As they say, that’s a good question but there is no established answer. A Foreword can accomplish anything the writer wants, but the one general criterion is that it is normally written by someone other than the author.
I have my own ideas of what a Foreword should do. It should quickly and concisely forewarn the reader about what is really important in the book that follows, and especially anything that is radical, revolutionary or innovative.
I warn you that what you are going to read about the Tarot will – or should if you are wide awake! – completely change your thinking about Tarot and your use of the Tarot deck. Most people don’t like change and few people are really wide awake. Most of us – I’m including myself – are not always truly awake and rarely do we welcome change even when pretending that we do. We want our comfort, we prefer consistency, and we honor tradition while yearning for simpler times of the Good Old Days.
Real “revolutions” are evolutionary, and when involved with esoteric and spiritual concepts their essential function is to wake us up, expand our consciousness, and open doors we didn’t see were there all the time.
The difference between revolution and evolution is the one happens to you and the other requires you to take the “next step” to accomplish the change in your reality. Evolution builds upon the past, but the change in your reality is transformative and even the past looks different from your new perspective and place of understanding.
How old is the Tarot?
Historically it is both a few hundred years old and several thousand because its hidden power has slowly opened our doors of perception to its esoteric function and purpose. Our author tells us that the Tarot was created to invoke specific invisible forces that generate energies present both within us and at universal levels. Each card represents a state of consciousness and a particular energy which can be invoked and used in ritual and divination as keys to the most ancient archetypes.
“Tarot induces an action of the subtle planes which is capable of affecting our invisible bodies and then reverberating into the physical level in our daily lives.”
He further writes that the “Tarot was conceived to transmit a secret initiatic inheritance by channeling specific invisible powers and stimulating energies inside of us that are extent in the entire universe” and that “its construction is based on an occult structure that makes each Arcanum a genuine Talisman which is able, merely by its presence, to generate those effects to which it corresponds.”
However, he does warn the reader that most versions of the Tarot are not completely effective in connecting us with these full powers, and explains why and reveals the answer to the problem.
What you already see is that this Divine Tarot is a long ways from “the devil’s picture book,” or the simple art form of the Italian Renaissance. We don’t have the “fortune telling” decks so entertaining in Victorian times and we have much more than even promised by the modern magickal orders.
The Tarot is a system, not a “thing,” and as such it stands alone and unaided to fulfill it purpose of providing an inner experience of contacting the Divine powers and incorporating them into your own psyche, fostering your psychic de