HIGHLIGHTS OF TAROT
The TAROT is a textbook of occult teachings. It is intended for the use of serious aspirants who are in search of spiritual enlightenment, and who are willing to devote a reasonable amount of time and thought to the discovery of the deeper meaning of life. To all such it will prove worthy of the most diligent study and careful investigation.
Those who seek to find in the TAROT an easy method of spiritual development will be disappointed. There is no easy method. Spiritual development is not brought about by external things. It is essentially an inner growth, and it is upon this principle that the TAROT is able to operate effectively. This will be explained more completely later.
The TAROT is not a plaything, nor is it only a pack of cards designed for purposes of fortune telling, although this use of it has been utilized to preserve it for serious aspirants through the vicissitudes of time and change.
Two main purposes are served by the TAROT. First, it preserves and transmits an Esoteric Teaching. Secondly, it evokes specific mystical, intellectual and emotional responses from the Inner Consciousness of the student who has been taught how to look at it. It is no longer a secret that there exist Occult Teachings that reveal the true nature of man, of the universe, and of their mutual relationship. Every aspirant who has delved very far into philosophy, psychology or religion has come upon evidences of such Teachings.
If he has the courage to take these dues seriously and the perseverance to investigate them, he is inevitably richly rewarded.
There are those who approach these teachings by the avenue of the intellect; others follow the way of emotion and intuition. The latter take the occult doctrines more upon faith than by the use of reason, and they are no less correct than their more intellectual fellows, because they can rely upon this phase of their nature to guide them aright. The TAROT serves both
classes by strengthening the emotional-intuitional nature of the one, and developing balanced intellectual qualities in the other. In this way the second function of TAROT, the evocation of creative states of consciousness, is of great importance.
Occult movements suffer greatly because of the lack of practical work. Members of these movements are held back from any kind of practical work largely by fear of incompetent or dangerous teachings. Their fears are not unfounded, but lack of discrimination has led them to an equally malefic impasse. They tend to allow their knowledge of occultism to be confined to such information as can be derived from the great multitude of texts upon occult subjects, neglecting one of the greatest principles which they have been taught, that true knowledge and reliable Cosmic Consciousness comes only from Within. They forget that life is to be lived, not merely to be read about, and that true spiritual progress cannot be made without practical work.
TAROT is intensely practical. It is intended for use every day. Its principles are applicable to the problems which confront everyone in the course of everyday existence. Its function is to induce the powerful Expanded States of Consciousness in the individual aspirant that will enable him to cope with life efficiently, to understand the spiritual meaning and significance of his experience and environment and its relation to himself as an Eternal Being. Such understanding, and the activities consequent up on it, constitutes the purpose of man's existence in this plane.