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The Authentic Voice 10 May 2010
By Bruce E. Nevin - Published on
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It is wonderful to see the republication of this 1989 book. (Not 1978 as the blurb says under "Editorial Reviews.)

Why Tarot and Cabala? The oral tradition reported by Paul Foster Case tells us that the Tarot was invented in the year 1200 by a group of adepts convening in the city of Fez in Morocco. Their overriding concern was how students and aspirants could learn and advance in the Western mystery tradition without risk of persecution and death at the hands of orthodox religionists, a very real and serious hazard. They decided to use the Cabala as a framework because it is comprehensive without the bewildering complexity of the various oriental systems, and it was then in active development in the West, especially in Spain and Languedoc. They hit upon the idea of representing the rich symbolism associated with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet with pictures that could be disguised as a game, whence our simplified playing cards of today. In various meditation practices those images convey insights through the power of suggestion to the subconscious mind. As part of the general opening up that we see going on, Paul Foster Case, former head of the Golden Dawn in America and founder of its successor organization, the Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), made this line of instruction more widely available through encyclopedic and wonderfully clear writings (some of them published, mostly part of the B.O.T.A. curriculum), drawing, it is said, on information from 'the Master R.' (Rákóczi, the Count of St. Germain).

Why Jason Lotterhand? Jason was a student and close friend of Paul Case, and became very well grounded in this wellspring of wisdom. Jason's practicality and good humor as a down-to-earth businessman (triple Capricorn) pervades this record of his lectures and conversational exchanges with students. Every example, every metaphor connects with immediately understandable experience and yet points the way to profound insight and genuine progress.

In 1974 some new friends brought me to Jason's Thursday night class in San Francisco, and right away, beginning with the authentic voice and beneficence of The Pattern on the Trestleboard, I was hooked. This was a real foundation for which I hungered, though I could not have told you I was missing it.

As Jason says (Key 4) "Instead of being a chip on the stream, you want to anchor yourself in the Self." Very uplifting! The Buddhists would say "what Self", but there is no contradiction. Both traditions are saying that there is no separated self in reality. "Never forget the basic dogma of the Cabala that Reality exists, and that we, as parts of Reality, have nothing in ourselves except powers and faculties that reflect the one basic thing that's going on. There is no difference between you and Life Itself. There is no separation of powers."

I found time in my grad school schedule to paint the Tarot card or 'Key' for the week while listening to a tape recording I had made the preceding Thursday. Seeing my transcripts, my friend Arisa suggested I might want to put together a book, but I had too much on my plate already. She took it on with a will, borrowing recordings from me and others, adding her own, transcribing all--several years of Jason week by week progressing from Key 0 to Key 21 and starting over again--and melded those transcripts together into this seamless distillation of pure gold.

Those who have made this available to us are all modest and unpretentious people, moved by the same spirit of generosity which had so enriched their lives and which over the centuries has led so many predecessors on the Path to place these guideposts kindly to help us to the Pearl of Great Price. Try it--you'll like it!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Words of Wisdom that Go Straight to the Heart 3 May 2010
By Arisa Victor - Published on
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Jason Lotterhand was the beloved teacher of a loosely-knit group of students who met in San Francisco every Thursday evening over a period of 40 years. I was one of those extremely lucky attendees; I made it to almost every class for Jason's last 20 years of teaching. He was profound, funny, loving, creative, and full of surprises. His wisdom and experience were extremely helpful to us who were having our various adventures trying to make headway on the Path of Return. I realized that his speaking style would made great reading, so, with help from other class members, I started collecting, transcribing, and editing Jason's words. The project took 15 years.

Here is a book based upon the Tarot Major Arcana as seen from the Cabalist viewpoint - the Tree of Life, the Unity of All That Is, and the divinity of the One Self. Jason was a friend and student of Paul Foster Case, the master who put the Tarot of the Tree of Life. Dr. Case was head of the Golden Dawn Occult Fraternity in America.

Published in 1989 as "The Thursday Night Tarot," this book has now been restored to its original title, the one Jason and I created together. In the same Golden Dawn tradition, I have created a spiritual astrology book, "High School Astrology: A Textbook of Ageless Wisdom," which is a companion volume to "The Spoken Cabala." And a spiritual alchemy book, "High Magic: Turn Your Lead into Gold," which is rated FE -- For Everybody!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Probably the single best book on the Spiritual Tarot 24 May 2011
By Steve Charrier - Published on
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If you have landed on a way to get ahold of Jason Lotterhand's only book - The Spoken Cabala, formerly published as Thursday Night Tarot, then count your lucky stars. I have studied the Tarot, Cabala, Tree of Life for 22 years deeply and as a spiritual practice. If I could only take one book on the Tarot to a desert island, this would be it - hands down.

Now folks generally have a pretty dim opinion of the Tarot - thinking it's about divination and gypsy fortune telling. My favorite quote addressing this is "Using tarot for divination is like using your car to store gasoline." Few know the spiritual and archetypal underpinnings of the book of tarot - which is actually a visual encoding of the western path of return to Self and Source. It contains the essence of the ageless wisdom.

So even if you have no interest in tarot, no worries, this is still one of the most accessible and wise books on living sanely and happily that you are likely to find. Jason brings a down home quality to teaching how these 22 amazing archetypes can powerfully inform our life today. Practically and with a great sense of humor, Jason teaches here like he did for over 40 years in his free classes on the tarot and cabala in San Francisco.

The Fool's Journey that Jason details so skillfully in this book is in my view, a combination of the Heroes Journey and the Heart Path. It will repay you in many many ways any time you put into this brilliant book. We don't honor wisdom much anymore. We certainly don't teach it. Jason is a wonderful western wisdom teacher for those still interested in such things. Grab this one, it's a keeper, one you will read more than once.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Avelino Sober�n - Published on
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The author shares new insights on each one of the tarot cards used by Paul Foster Case on the Builders of the Adytum course. I strongly recommend it for those who want to deepen there study and meditation on the cards.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
When the Student is ready!I 20 April 2011
By Lillian Duren - Published on
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If you are interested in learning tarot from Paul Foster Case/B.O.T.A. You will find this book helpful and simple!
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