Ancient Teachings on the EGO

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Ancient Teachings on the EGO

in Daphna Moore's Rabbi's Tarot color issue

Authored by Daphna Moore, Suzzan Babcock

The Mysteries of our spiritual evolution concealed in the Tarot has taken a considerable amount of time to come to light for the masses. Most people tend to think that Tarot cards first appeared in the Middle Ages, however, many believe the basic images of the Major Arcana may have existed for thousands of years. In general, the Tarot was treated as a tool for divination. Then in the early 20th century Arthur Edward Waite commissioned Pamela Coleman Smith to create a new deck using the mystical teachings of the Golden Dawn. Known as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it was published in 1910, and began a revival of interest in understanding the deeper messages in the Tarot images. One such investigator was a Jewish rabbi, who studied the images from the Kabbalistic perspective. Taking his investigation as far as he could, the rabbi sought out a Jesuit priest who became so intrigued that he left the priesthood and devoted the next 40 years to its study.
My involvement began when after meeting the ex-priest in the mid-70s, he became my mentor and close confidant. One day he handed me a box full of papers with the instructions that I was to collate the information and after adding my interpretation of the symbols, arrange it into a manuscript for publishing. This proved to be no easy task and required me establishing my own publishing company to bring the book to print in 1987. Following my publication of the book, Llewellyn Publishers became interested and published two printings of the book in the early 90s.
In 2007, I decided to revise the manuscript and as owner of the copyright, publish this new version through my publishing company. Looking for endorsements for the back cover, I contacted Craig and Suzzan Babcock asking them if I could use excerpts of the letter they sent me endorsing the book. Not surprisingly they agreed, which started our long association together. Suzzan confided that she had experienced an extremely detailed a powerful vision connecting the 22 Major Arcana with the Tree of Life. It seemed to me that she was being motivated to add another level to the work, but it was not until she contacted me in 2014 suggesting that we republish The Rabbi's Tarot that I saw what her contribution would be. First, she has recolored all the cards according to my symbolism, bringing them to life in a very real way. Still, this was not her most important role. That has come from her inspired commentary, which brings in many other aspects and takes the messages of the cards to another level.
In this book resides the following sentence. "The teaching of Tarot and the esoteric teaching of Scripture narrative is that the self-conscious, by assiduous endeavor, may bring into your body (and your body is your self-conscious) more and more of the superconscious in the form of Cosmic Mind-Stuff." It is this Cosmic Mind-Stuff, an energetic manifestation of sorts, which finds its way into our world when allowed. I believe it found not only the Rabbi and the Priest before me, but also Suzzan in its effort of coming forth for all humanity.

Publication Date:
1533034206 / 9781533034205
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Philosophy / Metaphysics

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