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Von Balthasar’s occultism

By William J.  Cork

…It nevertheless remains unproven how a ‘penetration’ into pagan or Kabbalistic ‘secret teachings’ could bring ‘new life’ into Christianity. Valentin Tomberg (1900-1973), a Russian emigre, was the “Anonymous” author of Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, written in 1967, but published over a decade after his death. Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote a foreward to the 1983 German edition, and this is included as an afterward in the 2002 English edition published by Tarcher/Penguin.

Tomberg writes to enable the reader–”the Unknown Friend”–to acquire “definite knowledge, through the experience of meditative reading, about Christian Hermeticism”, that is, esoteric medieval reflections on the themes of Hermes Trismegistus (see the Corpus Hermeticum), in this case through reflection on the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The Tarot cards are for him authentic symbols, i.e. they are “magic, mental, psychic and moral operations” awakening new notions, ideas, sentiments and aspirations, which means to say that they require an activity more profound than that of study and intellectual explanation. It is therefore in a state of deep contemplation–and always ever deeper–that they should be approached.

Read the original article at: Spero News

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