, which begins with the letter of the Magician and ends with a letter calling the Fool. Although many of the mystics have called this the road through life, some clergy have said that the cards are the way to hell and devil. The Devil is a card in the major arcana, but it represents: Passions, sexuality, desires, materialistic tie, selfish, evil tendencies.

Another letter is widely misunderstood, it is the famous letter of death, that death does not mean the physical body, but simply the change and transformation of some kind. Other researchers claim that these 22 letters represent the older mysteries, the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and yet are in correspondence with the 22 paths of the Tree of Life.

Major Arcana:
The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of twenty two cards without suits; The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World, The Fool.

I. The Magician: Skill, spontaneity, eloquence, start of new targets.

II.The High Priestess: Ability to let things happen.

III. The Empress: intelligence, femininity, fertility, progress, achievements.

IV. The Emperor: mental maturity, firmness, stable force, power, performance.

V. The Pope: protection, person to turn to in difficult times, evolution, spirituality and finding inner truth, teaching and helping others.

VI. The Lovers: Love, choice, love, marriage, marriage.

VII.The Chariot: movement, progress, success, travel.

VIII. The Strength: Justice, balance, clarity, objectivity and impartiality.

IX. The Hermit: reflection, inner searching caution.

X. The Wheel of Fortune: Destiny. Beginning and end. Impending change.

XI. The Strength: Confidence, control, control.

XII. The Hanged Man, Sacrifice, delivery, testing, transition, regeneration.

XIII. The Death: Transformation, cleaning, necessary losses.

XIV. The Temperance: Balance, compromise, understanding, patience and trust.

XV. The Devil: Passions, sexuality, desires, link materialistic, selfish, evil tendencies.

XVI. The Tower: Change sudden, unexpected events, disaster, loss, accidents.

XVII.The Star: Hope, possibilities, creativity, good omens, fertility, labor and dreams conclusion.

XVIII. The Moon: Illusions, delusions, deceptions, bad relationships, and companies in distress.

XIX. The Sun: Happiness, love, relationships, friendly cooperation, creativity, artistic, success.

XX. The Judgement: Balance, reflection, atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, reward.

XXI. The World: Outcome, success, happiness.

XXII. The Fool: Freedom, independence, wildness, travel, excitement, inspiration.

While minor arcana consists of the same 56 letters included in the Spanish deck, although its graphics are not the same diagrams represent the minor mysteries of the manifest world. Each tarot card represents a universal law or principle, both for the spiritual worlds as the material world. Tarot cards work synergistically by the Law of Correspondence, being synchronized between themselves with the surrounding events, as they are raised and connected by the unconscious man.

Relationship with the Kabbalah

For the outstanding teacher Santiago Aranegui: "The Tarot is a direct representation of the Tree of Life, of the 22 paths, and planetary correspondences of the four worlds of Kabbalah. By the Tarot our subconscious can communicate with us and show us the conditions as are outlined in the archives of Akasha (the astral light), as the existing karmic delineation.

We must always remember that the tarot reading you do not indicate the final conditions to happen, but how are these cosmic aspects at the time of the present moment.

Once you can see these conditions as they occur, they must be analyzed as to its causes, effects and implications Karmat using cabalistic knowledge to make corrections that are relevant, in order to jump a new future parallel but higher .

In itself, this is the objective of knowledge as a whole, which is none other than carry out the correction of past actions to prevent further negative effects and not have to face again in this life or in the future with those getting out the facts that will step up to solve it once and for all.

Karma law can not be deleted, but if transcended if necessary corrections are made. Also using the cabalistic ritual can neutralize and transmute negative forces working behind the conditions presented. "

Card Types

There have been several Tarots from very ancient times, but there is a very great similarity, not to mention the word equivalence between them, but I believe four are the closest to that esoteric truth: that of Marseille, Egyptian, of Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley. Although Marseille is fit very well by its geometric forms and it is simple, based on the studies find that the Tarot Crowley, who was a deep student of all the esoteric philosophy and an initiate of the occult arts, are the most appropriate and graphically representing the cabalistic law, but recommended only for experts and those with high skills in magic, esotericism and symbology.

Crowley, criticized and admired as any other magician, was branded to be the most evil man in the world, although such accusations are very questionable because it was first time a libertarian in a little tolerance, which naturally attracted criticism and megalomaniac character made him challenging them to rise above his critics with statements like "I am the Antichrist, the beast 666" and other antics of the sort, causing even more critical. Nobody can deny the overwhelming culture and its subsequent influence on western esotericism which incorporates East: Sufi, Tantra, Yoga, etc..

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