- Series: Shambhala Pocket Classics
- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; Unabridged edition (January 3, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570621322
- ISBN-13: 978-1570621321
- Product Dimensions: 3 x 0.4 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,664,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tarot Path to Self-Development (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Paperback – Unabridged, January 3, 1996
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Micheline Stuart has been a student of the Gurdjieff teaching on self-development for more than fourty years.
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It is very important to read the Forward and Introduction sections of the book. The Forward discusses the author's background and her teacher's philosophy. The Introduction clarifies the question on various interpretations of the Tarot emerging out of different levels of understanding.
For the believer, Tarot is the hidden message of inner evolution. Whether one considers Tarot a `hobby' or tool for self- development, this small book provides the groundwork for a preliminary study.
The author has efficiently managed to condense a lot of crucial information in a tiny book.
Stuart suggests that the archetypal journey begins with the impulsive, immature human nature of The Fool, progresses through the various states and stages of experience and enlightenment, and ends in transcendent unity, with The Magician, the seeker transformed, who is now capable of grasping "what is willed of us from above" and performing one's true service to humanity, "Thy Will be Done."
It doesn't matter where we are now, or in what order we undergo the various stages in the journey. In the introduction, Stuart writes, "we must face our position on the ladder of being." Stuart's 22 short meditations on the cards can be used as potent guides or springboards for personal meditation on self or on the cards; they can be used to strengthen one's own intuitions around the cards, and the writing can also serve as a sort of map for the personal journey that "each individual must undertake to attain to his full potentiality and, ultimately, his own royalty," as Stuart writes in the intro. And what is the ultimate goal? Stuart answers: "After that he can transcend the human condition, but not before harmonizing and balancing, completely, the feminine and masculine whole. Adam and Eve have to be reunited while on Earth before they can re-enter Paradise."
This little book is rich with a lifetime of knowledge and experience in esoteric teachings, effortlessly synthesized and made relevant to anyone striving to follow the ancient Greek directive, "Know Thyself." What a wonderful tool for self-reflection, spiritual development, and quiet meditation - as is the Tarot deck itself, which the commentary of this little book makes all the more powerful - and practical. "The Tarot shows the path that the sunlight illuminates all the time," she writes. "It is up to us to follow it."