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

By Paul Foster Case

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

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She is the Empress, but the sign above her head shows that she has assimilated some of the qualities of the Magician. Readers of Hudson’s works on psychic phenomena will see in her the subjective mind, purified and trained by suggestions from the objective (the Magician), mastering the Fire-principle in the human body, and so gaining control over its manifestations outside the body. Qabalists will remember that Hod, the eighth Sephirah, is named “Splendor,” in reference to the glory of the purified Fire-principle.

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.

This doctrine, at first glance, appears to support the philosophy of determinism; but really it does nothing of the kind. What it does declare is that personality is not the source of Will, but the vehicle of the Divine Initiative. The corollary of this doctrine is that the Perfect Law Affords adequate support for personal existence. ” This symbol, closely identified with the Christian secret doctrine, denotes life in water. In the Tarot sequence this is life in Mem, or life dependent upon other modes of existence.

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