Wisdom Tarot

What Is Tarot

The mosaic consists of a large number of small, variously coloured stones which have been arranged according to a certain pattern resulting in a beautiful, coherent picture. In the same way, man is made up of many different qualities, abilities and talents, arranged according to a specific inner pattern resulting in a coherent picture, an individual personality. Just as the artist, using the same stones in an infinite variety of patterns, can compose all kinds of pictures in countless...

The Magician

In this picture we see a strong young man, a magician, whose posture assumes the shape of the letter aleph. He leans slightly towards the right, pointing downwards with his right hand and upwards with his left. At the same time, this posture suggests the ancient truth which the great Chaldean initiate Hermes Trismegistos teaches in his tabula smaragdina The young man is dressed in garb of a curious colour. He is wearing a hat which, on careful examination, turns out not to be a hat at all. The...

The Wheel Of Fortune

In this picture we see a strange wheel in a small boat afloat on the waves. The boat consists of two half-moons, one is positive-red, the other negative-green. A sturdy grey pole stands in the boat and round its base coil two serpents, one positive-red, the other negative-green. A large wheel is attached to the top of the pole. At the point where the wheel is fixed to the pole, thus on the axis of the wheel, there is a handle. From this we see that the wheel is being turned. The wheel consists...

The Parting Of The Ways

In this picture we again see the 'magician'. This time he does not wear the hat representing his infinite spirit. Therefore what happens to him here does not concern his spirit. His fair hair falls loosely, its flaxen colour reveals his high intelligence. His tunic is red and green. The colours are reversed on the short skirt, green on his right and red on his left. The colours on his legs correspond to those on his chest. The sleeves are yellow. This clothing signifies that his whole being and...

The High Priest

In this picture we see a male figure with all the insignia of an important dignitary of the church. He is the high priest. He sits upon a throne of which only two posts are visible. There is no longer a curtain between them, for there is nothing to hide any more. The face of the high priest, too, is without a veil. He shows us his face openly, he also has nothing to hide. His white hair and beard show that he is a spiritual being which will itself never become earthly even though it is active...