Introduction

With the ever-increasing demand for the psychological interpretation of diese cards, I felt impelled to publish in book form the interpretation of the Greater Arcana of the tarot pack, in the hope that this marvellous instrument will help men in the immense task of acquiring self-knowledge. I therefore had to select from the numerous tarot cards those which best served to illustrate my explanations. Unfortunately, the tarot cards have been frequently redesigned by people who were totally unaware of their inner symbolic significance. Naturally, such ignorance has led to complete falsification of this inner meaning. Although these corrupt cards may be adequate for the purpose of fortune-telling, they do not serve to represent the various spiritual states of man. The only tarot which undoubtedly descends from a genuine initiate, and which serves our purpose perfectly, is the one designed and coloured by Oswald Wirth at the dictation of the young initiate, Stanislas de Guaita, departed before his time. These cards combine in equal measure artistic beauty with correct symbolic depiction of their deeper meaning. We are going to interpret these tarot cards from a psychological angle. The cards depict the levels of human consciousness from the first dawn of consciousness, the first awakening, up to divine all-consciousness, to union with god.

At this point may I extend my warmest thanks to some of my friends who have given valuable assistance with the linguistic revision of the text.

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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