Meditations on the Tarot A Journey into Christian Hermeticism

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Meditations on the Tarot A Journey into Christian Hermeticism

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Jan 12, 2012, 6:34 pm

I bought this book recently as I have always been interested in Tarot cards and was intrigued by the endorsement of various Catholic luminaries (including Father Bede Griffiths, Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating, who has written books on prayer and meditation). It consists of a series of "letters" or meditations on each of the Major Trumps. Does anyone know anything about this book or
its (anonymous) author?

Jan 12, 2012, 7:09 pm

You might want to look at Dion Fortune.

Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 am

Thanks Quicksiva, I'll follow this up.

Jan 13, 2012, 10:12 am

A bit of history:

Hermetic Qabalah (from the Hebrew קַבָּלָה "reception"), is a Western esoteric and mystical tradition. It is the underlying philosophy and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn, Thelemic orders, mystical societies such as the Builders of the Adytum and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age movements.

Hermetic Qabalah draws on a great many influences, most notably: Jewish Kabbalah, Western astrology, Alchemy, pagan religions (especially Egyptian and Greco-Roman from which the term "Hermetic" is derived), neoplatonism, gnosticism, the Enochian system of angelic magic of John Dee and Edward Kelley, hermeticism, rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, tantra and the symbolism of the tarot where the school was influential in the development of the occult interpretation of these cards. Hermetic Qabalah differs from the Jewish form in being a more admittedly syncretic system, however it shares many concepts with Jewish Kabbalah.

It is most often transliterated with a 'Q' rather than a 'K' or a 'C', distinguishing it from Jewish Kabbalah and Christian Cabbalah.

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