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I warn you that what you are going to read about the Tarot will completely change your thinking about the Tarot and your use of the Tarot deck. Most people don't like change, and few people are really "wide awake" to accept revolution. Most of usincluding myselfare not always truly awake, and rarely do we welcome change even when pretending that we do. We want our comfort, we prefer consistency, and we honor tradition while yearning for the simpler times of the "Good Olde Days."
Real revolutions are evolutionary, and, when involved with esoteric and spiritual concepts, their essential function is to wake us up, expand our consciousness, and open doors we didn't see that were there all the time. The difference between revolution and evolution is that one happens to you and the other requires you to take the "next step" to accomplish the change in your reality. Evolution builds upon the past, but the change in your reality is transformative, and even the past looks different from your new perspective and place of understanding. The Tarot is key to this revolutionary evolution.
In this book, Jean-Louis de Biasi tells us that the Tarot was created to invoke specific invisible forces that generate energies present both within us and at universal levels. Each card represents a state of consciousness and a particular energy that can be invoked and used in ritual and divination as keys to the most ancient archetypes. Jean-Louis writes: "The Tarot induces an action on the subtle planes that is capable of affecting our invisible bodies, and then reverberating into the physical level in our daily lives." He further writes that the "Tarot was conceived to transmit a secret initiatic inheritance by channeling specific invisible powers and stimulating energies present inside of you that are extant in the entire universe," and that the Tarot's "construction is based on an occult structure that makes each Arcanum a genuine talisman, which is able, merely by its presence, to generate those effects to which it corresponds." However, Jean-Louis does warn the reader that most versions of the Tarot are not completely effective in connecting us with these full powers, and he explains why and reveals the answer to the problem.
What you already see is that this divine Tarot is a long way from "the devil's picture book" or the simple art form of the Italian Renaissance. We don't have the "fortune-telling" decks that were so entertaining in Victorian times and we have much more than even promised by the modern magical orders.
The Tarot is a system, not a "thing," and as such the Tarot stands alone and independent to fulfill its purpose of providing an inner experience of contacting the divine powers and incorporating them into your own psyche, fostering your psychic development and empowerment. You will then be able to use these powers in solving personal life problems by taking action on the invisible planes.
By understanding the secret origins of Tarot symbolism, the reader becomes directly involved with the nearly alchemical process of transformation that is itself the secret of initiation.
The sacred language of the Theurgic Tradition was not Hebrew, but Greek. Hebrew was and is prominent not only in Qabalistic studies and magical practices, but it is with the Theurgic Tradition that we find the authentic theoretical and practical uses of the Tarot keys as well as their original correspondences. The Theurgic Tradition is continued to this day in the Ogdoadic Tradition of the Aurum Solis.
It is within that ancient tradition, reaching back to the origins of the Tarot, that we correct the errors found in the Waite-Colman deck and other modern decks, that we find the original correspondences of the sacred Greek letters, see the original Qabalistic correspondences to the sacred Hebrew letters, perceive the archetypal relationships with the Greek divinities, and rediscover the sacred names corresponding to these divine powers.
Building upon these revolutionary/evolutionary foundations, this book takes the reader well beyond the limitations of ordinary Tarot practices of divination and even of talismanic and ritual magic.
Through these uses and active meditation, we are in astral and mental contact with the invisible living spirit, or Angel of the Tarot, that has existed now for thousands of years. It is with the system of the Tarot, and interaction with this angel, that the divine Tarot becomes a complete initiatory experience. We are not limited to just the physical reality; the Tarot enables a true link and a reciprocal exchange between the physical and the non-physical, between our mind and the spiritual world. Through our subtle bodies, the Tarot system makes it possible to enter directly into a relationship with different levels of reality. Thought forms are created of astral substance and then function to connect us with other entities and energies that empower our further evolutionary growth and development.
Seeing the Tarot as a genuine symbolic summary of the divine powers at work throughout the cosmos, we enter into new relations and responsibilities as conscious co-creators, knowing that every thought and action has consequences beyond our personal sphere. Even our divination becomes more than interpretation, opening an interactive channel to influence the outcome of the reading.
We can go further and use the Tarot cards as astral doorways to travel out-of-body, experience new realities, and to become more than we are!
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
7th Past Grandmaster Aurum Solis