Tarot Rota TorahPlease never, ever say "I found it." Infinite truth is, indeed, infinite. So pretending you found "it" simply means you stopped looking.
I think I learned this lesson first in spring of 1986, when Dan and I were talking, and he handed me a Tarot card.
Now, my reaction was pretty much like yours (I imagine) would be. Disgust. Yes, I had learned God's Name from Dan, and much (most?) of what he had told me over the years had proven experientially true. But this was too much. The Tarot is a tool of the Devil, Satan himself. It's exactly the type of thing Yhwh warns people about over and over in the Bible.
Or so I thought.
But by this time I had developed a type of faith in Dan. And, more significantly, I had developed a scientific approach to the field of religion, as I've discussed so often.
So this Tarot thing was going to be easy. Just do some research, and prove the whole thing to be crap. Case closed.
Except it was not to be that way at all.
I remember so clearly the day in May 86 when I went to a bookstore near the University of Riverside to do my research and get this Tarot thing "behind me." I actually remember the weather, the sun, the nice patio they had outside the bookstore.
And I also remember my shock.
Really, friends, I am not exaggerating. As close to biological shock as I've nearly ever known.
The first thing I saw was a book about "Tarot and the Bible." It didn't talk about fortune telling. It talked about the Biblical symbolism contained pictorially in those "stupid, evil cards."
So I gathered my courage, actually bought a Tarot deck (praying literally for Yhwh's protection as I did), and opened it.
And yes, I saw the usual pictures Hollywood is so happy to show us, pictures of the Devil and Death and a heart pierced through with swords.
But I also saw a Torah scroll.
And pictures of blessed, natural simplicity.
And Adam and Eve in the Garden.
And on two of the pictures I actually saw...God's Name!
And I learned that "Tarot" was simply "Tora(h)" spelled backwards. Tarot Rota Torah: The Tarot is the Wheel of the Torah.
Yes, my friends, I was astounded. I simply could not believe this!
Within one hour I had enough information to tell me these cards deserved deeper investigation.
Years later I wrote The Truth About Tarot Cards. You can find it here, complete, and for free, if you are interested. It is the summation of nearly a decade's study. And what I have to say about the cards themselves can all be found there.
But the experience of encountering these things...I still think back on it in wonder. The sense of astonishment as I found all of my preconceptions to have been wrong. And I have some observations to share with you.
It is OK to have questions, to wonder, to search.
It's OK, my friends.
A Call to Divine Inquiry. The actual card my Teacher gave me in 1986.
I was to later discover that it symbolizes Yhwh's Large Face, the way He looked before the Universe was made.
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