Meditations on the Tarot is written by Valentin Tomberg, a seeker who devoted his lifetime to searching and writing about spiritual truths. Two of his books, Meditations on the Tarot and Christ and Sophia were in the curricula at the American Institute of Mental Imagery, founded and directed by Jerry Epstein. I had the privilege of studying with Jerry at AIMI as well as becoming certified in the Imagery technique of Colette Aboulke Muscat, Jerry’s mentor and in Phenomenology, Imagery and Imagination and went on to be ordained as an Interfaith minister.
I chose Temperance for our topic because we’re at a time when the Covid pandemic has many of us isolated a good part of the time. I’ve always found solace and companionship with my Guardian Angel and hope you do too. The first step is to become familiar with how Guardian Angels came about and learn what it is they actually do.
Each arcana in Meditations…is represented by a specific Tarot Card sharing a message relevant to living with consideration for the journey of our soul. While discussing the arcana, we’ll also be using Sacred Magic, a foundational tool for entering the realm of mysticism, gnosis and sacred magic. You’ll find them listed in the index.
Each arcana focuses on a single Tarot Card. I use a deck called Ancient Tarot De Marseille. Color is an important aspect for interpreting the cards. If you already have a deck or cannot find the De Marselle deck, don’t let it deter you. I’ll be mentioning the colors as we interpret them so we’re all guided by the same information.
Chapter I: There’s Much More About Eve Than Typically Known
“The Fall is really the birth of humankind. Yes, humankind caused the currant of guilt and atonement into the world, but it is not an abortive creation of God. Human beings fulfilled their purpose — at enormous cosmic risk — of making possible within themselves the encounter between good and evil, so evil might be overcome,” Valentin Tomberg, Christ and Sophia
This quote shines a new light on Eve and Adam. Designated to be “the parents of all beings,” they were to inhabit this planet where polarity presents the challenge of making decisions between good and evil.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Valentin Tomberg and Robert Powell help us see Eve as a young girl whose destiny was to expose the existence of polarity on earth. Of many souls seeded by Yahweh/God on the cold dark and waning planet of Saturn, only two survived. Yahweh took these souls back to Eden and at the creation of Adam and Eve, he breathed one of the souls into each of them. The survival of these souls marked them to play significant roles in the Evolution of Consciousness. The enormity of Eve’s action in exposing the earth’s polarity is trivialized in the Bible, which mentions her a mere two times. However, as our story evolves, we’ll see how Eve played and continues to play a role in our lives.
Adam and Eve in Eden
Adam and Eve live in Eden with Yahweh/God and a community of divine beings. A serpent, envious of the high esteem Yahweh/God holds for Adam and Eve, asks His permission to prove them unworthy Yahweh cannot dissuade the serpent because He created Adam and Eve with free will. Eve’s light has grown dimmer as she envies the freedom of the divine beings to make decisions between good and better. Noticing this, the serpent chooses her as his victim. He quells Eve’s fear of death by telling her Yahweh/God has not restricted her from the Tree of the Wisdom of Good and Evil because it will kill her, but because He doesn’t want her to become as wise as He is.
Eve is hurt by this but pride prevents her from seeking Yahweh/God. Instead she continues speaking with the serpent and then petulantly strides down the garden path toward the forbidden tree. She becomes enticed by the sweet aroma of its fruit, reaches up, plucks a piece and tastes it. Finding it delicious she takes some to Adam, who readily eats it.
Suddenly a cataclysm takes place which becomes known as “the Fall. Adam and Eve immediately become conscious of their physical differences for the first time. Hearing Yahweh/God approach, they rustle about gathering leaves to cover themselves. Hearing them, Yahweh/God asks Adam why he has eaten the forbidden fruit. He replies “the woman you put with me made me do it.” Asking Eve a similar question, she blames the serpent. Yahweh/God then makes tunics for Adam and Eve to cover themselves.
The divine beings, fearful Adam and Eve will also touch The Tree of Life and live forever, share their fears with Yahweh/God, who agrees. Without warning, He expels Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, the only home they’ve ever known. Their stated purpose is to be fruitful and multiply: To nurture and teach their progeny to live in righteousness. This is complicated by “the Fall:” Both were born with free will and endowed with virtues to incline them toward righteous decisions: At “the Fall” they retained their free will, but lost the virtues so essential to guiding their choices.
As time passes mortal behavior drifts further from what is acceptable to Yahweh/God, so much so He considers atoning for their behavior Himself. But His own ruling on the separation of divine and mortal beings decision-making prevents Him from moving forward. In time, a solution reveals itself: Yahweh/God asks the Son of God if he would atone for the errors of mortal beings. He agrees and the plan is put in motion. However, it will take 2,000 years for the Son of God to complete the transition from a divine to a mortal being, so atoning for mortal errors can be fulfilled . Nevertheless, the plan is enacted. (This refers to a Christian concept of the Blessed Trinity of one God in three divine persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which we’ll cover at another time.)
In the meantime, instead of creating a new Eden, mortals constantly respond to what Valentine Tomberg calls “The Five Dark Currents of the Will: The Will-To-Greatness; The Desire To Take and To Keep at the Expense of Another; and The Desire To Advance and Hold Onto at the Expense of Another -Summary from Christ and Sophia
Temperance Introduces Us to Guardian Angels
To save mortal souls from serious damage, Yahweh/God creates a new category of divine beings called Guardian Angels. Each is assigned a mortal soul as its protege. The role of the Guardian Angel is to:
. Guard the memory of its protege’s incarnations, allowing both to see a connection between “yesterday, today and tomorrow” as a continuum of the individual soul. The intention is to ensure lifetimes are not merely isolated episodes, but stages of a single path towards an end,” notes Valentin Tomberg,
. Respond when called to visit the protege, especially when a mortal decision may misdirect the soul. This includes protecting Eve from physical harm which may alter her life-plan or cause premature death. Otherwise Guardian Angels may not participate in the activity of their proteges’ souls.
. Guardian Angels also have been known to announce the birth of a child and may tell of its destiny.
. Guardian Angels never shield their protege from temptation, which would impose on free will, which is inviolable. Nor may they initiate creativity but must wait until their protege calls upon them. If the Guardian Angel has no motive for creative activity she may fall into a state of consciousness where all her creative geniality remains in potential. “An Angel with nothing to exist for is a tragedy in the spiritual world,” shares Valentine Tomberg.
Blessings, Barbarah Fedoroff
Our next teaching will focus on reading the Temperance card and learning how our Image and Likeness of God is integrated into our physicality and reflected in our aura. Watch for a posting the last weekend in January 2021.