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The Tarot: A Contemporary Course of the Quintessence of Hermetic Occultism [Hardcover]

Mouni Sadhu
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18 Dec 2007
This scholarly work creates a new epoch in traditional occult philosophy. It is the first contemporary encyclopedic exposition of the great Western Tradition since the basic books by Eliphas Lévi and Papus, and it also has full practical utility. The Philosophical Tarot has always been recognized as a universal key to all wisdom attainable by human beings. This text will be of particular interest, because of its kindred approach, to the many readers of the extraordinary contemporary masterpiece Meditations on the Tarot, by an anonymous writer much valued in esoteric circles throughout the world. The present work is by no means just a theoretical treatise accessible only to specialists, for anyone can understand the initiatory concepts of Mouni Sadhu's Tarot, perceiving completely new horizons of thought, activity, psychology, cosmology, and practical esotericism. In this text a great number of questions which occur to the earnest seeker are answered in a new and fascinating way, and the solution of the philosophical equations arising from the Arcana opens new vistas in every field of life. The book is suitably subdivided into 100 separate lessons, allowing for systematic study.

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  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Hermetica Press (18 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597312363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597312363
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,073,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary Masterpiece 9 May 2004
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Mouni Sadhu's book on the Tarot is not an easy read. Compared to many more recent books on Tarot, Psychology and Spirituality it may appear to be outdated and rather difficult. It is important however to place the book in its historical and social context.
Essentially the book contains the philosophical viewpoint of a Russian Esoteric Group at the turn of the 20th Century, which influenced Mouni Sadhu's early thinking. Sadhu in turn, developed the basic material gained from this group to produce this spiritual/esoteric masterpiece of a book which incorporated his later mature thinking. This included his work with Paul Sedir's Society of Spiritual Friendships, as well as Sadhu's acceptance of the great Indian Teacher Sri Ramana Maharishi of India as his Spiritual Master.
The book culturally was written at a time when it was believed that certain techniques (which are now freely written about elsewhere) should not be given to the general public via a book transmission. When this point is understood, it helps to make Sadhu's 'Tarot' much clearer in its approach to esoteric truth. Mouni Sadhu believed that if a person had the right moral and mental abilities this would enable them to understand the meaning of the lessons contained in the book. This may not a popular attitude today when instant information is expected and demanded of readers. But Sadhu wrote all his books with the intention of helping his readers to think deeply about what was being read and to practically experience where possible what he was describing from his own personal experiences.
The book is certainly not easy to follow, but to readers who persevere with the ideas and exercises contained in the book, benefits such as greater clarity of thought, a sense of personal direction and greater inner freedom are a few of the benefits of Sadhu's 'The Tarot'
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Having bought the first edition in the late sixties, I am pleased to see this book is still in print. It is apparently based on An Encyclopedic Course of Occultism by Prof. Gregory Ossipovitch Mebes published in St Petersburg in 1912. The current version by Mieczyslaw Sudowski [Mouni Sadhu] contains references to the spiritual teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi as well as the more mainstream Hermetic philosophy. Although the work stands well enough on its own, some familiarity with Sudowski's other books Concentration and Ways to Self-Realisation would be useful. It deals almost exclusively with the Major Arcana with only a passing reference to the Minor Arcana; the chapter on Arcanum XIII is probably the most significant and describes the processes of death and astral projection. A reader who is familiar with the Tarot attributions used by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn will find the scheme used in Sudowski's book is different. The illustrations of the Major Arcana closely resemble those of the Oswald Wirth deck and consistent with the Continental approach taken in the book. I would have been more comfortable if Sudowski had stuck to Hermetic teachings and left Advaita Vedanta to his other book In Days of Great Peace but apart from that The Tarot is an excellent intoduction to an important aspect of the Western occult tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wheat from chaff 20 Sep 2007
By Mama Whodun - Published on Amazon.com
This is an intense course on Western metaphysics that uses the Tarot as a way to explain principles and concepts of subtle energetics. Even with the intentional blinds and the use of a traditional structure the author " Mouni Sadhu" managed to write up the lab book of his Magnum Opus and thus to shed light on the paths of those who follow. It is good to see that this work is being kept in print.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting for symbolic knowledge 24 Aug 2009
By Pablo S. - Published on Amazon.com
The book focuses on the meaning behind the major arcana. It seems to be an excellent source for learning about the symbolism behind the cards, as well as complimentary ideas on Hermetism, ocultism, etc. Although that, on my understanding, it doesn't intend to be a practical guide on how to read the cards.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Truths 4 Jan 2012
By Daniel L. Sweet - Published on Amazon.com
I have been aware of this book since the early seventies,and as a lifetime occultist,recommend it highly.
One possible point of confusion in this work is the numerical arrangement of the tarot trumps;placing the
#0 card;the Fool in a different numerical position than normal.Although this arrangement is not unknown(or
unworkable),in recent years followers of the Western Tradition have gravitated toward a more apparent,sensible
numeration sequence.Nevertheless,the true value of the work lies in it's observations of the nature of the
trumps;how they affect thought processes and emotions,and even practical exercises designed to aid in understanding
and stimulating the related abilities and insights that the tarot can bring.All of this makes this work an excellent
study,and can help greatly in bringing it all"down to earth",regardless of how well it may align with some other
systems.All of the old truths are there,offered with genuine insight,and are a great addition to the tarot section
of any library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! 3 Sep 2012
By Leducdor - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book no one but someone either already familiar with the material or desirous of being so would buy. It is a dense, knowledgable all-round treatise on Hermetism, and how various systems, Tarot, Kabbalah, etc. are all intimately bound up in the Tarot and how it functions as an entirely self-contained course of Enlightenment, if one uses it properly. This is highly recommended reading for tarologues and all who are interested in Hermetism and Tarot, as well as Enlightenment in general.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Occult training book. Needs a good editor though somewhat disorganized. 3 Jan 2014
By AeroEngineer - Published on Amazon.com
This is not an easy book to study when it comes to the Tarot or Occult, but it is a pretty full spectrum analysis of the Tarot, it's Kabbalistic roots and other Occult teachings that I have not found anywhere else in print. If you want something more direct and clear read the Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus. This book is stuffed full of wisdom and is well worth the effort to study, it will be a keeper in your library since there is so much there, such as diagrams and tables, equations etc. My biggest complaint is the structure, the lessons are numbered which is great but it meanders a lot when it comes to the Tarot structure specifically. It needs to separate out the explanation of the minor arcana, which is done in the "wheel of fortune" X card's explanation instead of it's own separate chapter, and also the detailed Kabbalah lesson is in that chapter. I think it'd be more useful to put these in their own sections for easier reading. Otherwise it's a must have for the serious student of Hermetic thought, not just the Tarot.
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