Notes on the Major Arcana

The study of the Tarot in an esoteric sense will lead you through one of the doorways to the mysteries of life. The Tarot has been with us since the dawn of time in one form or another as it is a pictorial representation of the journey back to the Godhead. . And as you work your way through each impression of the card, you will experience the energies associated with the archetype that the card represents.

Truth depends on the insight of each individual, and each one will have their own truth and it will be relative to the degree of their spiritual maturity.

Everyone who uses the Tarot Trumps for Pathworking meditations will have a different experience because we are all at different levels of development and it can take quite some time before the cards will reveal their secrets to you. This is why it is important to note and record everything that happens during a meditation. To gain the deepest possible benefit from meditation, take the Tarot card you are going to work with and keep it near you. Look at it often and think about its symbolism. This will allow your subconscious mind to accept the different levels of meaning and help you unlock the potential of the card.

Because each one is at a different level of development, the experiences of each participant will be different, and the energies will affect each one differently. The Trumps will adapt to your personal requirements and needed lessons and experiences will be revealed if the directions are carefully followed.

The meditations can either be experienced in a lying position or sitting in a comfortable armchair. Do not attempt the meditation if you are feeling tired as you may fall asleep. Always start the meditation with a short period of relaxation and follow with some energetic breathing; ie breathing in through the nose and sighing the breath out through the mouth. After 5 – 10 breaths, breathe normally throughout the remainder of the meditation.

The 22 connecting Pathways on the Tree of Life, of course relate to the 22 Major Trumps. The study of the Paths does not begin with the first card, THE FOOL, but with the last, THE WORLD. This is because from our perspective, we are at the material level, Malkuth, and we are making the journey back to Source, Kether. The Path of Return is a mirror image of the Path of Projection into incarnation. As long as our consciousness is anchored onto the earth plane while we are in incarnation, it is with the earth that the serious work begins.

Everyone who uses the Tarot Trumps for Pathworking meditations will have a different experience because we are all at different levels of development and it can take quite some time before the cards will reveal their secrets to you. This is why it is important to note and record everything that happens during a meditation. To gain the deepest possible benefit from meditation, take the Tarot card you are going to work with and keep it near you. Look at it often and think about its symbolism. This will allow your subconscious mind to accept the different levels of meaning and help you unlock the potential of the card.

Because each one is at a different level of development, the experiences of each participant will be different, and the energies will affect each one differently. The Trumps will adapt to your personal requirements and needed lessons and experiences will be revealed   Work your way through the cards, meditating 5 to 10 minutes on each major trump, and jot down any intuitive impressions you may receive. In this way, you will build up a personal interpretation of each major trump. 

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Symbols in Meditation

Let us now look at how symbols may be used in mystical exercises and how the symbol may serve as an instrument in the technique of initiation. The aim of all initiation is the integration of man’s personality into a soul personality and the elevation of his consciousness beyond the ordinary mundane thinking into the abstract. Its technique comprises the manifold methods by means of which such an integration and elevation of consciousness may be facilitated. At all times the symbol has served as a powerful tool in that technique. It is wise to consider it from that viewpoint.

The subconscious mind, when permitted to speak, will express itself in a language of symbols during dreams, visions or psychic experiences. Such symbols will always emerge spontaneously and unannounced. Usually they appear quietly, almost casually, and are at times, almost missed.. At other times, they erupt into consciousness with great force. Most of them are enigmatical and possess multiple meanings, so they must be extensively contemplated, and their hidden meaning deciphered, until their concealed message has been comprehended and understood.

But the converse aspect of the situation is of importance also. Inasmuch as the symbol is the language of the subconscious mind, it is also the language that the subconscious mind can understand and by means of which it may be reached. Thus, symbols may affect the subconscious mind and arouse it into activity. When used in this manner, the symbol may serve as a powerful tool to stimulate the subconscious mind.It follows that a consideration of the use of symbols in mysticism has two aspects: first, the action of symbols upon the subconscious mind; second, the proper assimilation of those symbols that emerge from the subconscious mind.

Let us consider the first. It is well known that symbols may be used to awaken realizations that lie dormant within the subconscious mind. A candidate of the ancient mystical initiation was provided with a symbol and required to contemplate it in solitude, in silence. During a state of contemplation, the objective mind of the candidate was subdued and the subconscious mind made receptive to incoming impressions. Contemplation of the symbol exerted an influence upon the subconscious mind through association and suggestion.

