on 30 April 2010
Excerpt From Back Cover:-
"Discover the true esoteric wisdom contained within the Tarot keys. The Tarot can take you on a journey of exploration of the story of your personal and cosmic consciousness. You too will be able to unlock the deepest symbolism of the Tarot thanks to this complete course on understanding its hidden mysteries by one of the world's leading Tarotists. For more than half a century, savvy students from around the world joined Paul Foster Case's school of ageless wisdom, Builders of the Adytum, to explore advanced teachings of the Tarot that couldn't be found anywhere else. Now, you too can be part of the best kept secret of a whole generation of Tarot Masters. By popular demand, the four volumes have now been compiled into one single reference. They cover all the important Tarot fundamentals of the Major Arcana and lay the foundation that you need to start working with the Tarot on your own. There are no mundane, cookie cutter Tarot references in here. You will get the deep meanings behind the Hermetic symbolism of each of the cards in language that makes it applicable in today's world. As a bonus for those who purchased the earlier individual volumes, you will also find a $30 redeemable coupon inside this book."
Written in 1932 By Paul Foster Case, founder of the Builders of the Adytum, the best, long-standing Tarot School in the world.
Includes references to the Cube of Space, Astrology, Use of Symbolism and Meaning, Colour, Universal Laws and Principles, Hebrew Alphabet and the Tree of Life.
Don't be deceived the by the cover! If you've feel there is more to Tarot, and want to know the real system behind it I really do recommend you buy this book. There is so much to this book when compared to other Tarot books which only go into everyday surface meanings and interpretations. This is because Paul Foster Case explains the material that others wanted to keep from the 'uninitiated' - people who just want a quick life fix.
Case explains the the Tarot as Keys to Enlightenment which is their original purpose. However this book only teach you about each card while his second book 'Tarot Card Meanings: Interpretations' teach you how to use them to increase personal awareness, obtain deep insight and to unlock the secrets of the mind and the universe.
In this book Paul F Case explains the underlying meanings, structure and system, in a way that you won't find anywhere else. This book is a fountain of Ageless Wisdom which will not only help to understand yourself and the way's of the world, but will give you the necessary knowledge and confidence to expand your Tarot reading capabilities beyond any other course of book on the market.
The book gives individual lessons for each Tarot card, and each card is dealt with in two chapters. The first chapter gives background introduction and colouring introduction for the card. The second chapter goes into more detail referring to the Hebrew letters, astrological associations, references to the cube of space as well as explaining the meanings of the individual symbols such as the colour choices, garments, crowns, wings, pillars thrones etc. Case's strength lie in his ability to explain and correlate these references to the meanings of the card in an enlightening and easy to understand way. You will become very familiar and deeply attached to each card.
Paul Foster Case refers to the Builders of the Adytum Tarot deck which is much like the Rider-Waite with some small differences. It is a Majors only deck printed in black and white so that the student may colour it in according to each lesson given in this book. Paul Foster Case believes that colouring in your own deck impresses the symbols and their meanings onto the subconscious. Why should you need to do this? Read the book to find out! I will say that I personally found this procedure fun and very productive. The very inexpensive B.O.T.A. deck is available on the Builders of the Adytum website and was sent to me promptly from USA to UK. However each uncoloured card is given in the book along with the lesson.
It's not an easy read because there is so much to take in, but Paul Foster Case does have a way of explaining the occult doctrine behind the Tarot in a way that is graspable, especially if you've familiarized yourself with the Tarot already. There is such much information it will take a few reads before you finally remember it all, but the content, for the person who is seeking more from the Tarot will not want to put it down for the exciting concepts and life changing teachings it offers. I've spent the last month studying and writing notes on it because I want to remember every detail. However, as Case says, the contents are not for the foolish, the fly by night, speed reader. It's serious stuff! If you take the time to study this you will be well on your way to being an truly authentic, wise and truly knowledgeable human being, let alone Tarot reader.
I felt a sudden connection to 'The Hermit'. The Hermit for me meant teacher, I really wanted to get close to someone who new the 'ins and outs' of the Tarot system. A series of events led me to this book and I realised that my request for a Tarot Teacher came in the form of the author. My request was literally answered, and this book told me how and why.
I must express my personal annoyance that of all the websites, Tarot blogs, courses etc. etc. not one pointed its reader to this material - the true Tarot as Keys to Enlightenment. It becomes obvious that most Tarot authors are unfamiliar with true Tarot meanings or attempt to rephrase it avoiding the underlying principle of each Tarot card or rather Tarot Key.
on 2 February 2014
This is one of the most important books in print, full of beautiful and inspiring lessons. Unfortunately there are quite a few misprints, some of which are misleading or risible - but the book is still worth five stars because of the content.
It is sometimes a difficult read, and I am very fortunate to have a wise teacher who has already walked this Path and uses it to guide students towards their own understanding.
Should you find this book difficult to manage alone, I would recommend that you contact Builders of the Adytum, whose Founder wrote it. They run correspondence courses and are easy to find on the web, operating in America and the UK.
One more thing - at the beginning of the book is a page listing Seed Ideas - it's titled 'The Truth about the Self.' There is a badly misleading misprint in no.7 which completely reverses the meaning - it should read "Living from that Will, supported by its unfailing Wisdom and Understanding, mine is Victorious Life". The printers have changed 'supported' to 'unsupported'. Cross the misprint out and return it to the original meaning.
I wish you Light and progress on your Path.