Who’s afraid of the Death card?
“There is nothing permanent except change.” (Heraclitus)
It’s a classic Hollywoodian cliché already when the lights go out between thunders and lightnings, the Death card shows up, and you know: somebody will die, a murderer is nearby.
But the Death card really means physical death? If yes why, if not why? Read more…
Introducing basic Numerology. Did you ever add up your birth numbers? 28 February 1982. 2+8=10=1+0=1. February=2. 1+9+8+2=20=2+0=2. 1+2+2=5.
Traditionally, The Hierophant, also known as the High Priest, is numbered 5 (V – Roman number) in the Tarot deck. So, some say, that would be your Tarot card. It’s pretty entertaining, isn’t it? Read more…
The Sun card is still one of the mysteries of the Major Arcane.
In the Tarot deck, there are only three cards bearing planetary names: The Sun, The Moon and The Star.
I think it’s important to understand the role, the function and the symbolism of these cards. There are two distinct aspects: one is the practical and one is the theoretical – philosophical. Read more…
The Law of Seven (or the Law of Octaves) is said to be the basis for the seven notes musical octave. The idea is that in nature, and in the universe at large, nothing continues forever in a direct line. Everything must deviate at definite intervals. If you take the standard seven note octave, plus the first note to a new octave, you get eight notes: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si, and Do. What the law of seven says is that within these eight notes there are two definite intervals, one between mi and fa, and one between Si and the new Do. The intervals are called the Mi/Fa interval and the Si/Do interval. Read more…
The Tarot is an instrument of self-observation and self-remembering.
Gurdjieff mentioned the Tarot, but never speak about it explicitly or mention it as a tool of the “Fourth Way”.
P.D. Ouspensky on the other hand, was very interested in this issue and he has written “The Symbolism of the Tarot”, his account on the Tarot and especially on the 22 cards of the so-called Major Arcane. Read more…
“The essence of human nature is its perpetually evolving desire for pleasure. To realize this desire, we feel compelled to discover, invent, and improve our reality. The gradual intensification of the desire for pleasure has been the force behind human evolution throughout our history. Read more…
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…
Some of the Tarot readers relays on numerological calculations, respectively numerological connections between the cards. If there are more cards of the same number, that means something.
During their readings, they add up the numbers displayed on the cards and based on these calculations, draw different conclusions, make predictions or even give some advices.
My concern is that practitioners do not really know and understand the theoretical aspects and particularly, they do not know how the Tarot cards were numbered and what is their actual numerological value. 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.