The chain of associations awakened by the symbol through resonance stirs into action certain latent forces, and may arouse ideas or realizations that have lain dormant for several incarnations. However, in order to unfold, and this is of great importance, the seeds of such realization must already have been sown, perhaps inprevious incarnations. Barren soil cannot give growth to rich fruit. Symbols can only reawaken that which is already lying asleep. This is why some meditators will have trouble pondering certain symbols.

Please remember that for every mind there will exist certain symbols that will not evoke any response. When this occurs, the effect of a symbol is not that of reawakening. It is the beginning of a new acquaintanceship. In this event, the symbol, so to speak, sows the seeds that future incarnations must mature.

A powerful traditional method of permitting a symbol to reiterate requires the candidate for initiation to paint and draw a prescribed set of symbols with most painstaking care, and to do so in color. This activity forces the symbol to impress itself profoundly upon the subconscious mind, and draws it into active participation. in more modern forms of meditation, the symbols are instructed by attunement and spontaneously appear in meditation.

 

THE MYSTIQUE OF THE TAROT

The study of the Tarot in an esoteric sense will lead you through one of the doorways to the mysteries of life. The Tarot has been with us since the dawn of time in one form or another as it is a pictorial representation of the journey back to the Godhead. And we can see this even in many religious

ceremonies today. For example, on the first card, the Magician, we see depicted the four elements, in the form of the sword, the wand, the cup and the coin resting on a table. If you look at the symbology depicted in some churches today, you will see something similar. It takes only a little bit of thinking to come up with the analogy. The cards are simply used to show the many blessings and pitfalls along the way. And as you work your way through each impression of the card, you will experience the energies associated with the archetype that the card represents.

Spiritual truth never comes as dogma; it comes as a small still voice from within, and is only relative to you and the lessons you have chosen to learn in this incarnation. This does not mean to say that you cannot assist others if they ask you, but the warning here, of course is, not to let your ego or personality colour the information coming through. Truth depends on the insight of each individual, so it is rather impossible to generalize about the problem of truth, except to say that each one will have their own truth and it will be relative to the degree of their spiritual maturity.

The capacity to differentiate between knowledge and wisdom is also tied up with this problem of truth. There is a wide difference between the two and it is much easier to gain knowledge than wisdom. Whereas knowledge depends on receptivity and understanding of the mind and experience coupled with the memory of such experiences, wisdom does not depend on knowledge at all, although both are identical up to a certain point. The source of wisdom comes from the causal principle or that which is termed the Godhead. Therefore wisdom does not depend on the mind or the memory, but on the maturity and purity of the individual entity and insights are passed on through the intuitive or inspirational processes. Therefore to develop a well rounded out personality, knowledge as well as wisdom must go hand in hand; neither one nor the other must trail behind.

The Tarot, therefore is the perfect tool to assist in unlocking the intuitive processes and can lead to profound insight and wisdom.

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The Symbolism of the Tarot and its Powers

Psychic powers are common to all people, but some have not used their ability in the field of Metaphysics so they consider that they don’t have them; everyone has them to some degree or another. Some brain researchers explain that the primitive brain is more intuitive and that hunches and psychic insight are activities of this more primitive part of the brain.

The energies come up through the medulla (Centre M) through the cerebellum lobes, to and through the pineal in their twinned trinities, (and note these trinities are not of opposing polarities.) The energies which come through the trinities shine through their various avenues and that which is the first trinity channels initially into mainly the left hemisphere, then across to the pituitary gland.

Those energies cause an imprint on the energy already flowing through that left hemisphere. This imprint we call thought. So, we have the left hand side dealing with abstract thinking, music, art and literature; the imprint called thought and the ability to think clearly. This, in turn channels to the right hemisphere where it is necessary.

So, rather than a left brain, right brain phenomena, it could perhaps be described as an inner brain, outer brain phenomena. If we go along with this theory, traumatic situations may allow the thought processes to occur at a more primal level, so that decisions are made instinctively or intuitively. So we have an influence coming from the subconscious mind which, by its definition, resides below the threshold of consciousness.

Correct training can help this information come to the conscious mind at will. Practice with the symbolism of the Tarot can raise the level of awareness and hone the intuitive faculty. Symbols are the language of the subconscious mind and the Tarot, being rich in Metaphysical symbology will speak directly to your subconscious mind and allow intuitive insights. When you experience the symbolic nature of the Tarot, the experience is brought directly from your subconscious mind into consciousness awareness.

To learn how to do this:

1. Go into a deep state of relaxation

2. Connect with your higher self

3. Place your hand over the appropriate tarot card

4. Let the impressions come into your conscious mind

5. When the images or impressions have fininshed you should have a fuller awareness about the problem you were trying to solve.

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