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 across a quite interesting 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.
For the beginning, let’s see who Alejandro Jodorowsky is?
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 advice.
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.
Two distinctive issues here. 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)