Portable Encyclopedia of Natural Law
It has been said that a picture is worth 10,000 words, and the knowledge contained in each of these ‘pictures’ would easily fill many volumes if ever written down. Tarot cards were originally designed for students of esoteric ‘schools’ as a portable and easily concealed study system coded in symbology, colour, numerology, and sacred geometry.
The student could then practice applying the teaching they had received by using their own mind and life observation skills to further unlock the deeper levels of knowledge contained within the cards. This is an important principle based in the ancient wisdom of having to ‘earn’ new knowledge and wisdom by the merit of ones own efforts.
Although very rare, the Frownstrong Tarot is possibly the most accurate and comprehensive Tarot available in the world today, and is truly stunning in the breadth and depth of its esoteric knowledge and understanding of the human condition and its greater universal possibility.
It proceeds out of the idea that everything that exists–from galaxies to stars, to planets, flora, minerals, fauna and human beings–have all appeared and ultimately been caused by one set of core universal laws principles and motive. That being the case, coming to know and understand these laws, should enable a person to be able to know and understand all things of true and natural importance to life and living.
The 21 cards (Card 22 is the card of negation and was required in the pack by English Law) are all structured around the ‘law of 3’ and its influence and manifestation throughout the 7 levels of our terrestrial existence, or life on earth. Hence Cards 1-7 represent Universal Government & Principle. Cards 9-14 are the cards of natural growth and learning, with cards 15-21 depicting the processes of spiritual attainment and illumination.
Each card therefore, with its symbols, sacred geometry, colours, number, and human posture prompts, represents one of the core laws or fundamental, unseen principle that govern existence and what is possible for human life.
To demonstrate just how far reaching and comprehensive the knowledge of this system actually is, the following will be an ongoing analysis of current world events and so called 'modern trends' via the 21 principles or core truths of the Tarot.
Above: The very rare Frownstrong Tarot, consisting of the 22 cards of the Major Acrana. Published in London in the mid 1970’s by the Regal Print Company. It is a remarkably successful and illuminated attempt to regather and reconstitute the original natural law understandings of the Tarot or ‘Rota’ pack for modern times.
Above: The true origins of the Tarot system can be seen in places like Ancient Egypt, where certain occult and natural law understandings were portrayed pictorially in symbolic form. An example being this ‘weighing of the heart’ relief in the temple of Hathor at Deir el-Medina. The very same principles of universal and natural 'justice' are re portrayed hundreds of years later in the ‘Justice’ card of the Tarot.
Life is meaningless suffering...?
The 2014 movie “This is where I leave you” depicts a supposedly modern average family reluctantly gathering together for 7 days to honour their deceased fathers last request. A typical American 'dysfunctional family' comedy, the film concludes with the dark message that being lost, confused, bewildered and unable to sustain any kind of meaningful long term human relationships, or to find any significant purpose or meaning in ones life is actually ‘normal’ and that ultimately the only solution is to just ‘surrender’ and go along with it all and hope that you might just find a few random moments of ‘happiness’ to keep you going.
Whether this movie is yet another manifestation of 'cultural Marxism' and its long term agenda to ‘dehumanise’ the populace and remove any natural human values or higher ideals, or whether this is the result of the personal experience of the author having grown up in such a socially engineered nation is hard to tell. (or perhaps it was backed by big Pharma to sell more anti depressants!) What is clear is that this movie and its message are the inevitable result of a modern world view built up upon the false science of Darwinism and the Newtonian, mechanical, clock work model of the universe which aggressively asserts that life is the result of a chemical accident and continues by random mutation without any greater purpose or meaning. (see 'Rediscovering the Web of Life)
This is precisely where the entry into the Tarot system of knowledge begins, with the Life card, because it was designed to direct ones attention to considering what the inherent proposition of being alive might actually be in the first place.
Above: the authors synthesis of the key elements of vital knowledge from the ideas contained across a wide range of Tarot 'Life' cards, often referred to as 'The lovers'.
The big decision - to be or not to be?
