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An introduction to the study of the tarot, by Paul Foster Case PDF

By Paul Foster Case

Paul Foster Case (1884-1954) was once essentially the most revered of the yank occultists within the early twentieth century. ''An creation to the examine of Tarot'' used to be initially released in 1920 and has been a number one introductory advisor for all with an curiosity within the Tarot.

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When a plateau of arrested progress has been reached, the faint-hearted become discouraged and quit. However, the knowledge that their experience is a normal one should give them resolution to keep on. ” 9 This law of habit formation is one of the results of the universal Law of Rhythm which pervades all phases of evolution. All things have their ebb and flow, their elevation and depression, their pendulum-like swing between opposite poles. Hence the dominant symbol of this Key is the Moon, which represents the Law of Rhythm by its phases, and by its influence upon the tides.

In occult parlance “to square the circle” is to establish a perfect equilibrium between Spirit, the circle, and Matter, the square. That same equilibrium is indicated in several ways in the twentyfirst Key; by the perfect balance of the central figure, although her feet rest on nothing more solid than air (an intimation, too, that her support is Spirit, Ruach, Air); by the two wands; and by the triangle surmounting the cross, which is the geometrical basis of the central figure. It is also very subtly suggested by the wreath itself, for the ellipse, unlike a circle, has two distinct sides, and these are analogous to the pillars of the High Priestess, joined at top and bottom, to show the union of Mercy and Severity.

A feature of the seventeenth trump, as it appears in Mr. Waite’s Tarot, which would be quite likely to escape the eyes of an uninitiated observer, is the apparently haphazard arrangement of ten small plants scattered here and there on the ground near the edge of the pool. These are the ten Sephiroth, and they correspond to the design embroidered upon the veil behind the High Priestess. Finally, through its correspondence to Tzaddi, as the reader will see by referring to the Table in Chapter III, the Star is an emblem of meditation.

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