The Fool’s Pilgrimage


Tarots & Oracles

Stephan Hoeller

Quest Books

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150 Pages
9 x 6


Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tarot

The Kabbalah (or Judaic Tree of Life) and the Tarot — an ancient divinatory system of symbolic cards — are two of the most powerful tools for spiritual development the Western mystery tradition has ever evolved. This classic work reveals the links between the two, showing that, together, they provide a profound and trustworthy guide for the spiritual journey. Beginners and experienced users alike will find lasting value in regard to what Stephen Hoeller calls our one purpose: To attain union with God.

First published in 1975 as The Royal Road, this new edition is retitled The Fool’s Pilgrimage in reference to the first card of the Tarot deck, which depicts us all as the youthful, carefree spiritual pilgrim, at the peak and bathed in light, on the precipice and yet safe, instincts intact in the form of the joyful dog at his heels.

The Tarot consists of two kinds of cards: the Minor Arcana, which speaks to everyday realities (whence our modern playing deck comes), and the Major Arcana, twenty-two other cards that represent universal archetypes — beginning with the Fool and including the Magician, the Lovers, the High Priestess, the Emperor, and so on. Dr. Hoeller relates each of these latter cards to the paths connecting the ten way stations of developing consciousness on the Kabbalah — from the physical foundation to the mystical crown — complete with graphic illustrations.

Notably, this new edition includes a CD of Dr. Hoeller’s gentle, avuncular voice leading readers through the twenty-two meditations he provides in the book to help facilitate the spiritual journey. (The enthusiasm of his students, for whom he originally developed these meditations, is what first prompted him to write the book.) Throughout, the work remains unique for the lucidity of Dr. Hoeller’s guidance, which demystifies and makes accessible the practical wisdom in each arcane system for progressing upward in consciousness and living in harmony with the Divine.

Stephan Hoeller

Stephan Hoeller was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1931 into a family of Austro-Hungarian nobility. Exiled from his native country as the result of the communist rule subsequent to World War II, he studied in various academic institutions in Austria, Belgium, and Italy. In 1952 he immigrated to the United States and has resided in Southern California ever since. In the early 1970's he became first associate professor and later head of the Department of Comparative Religions at the College of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles, a position he held for fifteen years. He also taught special courses at the Institute for the Study of Religion (East and West) at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is author of five books, all published by Quest Books: The Royal Road; The Gnostic Jung and Seven Sermons to the Dead; Jung and the Lost Gospels;Freedom: Alchemy for a Voluntary Society, and Gnosticism:New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing. He has been a frequent contributor to Gnosis Magazine in which he wrote a popular column entitled "Alternative Realities." He has also written for Quest Magazine and for professional journals. Dr. