I heard lot of good things about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book on Tarot, then I read a couple of positive comments on different Tarot forums and specific social media groups. Finally, I stumbled into a quite exciting book synopsis which determined to read the book.
I have to admit, I had quite high expectations and somewhat I was pretty disappointed. I will explain.
But for the beginning, who is Alejandro Jodorowsky?
Born to Jewish-Ukrainian and Polish parents in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comics writer, and spiritual guru, currently living in Paris (France). Read more…
Most of the Tarot readers relays on Numerological calculations, during their readings they add up the numbers of the cards and based on this calculations, draw conclusions, make predictions or give advices.
My concern is that practitioners do not really know and understand the theoretical aspects of the esoteric sciences and how these are all connected and based on a common, unitary system. Read more…
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”
(Proverbs 3: 13-18, New International Version)
From human perspective, the ‘truth’ is permanently relative and variable. From personal perspective, there are always three ‘kind’ of truths: mine, yours and her/his. The first two are always subjective, while the third, supposedly, should be objective, respectively neuter. From universal and esoteric perspective, there is only one truth, most probably, out of our reach.
Jacob’s Ladder or the Mystical Stairway to Heaven
Regarding the ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, the original Hebrew expression is Sulam Yaakov where ‘sullam’ means ‘ladder’. In this particular context ‘sullam’ most probably represents a connection, a bridge between Earth and Heaven. Although the ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is a widely used term of reference, in some translations of the Bible instead of the ‘ladder’ we may find ‘stairway’ or ‘highway’. The King James Bible, English Standard Version, JPS Tanakh 1917, English Revised Version, Darby Bible Translation, American Standard Version uses the term ‘ladder”, while the New International Version, New Living Translation, Holman Christian Standard Bible, World English Bible, uses the term ‘stairway’. The ‘highway’ form is only used in the International Standard Version and in the NET Bible edition. Read more…
“In order to know the future it is necessary first to know the present in all its details, as well as to know the past. Today is what it is because yesterday was what it was.
And if today is like yesterday, tomorrow will be like today. If you want tomorrow to be different, you must make today different. If today is simply a consequence of yesterday, tomorrow will be a consequence of today in exactly the same way. And if one has studied thoroughly what happened yesterday, the day before yesterday, a week ago, a year, ten years ago, one can say unmistakably what will and what will not happen tomorrow.” (Gurdjieff)
“The difference between objective art and subjective art is that in objective art the artist really does ‘create,’ that is, he makes what he intended, he puts into his work whatever ideas and feelings he wants to put into it. Read more…
“Knowledge is one thing, understanding is another thing.
People often confuse these concepts and do not clearly grasp what is the difference between them.
Knowledge by itself does not give understanding. Nor is understanding increased by an increase of knowledge alone. Understanding depends upon the relation of knowledge to being. Understanding is the resultant of knowledge and being. And knowledge and being must not diverge too far, otherwise understanding will prove to be far removed from either. Read more…