Meditations on the Tarot
Anonymous (Valentin Tomberg).
New York: Amity House, 1985. Octavo. Bowed black boards in a pictorial dust wrapper. Dark smudge on the lower right corner of the text block, weakened hinges, else fine. 658 pages. First American edition. Very good.
A Journey into Christian Hermeticism. Originally published in French as Méditations sur les 22 arcanes majeurs du Tarot in 1984. Each chapter is centered on a card from the Major Arcana of the Tarot of Marseilles. Tomberg had intended for the book to be published posthumously, but a copy circulated in Holland in the year before his death.
"As these Letters are intended only to serve, to sustain, and to support the Hermetic tradition—from its first appearance in the epoch of Hermes Trismegistus, lost in the remoteness of antiquity and become legendary—they are a definite manifestation of this millennial-old current of thought, effort, and revelation. Their aim is not only to revive the tradition in the twentieth century but also, and above all, to immerse the reader (or rather the Unknown Friend) in this current—be it temporarily or for ever . . . For these are in essence twenty-two spiritual exercises, by means of which you . . . will immerse yourself in the current of the living tradition, and thus enter into the community of spirits who have served it and who are still serving it."