Liber Theta: Meditation On The Major Arcana Instructions

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Liber Theta: Meditation On The Major Arcana Instructions

Postby Al-Shariyf » Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:50 am

Hey everyone!

Here are the instructions for the Tarot meditations for the Major Arcana as they are laid out in Liber Theta on page 12. Once we have completed the Major Arcana I will post the instructions for the Minor Arcana.

MEDITATION ON THE MAJOR ARCANA

On the evening before your meditation (if you meditate in the morning), or early in the day of the meditation (if you meditate late in the day), study the text given in the following pages for the Trump with which you will be working. Reflect on the ideas and associations expressed. Let these settle into your mind.

At the time set aside, prepare yourself for meditation by sitting comfortably, clearing your mind, and establishing rhythmic breathing. Have your magical diary and writing instrument at hand and open.

Place the selected Trump before you, in sufficiently bright full-spectrum light, situated so that you can comfortable look at it for the length of the meditation. Either place the single Trump before you, or set out all 22 Trumps in the pattern of Liber Tav, as shown on the prior page.

Visualize yourself within an egg of light the color of the Meditation Color listed for the Trump. Retain awareness of this egg throughout the meditation.

Look at the Trump. Bring to mind its associated Hebrew letter, the meaning of the letter, its astrological attribution, and such other basic attributes of the card as you wish, as a review; then release them and let your eyes sink deeply into the card. Do not engage your intellect very much, except your curiosity; rather, let subconsciousness come to the fore so that it can respond directly to the symbols of the Trump. (These symbols are the “words” of the language spoken by subconsciousness.) Be receptive, attentive, keen, curious, and ready to receive.

Look first at the background color of the Trump. Reflect on this briefly and allow yourself to understand. Then, move your attention gradually from background to foreground. As a symbol especially engages your curiosity, pause and let your mind reflect on it. Allow your mind to flow along the chain of ideas awakened, but do not wander so far that you lose awareness of the Trump. The essence of the meditation is to look at the Trump before you, allow subconsciousness to interact with it, and allow curiosity to be satisfied by attention to those things that speak to you or otherwise draw your attention. Pause briefly to note in your diary any realizations you have in the course of the meditation – you can flesh out your notes later. That is, the note jotting should not disturb the basic meditation or meditative state; but recording your realizations not only will preserve them, but also will free your mind to continue.

Spend at least five minutes, and no more than ten minutes, on this phase of the meditation. At the end of that time, close your eyes, reaffirm your awareness of the colored egg of light about you, and sink into deeper meditation. Allow whatever of the card has planted its seeds within you to well up and fill you. Let the meditation continue this way for five minutes longer. When finished, complete the magical record entry as you see fit.

The recommended course of meditation on these Trumps is to take three days for each, completing two per week and setting the seventh day aside. This would complete the Trumps in 11 weeks. Alternately, devote an entire week to each Trump, completing the series in 22 weeks.

Your understanding of these 22 Trumps will be the basis of your understanding of the whole of Tarot; for the Trumps (and the 22 Hebrew letters that they express) are the basis of the remaining 56 cards.
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Re: Liber Theta: Meditation On The Major Arcana Instructions

Postby Indigo32 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:38 pm

I just registered with TOT forum, and am interested in working with Liber Theta. I see I've caught the tail end of the Atu's, was wondering if you are planning on doing it again. I'll try and jump into the Universe, but was curious about starting at the beginning.
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Re: Liber Theta: Meditation On The Major Arcana Instructions

Postby Al-Shariyf » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:27 am

Welcome to the forum Indigo!

You can jump in at The Universe but I would suggest you start with the fool and work your way through the rest of the Atus. You'll get the most out of the project that way AND your unique meditation outcomes will be a major contribution to the body of work we are amassing here. 8)
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Re: Liber Theta: Meditation On The Major Arcana Instructions

Postby Indigo32 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:46 am

Thanks. I'm going to start on the Fool now.
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