In order to help you understand the symbology of the Tarot more thoroughly, I have prepared what I call "Mentors" for each card in the deck. I have broken them down into Mentors for the Minor Arcana, the Court Cards and the Major Arcana, and I suggest that you study them in this order, just we have approached them in previous chapters.'•The term "Mentor" means "wise loyal advisor, a teacher or coach." In Greek mythology Mentor was the loyal friend and advisor of Odysseus and the teacher of his son Telemachus.
The purpose of these Tarot Mentors is to bring together in an organized fashion a collection of esoteric knowledge about each of the 78 cards in the deck. I have combined the traditional definitions of meaning for the cards with my own method of interpretation, which 1 consider helpful to the development of an inner sensitivity to the Tarot. You will also be able to see how each card relates to other occult studies such as Astrology, Gnothol-Ogy (esoteric Numerology), and to a limited degree, the Cabala. A reproduction of each card is also included, to help fix it visually in your mind while studying the other information, without having to refer to your actual deck. Each Mentor contains the following types of information:
2. REVERSE KEY
5. COMPARISON CHART
6. DTVTNATION IN DEPTH
•You will find the actual Mentors following the introductory chapters, as Chapters 7, 8 and 9.
The KEY is used when the card is in the UPRIGHT position. It is an immediate guide to clarifying the card and its symbol. However, it should be considered merely as an aide in promoting your sensitivity and not as the only definition. You cannot rely wholly on the Mentors for interpretation; they should be used only as a guide in developing your own modus operandi.
When the card is reversed, the interpretation differs. This does not necessarily mean that the interpretation of the card is negative. Learning the REVERSE KEYS should be your goal as soon as you have mastered the upright KEYS. The REVERSE KEY, like the upright key, is intended to stimulate your psychic and spiritual energies — a starting point from which to eventually reach your own individual interpretations.
This is a simple two-line rhyme for each card, in both upright and reverse positions. If you have difficulty memorizing the KEYS and REVERSE KEYS, you may find it easier to master these little rhymes, which convey the same message as the KEYS and REVERSE KEYS.
Before making full use of the GUIDELINES, it is necessary for you to have thoroughly mastered the preceding lessons and exercises in this Handbook. TheGUIDELINES areinterpretational possibilities which must be combined with the sensitivity you have developed up to this point. Always go with your intuition, whether the GUIDELINES agree and disagree; but it you have properly developed your inner awareness, your feelings will most often lead you to the correct GUIDELINE for the occasion. Remember that a divination is like reading the story of someone's life. When you feel assured that you can tune into the correct GUIDELINE and find that it fits meaningfully into the picture the cards are disclosing, you have reached the necessary level of sensitivity for divination. Until this level is reached, you should never practice serious divination for another person; to try and guess which CUIDELINF. to use is obviously neither moral nor ethical.
Comparison Chart (I)
The COMPARISON CHART is to give the apprentice a glimpse into the more advanced areas of relationships between the Tarot and the other occult sciences. Obviously, any one of these studies is sufficiently complex to fill several volumes by itself — and indeed, many excellent works exist on each subject. There is no shortage of material today, as in former years, as a trip to any occult bookstore will reveal. The Tarot is intimately related to three of the most important occult sciences:
1. THE CABALA (including the Tetragrammaton)
3. GNOTHOLOCY (Esoteric Numerology)
The COMPARISON CHART will present a key relationship with each of these sciences for each card. This is merely for your information, and the complete absorption of this knowledge is not crucial at this point in your studies, but it will help to broaden and deepen your feeling for the cards on a subconscious level as you study the Mentors, and so should not be overlooked. You will find that each COMPARISON CHART is divided into four parts, corresponding to the four characters of the TETRAGRAMMATON, the ancient Hebrew name for God: YOD HE VAU HE. Before we can proceed further with an explanation of the COMPARISON CHART, it is necessary for us to take a side trip and learn something about this sacred and mysterious word.
According to the traditional beliefs of the Hebrews and of the Cabala, the Tetragrammaton is too sacred to be spoken aloud; a legend says that anyone who discovers the correct pronunciation of the Sacred Name will have the key to all knowledge. But the I lebrew language has no vowels, so it is very difficult to be certain of the exact pronunciation of any word as originally intended thousands of years ago. Therefore, you will find a number of different transliterations from the Hebrew characters of the Name:
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