The first thing that stands out is in this card is that it depicts two humans surrounded by nature. There are no roads, billboards, cell phone towers, skyscrapers or 'Golden arches'. In other words there are no man made constructs. They appear in their natural state and environment.
This is the first great consideration for any human seeking the deeper meaning of being alive–is nature, the planet, human life and the universe itself, some kind of giant cosmic 'accident' or is there a reason and a purpose to it all? Of course we are mostly conditioned and educated with the modern idea that there is no meaning or purpose to life. However we are also taught by our 'mentors' when young about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and that 'Fiat' money is based in something real, so perhaps its not such a silly idea to work out what you think about it all for yourself? after all, its your life!
So the life card is about doing some research and deciding whether there is some kind of 'intelligence' and purpose behind it all or not. It doesn't mean having all the answers, but it does mean deciding to move in that direction. This is why the people in the card are looking off into the distance, they are looking out beyond this planet and into the center of the universe towards the original cause of all things.
Of course its not every one's cup of tea and never has been, for the vast majority of humans have always been more interested in other things and clearly what ever created us gave us the ability to choose what to do with our lives, which suggests that if there is the option of a greater purpose to living it is not forced upon us.
Above the figures is a symbol sometimes referred to as 'The Seal of Solomon' it holds a great clue about the purpose of life, because it represents the very ancient sacred science idea, that all of creation is an interlocked, interdependent combination of energy and matter. The blue downward pointing triangle represents the kaleidoscope of universal forces and energy. The red upward pointing triangle represents the material worlds, from gases to liquids and the mass of dense material compounds. The eternal interaction of these 2 universal dimensions gives us life or 3 + 3 = 6.
Although once considered to be an idea of a primitive science, this idea is also key to an even deeper meaning of this symbol and that is that there is actually a 3rd ‘presence’ which is the principle that binds the two polar opposites of force and matter together. This says that there must by necessity be a greater power and force that created and brought the two together in the first place, and if that is the case then it clearly suggests that something must of had a reason for doing so. It also indicates that the idea that 'mind and body' are two separate things–set in motion by Descartes and eventually resulting in the view that matter is primary to all things–is a destruction of truth rather than a development of it.
Ancient wisdom always held that the human is the meeting place or ‘crucible’ of both ‘worlds’ the material and the immaterial, the seen and the unseen. Is not our very awareness, consciousness, feelings and memory the result of the combined processes of these two dimensions? Science, in believing that all of life's phenomena are materially based still has no model to adequately explain the existence of the mind and consciousness, and yet they clearly exist. Many of those who have been through a near death experience know full well this is the case, as did the many great artists, poets, musicians, and sculptors of exceptional ability that made no bones about the source of their inspiration coming from a higher immaterial realm of ‘influence’. So this simple hexagram is a profound first clue about this sacred hidden, knowledge behind the veil of ordinary life and secular education, because this symbol exists all throughout history and its meaning can be studied and put to the test to as to whether what it says is valid or not.
Above: Promotional poster from 2014 ‘comedy’ “This is where I leave you”, where a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather together for their fathers funeral.
Above: Although Philosophers and intellectuals will probably debate for all eternity as to what the word ‘natural’ means, a very simple definition is that it is anything not created by humans. Hence the first message of the Life card is to look to all that is natural, both seen and unseen. That which was here before the ideas of man. Then even more importantly to seek to understand those principles and causes that lay behind the integrated, living web of nature, the planet and life itself.
Above: Although well known as a symbol of 'opposites' what is not commonly understood is that the Yin Yang symbol indicates a third 'hidden' force or influence which is the power of 'one' that binds the two together in a mutual function and purpose.
Above: The sacred science understanding of the constant, dynamic tension between the two worlds or dimensions throughout all of creation is depicted in many different forms throughout ancient history such as the 'conflict' between the archetypal figures of Horus & Set, who personify the interacting principles of energy & matter, light & dark, electricity & magnetism, higher & lower, head & heart, body & mind etc.