A. E. Waite on The Hanged Man

Here's what Arthur Edward Waite had to say about The Hanged Man in the Pictorial Key to the Tarot: "He who can understand that the story of his higher nature is embedded in this symbolism will receive intimations concerning a great awakening that is possible, and will know that after the sacred Mystery of Death there is … Continue reading A. E. Waite on The Hanged Man

Meditations on the Tarot – The Ace of Cups

The ace of cups has some fascinating imagery from a Christian perspective. This illustration comes from the Rider Waite Tarot. You will notice that the chalice has streams of living water flowing from it. That a white dove, representing the Holy Spirit, is descending upon it with a communion wafer, inscribed with a cross, in … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The Ace of Cups

Jesus and the Tarot: The Ace of Cups

  The image to your left is of the Ace of Cups in the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. If you reflect on the symbolism you may observe that the cup or chalice is being held by a divine hand, usually representative of God or one of God's angelic messengers. Above it is a dove, symbolic … Continue reading Jesus and the Tarot: The Ace of Cups

Meditations on the Tarot – The High Priestess

Who is the High Priestess of the Tarot? As surprising as it sounds, you can find the answer for yourself in the Old and New Testaments. Just read these passages: The Woman A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The High Priestess

Meditations on the Tarot – The Fool

Ole Skjerbæk Madsen, a Lutheran Pastor from Denmark whom I've know for many years through a shared interest in tarot and Mind Body Spirit culture, has released a visual meditation on The Fool from the major arcana of the tarot. If you'd like to find out more about his community and work, see In the … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The Fool

Papal Tarot?

I stumbled across a very interesting theosophical article at this evening, which suggests that Pope John Paul II may have been a fan of Valentin Tomberg's “Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism.” The writer convincingly argues that the two bottom books you see in this photo were in fact copies of the original two … Continue reading Papal Tarot?

Incarnating into Occulture

At the risk of being outed as a complete heretic I thought I would post a few of my raw thoughts on the use of signs, symbols and sacramental action amongst irreligious spirituality seekers and the esoterically minded. At the moment I am thinking about developing a white rose blessing as a way of symbolizing … Continue reading Incarnating into Occulture

Meditations on the Tarot – The Hierophant

Who is the hierophant? The hierophant puts us in the presence of an act of benediction, of blessing, of bestowal of Spirit. As we approach the hierophant we find him seated between two temple pillers. In his left hand he clasps a sceptre with a tripple cross and with his right hand he blesses supplicants … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The Hierophant

Iconography in the Tarot

Consider these images for the moment...what do you think they represent? The card in the top left hand corner...is it an icon representing Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead? Yes...and it's also a tarot card. The Magician card to be precise. What?? Yes I'm serious. This is the Golden Tarot of the Tsar, a tarot … Continue reading Iconography in the Tarot

Meditations on the Tarot – The Emperor

He who has true authority needs no sword. Nor is true authority found in the sword. Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the … Continue reading Meditations on the Tarot – The Emperor