The Major Arcana of the Tarot are considered to be the highest revelation from the highest spiritual center of Planet Earth. They are the quintessence of the ancient wisdom, where one who aspires to spiritual knowledge may distinguish the fiery signs of the Future.
The cosmic-initiatory path of humankind is encoded in the symbolic drawings, laid out from time immemorial in strict accord with the laws of esoteric geometry.
The task that has always arisen before the keepers of the sources of the innermost knowledge has been to protect, at whatever cost, the guiding thread of the mystical tradition. During periods of global cataclysm, whether social or natural — times when the material wealth of civilizations was lost — the keepers of this knowledge have protected it, making sure that it would be there once again when needed by those whose spirits were not yet awakened.
According to legend, everything started in Atlantis. It was there that the cosmic hieroglyphs of the initiatory vocabulary of humanity were first drawn. Then, just before the downfall of Atlantis, they were moved to the Egyptian temples.
Similarly, in Ancient Egypt, the symbols were moved once more in expectation of the inevitable intrusion of Barbarians. But this time, the task was more complicated. Guaranteeing the integrity of the arcanological symbols for the future required that they be spread everywhere, throughout the Earth.
Still, although some exterior, ornamental aspects of the cosmic signs have become altered due to pressure of time and certain other conditions, the main contours of the esoteric drawings have remained intact. (Indeed, this is a never-ending process, a sort of "reincarnation" of the Arcana. They seemingly "die" only to incarnate in a new shape, but still filled unfailingly with the same spiritual content.)
So in this way, the ancient symbols of the Tarot have finally reached us in the form of a Gypsy deck of playing and divinatory cards, divided into two parts.
The first part consists of 22 cards, 22 being the number of the Great or Major Arcana. The second deck contains 56 cards, the number of the Small or Minor Arcana.
Spiritual paths of humanity are marked with the luminous dotted lines of the Major Arcana, which actually are descended from the ancient Egyptian cryptography of the 22 Emerald Tablets of Hermes Trismigistus [or Thoth]. (This information was undermined by Madam Blavatsky when she stated that it was the "Father of all Existence" who carved out the "22 Letters of the Foundation.")
These 22 Letters of the Foundation are prefigured in the alphabet of ancient Hebrew. According to legend, this alphabet, in which every letter renders the outlines of certain constellations, was developed in Atlantis. Thus, in a way, the Major Arcana are no less than the esoteric horoscope of humankind! And so, deciphering them requires more than just penetration into the deepest mysteries of the sacred language. It also requires penetration into the deepest mysteries of sacred mathematics, and is thus inseparable from the work of Pythagoras.
We know now that it was Pythagoras who discovered that nine numerals lie at the foundation of Universal structure, giving order to all its yeasty chaos and harmonizing the cosmic processes (a decade, or "ten," being nothing more than a return to the "one").
The essence of Pythagorean numerology is that the esoteric root of any number may be derived from the number itself. In other words, any multidigit number may, by adding up the digits of which it is composed, be brought down to a single integer.
According to this same system of numerology, every letter of the initiatory language of humankind corresponds to a certain number that pertains to its inner vibration...
Number and Word are indivisible!
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