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Posted March 12, 2013
Alchemy and the Kabbalah in the Tarot is detail orientated covering all aspects of the Tarot, of the obstacles we may face and enlightenment we may obtain along the path. The book flows along from number to number making it easy to follow. This book emphasizes the same powerful message that divine sexuality is the base of all religions and demonstrates this ancient knowledge as you move through each card. It offers practical work and measures of your state of being that the reader can use to apply in that present moment. It’s an excellent study and a great addition to your personal library.
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This has to be one of the most straight-forward, informative and practical books out there on the subject ? period. In comparison to most books on Alchemy and Kabbalah, this crystalline exposition clears away many of the cobwebs that have gathered on this mystical science for the last century and a half, after the origination and dissipation of occult societies like Theosophy, or the eclipse of other esoteric schools such as the Golden Dawn.
This is not to say that the information gleaned from these societies are futile and vain; in fact, the author of this book, Samael Aun Weor, often refers to the insights of previous esotericsts in conjunction with his own verse. The principle difference between the insights of this author with others is that none have ever been so clear, so comprehensive, and so inclusive of all mystical traditions without discrimination. Nothing is left unsaid, and this is a tremendous feat given the relatively small size of this book in comparison with the tomes (or perhaps better said, tombs) of ancient lore.
A lot of the wisdom of previous authors is often glossed over or ignored simply because those authors did not give the entire breadth of their knowledge. While the manner they used to treat upon these subjects is quite extensive and scholarly, a lot of the subject matter remains ambiguous and obscure, due to the restrictions placed upon those authors in relation with the maturity of their occult societies and the exoteric populace. Most times such works were intended only for the Initiated to grasp through an intuitive intellection, available solely through the cultivation of spiritual discipline. Those who managed to step beyond the limitations provided by exterior circumstances were capable of understanding this knowledge, despite the lack of preparation amongst many occult orders and humanity's collective psychology across different races and cultures.
Another unique quality of this book is that, given the spiritual atmosphere of the Western psychology, it meets those students' needs through a Western system: that founded upon the wisdom of the Gnostics, which as Dion Fortune wrote is the mysticism of Hebraic Kabbalah, the ceremonial magic of the Egyptians, and the dialectics of the Greeks. Samael Aun Weor's book lives up to these branches of esotericism within the Initiatic Tarot: it contains a timeless philosophy founded upon the basis of Western religion and the occult magic of the great Mystery Schools.
If you do not know what any of this means, but are interested in studying the Tarot, then this book is an excellent place to start. Samael Aun Weor's later masterpiece, Tarot and Kabbalah, is a more in-depth study of the subject, but this smaller volume in itself is a wonderful introduction to the divine laws of man and the cosmos, symbolized by the Twenty-two Major Arcana (pl. Arcana, sing. Arcanum, "law") wherein is found the structure and development of the soul towards perfection.
There are countless books on the Tarot, and I have read into many systems of divination, but none have been as fruitful as the one given in this work. The wonderful part about this text is that after reading it, one can read authors like Gurdjieff, Blavatsky, Steiner, Mathers and others, and reap so much more wisdom than before, since the knowledge, once posited with delicacy so as to escape suspicion, opens new doors of understanding that were previously locked.