What is the connection between Tarot and the Qabalah?
This groundbreaking new deck redefines Tarot imagery, and emerges in the metaphysical landscape as a new paradigm in the technology of self-discovery and empowerment. One of today’s most talked-about and popular avenues of personal and spiritual growth is the ancient, yet newly rediscovered Qabalah or Kaballah. In the past, the crucial connection between Tarot and the Qabalah has often been obscured or ignored. Tarot of the Sephiroth brings this connection to life by portraying the diagram known as the Tree of Life, possibly the most effective matrix for human consciousness ever devised.
The Tree of Life maps the creation process, both on a human and cosmic scale. The key to the Tree is its ten stations of energy called spheres, or sephiroth. In its truest form, the purpose of Tarot is to illustrate and illuminate the nature of these spheres. Tarot of the Sephiroth achieves this through its stunning imagery and revolutionary design.
“My intent was to break through the veils and shadows of traditional images of the Tarot and reinterpret them for a new era in which accessibility to the concepts and the constructs of the Qabalah is key, “ artist Dan Staroff explains.
Co-authors Josephine Mori and Jill Stockwell assure that, “Anyone who can count from one to ten can grasp the framework of the Qabalah. Like all great systems, while limitless in possibilities, it is simple in essence.”
Both artist and authors emphasize that no previous experience inmeditation or esoteric study is needed. The cards of Tarot of the Sephiroth speak for themselves and will speak to you.
What the experts said:
“Tarot of the Sephiroth compares favorably with Lady
Frieda Harris’ work on the Book of Thoth for Aleister
– Gareth Knight, author of Magical World of Tarot, and A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism.
“Combines vision with knowledge…clear, powerful and
– R.J. Stewart, author and designer of The Merlin Tarot, Dreampower Tarot, and many books on magic and inner transformation.
•Cards and Spheres linked.
This deck clearly depicts card and sphere associations.
•Tarot and Tree of Life Convergence made clear.
The cards assemble into a Tree of Life, either in sections or in total. Energies and architecture are vividly communicated.
The Major Arcana express converging sphere energies -- the relevant spheres and connecting paths appear on each Major Arcana card.
•Minor Arcana/Numbered Cards.
Each has a colored border that indicates its associated sphere on the Tree of Life. Providing immediate card/sphere identification, these borders give insight into the Minor cards.
•Minor Arcana/Court Cards.
The Court Cards can be assembled to form their assigned spheres, crystallizing card meaning while deepening sphere understanding. Overlaying of the appropriate minor cards allows for greater exploration of the association between Minor and Court Cards.
About the Deck Creator:
Dan Staroff is a professional illustrator and creative
artist whose visionary work has appeared in select
galleries, exhibitions and publications. Tarot of the
Sephiroth is the product of eight years of specific
meditation and esoteric study. Here he offers a
visually stunning and completely accessible new
metaphysical tool, on par with The Book of Thoth and
the Rider Waite Tarot.
About the Authors:
Josephine Mori and Jill Stockwell have many years of experience in Tarot and Qabalah. They have presented numerous personal transformation workshops based on these and other tenets of the Western Mystery Tradition. They are also co-authors of Guide to Tarot of the Sephiroth, an expanded study of the deck’s unique features and techniques, to be published by U.S. Games in 2002. See (U.S. Games Sytems - Item #SPH78) for convenient on-line ordering.
Tarot of the Sephiroth: (ISBN 1-57281-251-6) is
available at bookstores nationwide or by contacting U.
S. Games Systems Inc. directly at (800) 544-2637 or
www.usgamesinc.com. Price $15.00, 78 full-color cards
and booklet, 3”x41/2”, SKU# SPH78.