* Exoteric is ‘physical’.
The Major Arcana is composed of twenty-two cards, which is the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet. The ten numbered cards in each suit of the Minor Arcana correspond with the ten sephiram in the Trestleboard of the Toth and represents the number of Pathways in the Tree of Life trestleboard, and is a Master Number in the science of Numerology.
Chakras are associated with a specific part of the body, as well as a colour in the spectrum.
There are many variations of the decks and many that have evolved over the centuries, but many do not give a Universal/Spiritual meaning .
The early Christians tried to suppress esoteric knowledge in order to promote 'man made' law. The 'sacred truths' that were preserved by few were handed down over the centuries through 'secret societies'. In these societies, devotees would undergo rigorous training, learning to rid themselves of false ego and to lead lives of truth and purity, always obeying the higher expectations of their fellow man.
The Rider Waite Tarot deck in particular was named after the famous occult scholar and author, Dr Arthur Edward Waite. He produced the deck in 1910. The designs were drawn and coloured under his supervision by Pamela Coleman Smith – an American girl who was a fellow member of the occult society, the ‘Order of the Golden Dawn’.
Each of the 78 cards has a different meaning when it is reversed. This does not necessarily mean that a reversed card is ‘negative’ as such - it simply means that there is a different interpretation to a card when it is reversed than when it is in the upright position.
In essence, the Tarot consists of 156 separate symbols - each with a distinct purpose and meaning. The early Masters of the Tarot did not have the modern addition of the 56 Minor Arcana; only the 22 Major Arcana were used.
The Tarot cards contain the secrets of the Universe. Behind the Tarot is an astonishing dimension of occult wisdom. It is only through the discovery of our own hidden depths that our higher spiritual selves can be explored and the secrets and lessons learned. Once you allow your soul to seek, the ancient symbols of the Tarot will reveal themselves.
Approach the Tarot with an open mind.
The Tarot can be used for divination, spiritual development, self-guidance, meditation and Kabalistic studies. It is not the picture on the Tarot card itself that holds interest, so much as the symbolic philosophy behind the picture, and how you feel about the picture personally.
The Tarot assist insight by allowing the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind to work together, providing us the use of our full intellect and intuitive strengths.
We all have an intuitive sense, but often do not know how to connect it with our life in a comprehensive manner. The Tarot helps us make this connection and enhances our overall ability to see where we are on our life’s journey.
NUMEROLOGY - The Vibration and Energy of Numbers