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The Essential Tarot ~ Unlocking the Mystery


The Value of Mystery

Mysteries eventually become broken. We pluck the apple from that Tree of Knowledge and take a bite. And we become Gods ourselves. We make a deal with the snake and leave the garden. And we pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Unlocking a mystery is like coming home again. It's a joy to understand something not known before. As Dorothy says - "There is no place like home." We realize - like waking up from a dream - it wasn't all that mysterious after all.

But mystery also has value. Mankind has always been curious about what it can't explain. Where does a mystery hide it's secrets? Usually right in front of us. Eyes cannot see themselves. Lips cannot kiss themselves. Like the Alan Watts analogy - "Like a fish wondering what it feels like to be wet as it swims in a pond of water."

It's not out there - somewhere over the rainbow. It's usually right here - hidden in plain sight. HOW to use the Tarot cards has been written about and explained by many authors. But the blind spot has always been WHY does it work. That question has never been able to be clearly answered.

We have learned HOW to use the Tarot cards in step-by-step fashion. But no one could ever explain WHY they work.

In his classic book Tarot of the Bohemians, -1889 Papus states in his preface - "The Key to its construction and application has not yet been revealed, so far as I know." Papus,- Dr. Encausse, one of the most leading authorities the Tarot has known, knew it had value. He knew it found answers. Yet he could not explain Why.

Without that knowledge of Why it works - we become limited to mimic specific procedures and applications. - This becomes a Paint-by-Numbers system instead of creating our own masterpiece.

To the experienced Tarot reader; the good news is that everything you've learned about the Tarot still holds true. The HOW to use the Tarot still remains the same as before. It's just now we can understand - for the first time - WHY it works.

To the inexperienced Tarot reader; you are being introduced to this centuries old system in ways never before explained. And everything you need to know about the Tarot cards is all here for you in these pages.

This NEW understanding allows us to unlock doors never before opened. What was once mystery now becomes understood. And behind those new doors of discovery we will find capabilities never before seen in ways that I can't even pretend to know. We can now cross into a whole new realm of uncharted frontier on this classic system we know as - reading the Tarot cards.

This book offers new maps to this centuries old craft. This new insight into the Tarot will allow you to become your own explorer into new levels of understanding. Can the Tarot really find answers? Can it really make predictions? I can say first hand that it can if it is used correctly. So it does have value.

Occultist Eliphas Levi 1810-1875, had this to say about the Tarot's ability to tap into knowledge. ~ "An imprisoned person with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire universal knowledge, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequalled learning and inexhaustible eloquence."

Was it really the Tarot cards themselves that allowed Levi to see the capabilities we could discover, or was it in their application. As he says...."if he knew how to use it" Levi implies that if used correctly, the Tarot holds unlimited, universal knowledge. And if you hold knowledge, you hold answers to questions.

If we can understand WHY something works, it helps us with it's application in pivotal ways. Once something can be explained, it makes applying it's purpose much more proficient. It allows us to refine and improve certain aspects and procedures. Understanding WHY the Tarot works can free up your card reading abilities immeasurably.

Why does it work? That has always been the blind spot that couldn't be seen. The missing spoke of the wheel. The Essential Tarot - Unlocking the mystery is the first work to explain that key part of this centuries old puzzle.

In 1970, Stuart Kaplan, founder of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. had this to say about our understanding of using these mysterious cards. "It is possible that some day the precise art of spreading and reading Tarot cards may again come to light through the chance investigation of an interested individual."

You called it Mr. Kaplan. Because it was a chance investigation by an interested individual that just happened to see it. The year was 2008 and the individual is the author of this book.

It might be time for a change in the way we understand this unique and ingenious pack of cards.