Tarot is a book written to maintain an underground mystery school for free thinking believers in the power of the Light. These freethinkers are often called the Illuminati. The Illuminati are just one of many schools, cabals, of thought based on the workings of the Light. The school that uses Tarot cards is called Yoga of the West.
The secret doctrine of the Light, because of its heretical nature, has been reserved and shared with only those deemed worthy. Those who have the “eyes to see.” This teaching that reveals the Light is Gnostic (pre-Roman Christian), Pythagorean, and Pagan, but predominantly it’s Judaic. The root teaching focuses on our power as individuals to realize the power of creation, to become one with the Light, create miracles and attain eternal life. These are Messianic teachings.
Kabbalah has been subjected to centuries of hearsay. Evidenced by the many different spellings used by the different schools of interpretation: Cabala, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah, Practical Kabbalah, Christian Kabbalah, Hermetic Qabalah, English Qabalah. All these different cabals are working to interpret a diagram known as the Tree of Life. This diagram is a four dimensional diagram of paths. Paths that reflect the workings of the “Light.” The Light is the life force; it is the energy of creation. There are no words to define the Light. So scholars of this work assign symbols, numbers and archetype beings in different combinations to each path in their effort to define the power.
The creator of this diagram is shrouded in mystery. Many researchers say the diagram was created in the middle ages, others say it goes all the way back to the time of the Biblical Genesis, and still others say it was given to Moses along with the Ten Commandments. The mystery becomes even more intriguing with the work of modern Kabalist mathematicians who have created four dimensional computer generated diagrams of the Tree that reveal DNA.
Famed psychologist Carl Jung named the archetype paths on the Tree of Life our Collective Unconscious. The four dimensions of the Tree, reflected in the four suits of the Tarot deck, reveal the Jungian four personality types. Jung hypothesized that when and or if we are able to bring all of the workings of the paths into our conscious awareness then we become whole human beings. This is also when we balance all aspects of the four personality types within our self. A whole human being is a master of the paths, a Messiah. A Messiah is able to wield the full powers of creation. A master of the paths realizes eternal life.
Every Tarot card symbolizes an aspect of the Light at work on the paths on the Tree of Life. The symbolism on each card reflects how the Light works on the path it represents. The Tarot’s face cards represent personality types in relation to the entire Tree.
Studying and meditating on different Tarot cards everyday is practicing Yoga of the West. A practice designed to build fluency in the workings of the paths. The lowest paths reflect the lowest consciousness, and they transcend to the highest paths, which reflect the highest consciousness. Mastering awareness of all the paths is, in the Yoga of the West tradition, how you become a whole human being, a Magician, a Messiah, creator of miracles, master of your reality.
An interesting footnote to always keep in mind regarding Messianic consciousness and the power to create miracles is the fact that, in the Tarot, you find this highest consciousness is reflected in both the Magician and the Fool archetype cards. The Magician and the Fool are equals. The Magician sits at the “right hand of the father,” and the Fool sits at the “left hand of the father.” The Magician consciously works the Light to create miracles. The Fool trusts in the Light, “that from which all things come,” to create miracles. Both forms of consciousness create miracles. The power is in the Light, not in our consciousness. Our consciousness is only a reflector of the Light.
Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. http://www.availpress.com/
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