On the Edge of Reason

November 3, 2008 § 1 Comment

On a live television show I’ve just been watching, the guest talked about the Rider Waite Tower card and its similarity to the events of 9/11. No surprises there. What did shock me, however, was that this expert was able to spew complete nonsense and make it sound like authoratitive and reliable insight.

Claim No. 1: The Tower card in the tarot (specifically the Rider Waite – no mention was given of there being any other type of Tower card) includes a “symbol”, tucked away in the bottom right hand corner of the card – so obscure that most people don’t even realise it’s there. This symbol, apparently, shows the awakening of the kundalini and how remarkable that this should appear on the Tower card, as it relates so well to the kind of traumatic spiritual awakening experienced by so many enlightened folks.

The symbol he’s referring to? Yes, that’s right – it’s Pamela Colman Smith’s initials, which can be found on every single Rider Waite card.

Claim No. 2: In order to truly appreciate the significance of this symbol and it’s relation to the Tower card and – indeed – civilization, we must understand that these cards go back over 3,500 years, to Ancient Egypt.

Grrrrrrr.

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§ One Response to On the Edge of Reason

  • Balakirev says:

    I’m glad you’re back from your hiatus, and decided to take on this monthly tarot swapout for picks of the day.

    As for this expert: sounds like too many self-proclaimed tarot (and for that matter, New Age) experts I’ve heard or read a bit by, who are really just merchants in disguise retailing themselves. And to actually not know the artist’s initials…! Excellent story. I have to wonder, though, whether the expert simply lives in ignorance, or was told the truth, and refuses to accept it, insisting on a “deeper meaning.” There’s so much nonsense masquerading as gnosis these days; or is that true of all days, in all times? I wonder.

    I’ve gotten the so-called Sacred Geometry Cards deck, and am working through that. Interesting places to travel!

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