Chapter Learning The Major Arcana

As we learned earlier, the Major Arcana form a separate pack from the Minor Arcana. Twenty-two pictorial cards makeup the Major Arcana, each highly symbolic of different states and conditions of man's spiritual life. Just as the Minor Arcana refer to man's body and his mundane experiences, so the Major Arcana deal with his immortal soul and its journey through eternity.

Extract the 22 Major Arcana cards from your Tarot pack and place them in numerical order from 0 (TheFool) through 21 (The World). They should be in the following order:

Our goal is not to try to learn all the individual symbology contained in the Major Arcana, for each Tarot Master and the artist working with him endeavors to include all that he considers significant in interpreting each card, but we will strive to understand the symbology before us in the Rider Waite Deck, which I have found to be the dearest and most profound to work with.

0 THE FOOL

1 THE MAGICIAN

2 THE HIGH PRIESTESS

3 THE EMPRESS

4 THE EMPEROR

5 THE HIEROPHANT

6 THE LOVERS

7 THE CHARIOT

8 STRENGTH

9 THE HERMIT

10 WHEEL OF FORTUNE

11 JUSTICE

12 THE HANGED MAN

13 DEATH

14 TEMPERANCE

15 THE DEVIL

16 THE TOWER

17 THE STAR

18 THE MOON

19 THE SUN

20 JUDGEMENT

21 THE WORLD

The Major Arcana contain the mysteries erf the soul and its purpose here on earth. Each card can open vast dimensions of spirituality to you if you study it with diligence and purity of purpose. Together, these 22 cards will take you into realms of higher consciousness and reveal vistas of esoteric knowledge that remain veiled to those who choose the more mundane paths of life.

Since we are dealing with spiritual aspects here, the proper way to approach the study of the Major Arcana each day is with prayer. The Daily Prayer will uplift your thoughts to a higher level and open the gateway to the peace and comfort that come with a spiritual kinship to the Tarot. Our next exercise, therefore, is this Daily Prayei as applied specifically to each of the 22 cards.

EXERCISE 8: DAILY PRAYER WITH THE MAJOR ARCANA

1. Same as Step 1 in EXERCISE 1.

2. Say each prayer slowly and thoughtfully, with the appropriate card before you. Look at the picture and become totally involved with the symbols portrayed, for the picture is you — your Higher Self. Begin with the unnumbered card, THE FOOL:

0 THE FOOL

Dear Heavenly Father, through Thy divine grace let me feel the I loly Spirit within me. Grant me the innocence of the Fool,help me to let go of earthly fears and walk in peace with l'hee this day. Let my ears listen only to Thy higher wisdom. Let me walk freely, knowing that 1 am protected in Thy love. I long for the innocent faith of a child, and because I am a child of God, 1 know it to be my birthright. As 1 walk into this new day 1 pray that I shall always be aware of Thy holy presence. I know that only fear separates me from the comfort of Thy define love. This day I will try to expre*>s rny love for Thee, dear Father, in all 1 do and say. I will rid myself of fear, which is the shadow of man, and with Thy holy blessing, walk in heavenly light. Amen.

1 THE MAGICIAN

This day, dear Lord, my needs weigh heavy, filling my heart and mind with apprehension. There is so much I want to accomplish and I am in need of Thy divine strength. I know that all 1 have to do is to reach out and let Thy love permeate my whole being, and all is mine. If I forget, dear Father, let me feel the comfort of Thy everlasting love, let me recognize Thee in everyone I see today. When I am called upon to make decisions that affect not only myself but others, let me first come to Thee for heavenly reassurance. May I ever be conscious that success is only of this earth and that all I do should be with Thee in mind. Thou art ever with me, in every decision, every hope, every hurt. I pray that Thy presence bless all 1 do today. Amen.

2 THE HIGH PRIESTESS

Bless me, dear Father, and let me understand all that is happening in my life today, i ask for the Christ I.ight to shine on all my dark corners so that I may look upon the problems that will confront me. I pray for the gentleness of saints and to learn that no matter how much I feel right, there is always another side to consider. Teach me humility, which is true strength, and let my thoughts and actions today be constructive and helpful. Crant me the ability to help someone in need and lighten a shadow in his life as 1 ask Thee for the same gift. Teach me consideration and help me to shift the concern I have for myself to others more in need. Take from me the fear of losing my image in the eyes of others. In Thy sweet mercy, let those who love me know me as 1 really am. All this, dear Father, I ask in Thy Holy Name. Amen.

3 THE EMPRESS

How can I thank Thee, dear Lord, for the many blessings of love and life that surround me? May 1 ever be aware of Thy blessings as I approach this new day. Let me fill my heart and soul with fresh hope, let the love that passeth all understanding be mine this day. I pray for the fullness of Thy mercy to relieve me of my anxieties. I give thanks for all my loved ones and I pray that I will have the strength to let them know today how much I am blessed by their love and concern for my well being. I am a child of God, I am well blessed, and this day 1 will feel abundant with the love of God and my dear ones. The light that I feel in this prayer 1 will carry as a living flame within me. I pray that all those I meet today will share the warmth that is mine and feel the strength of this beautiful blessing. Amen.

4 THE EMPEROR

I offer this day to Thee, dear Father, for I know 1 will need the companionship of the Holy Spirit. 1 need Thee by my side when 1 am confronted with my daily tasks. In Thy loving wisdom allow me to see tilings as they really are, to recognize authority and leadership and respect the rights and duties of others. Alert my mind so that I may give my best to the work I have to accomplish. Open my selfish mind and let me be receptive to the ideas and needs of others. For in recognizing their needs, I know I am recognizing Thee. Grant me peace this day; I'hy will, not mine, be done. Amen.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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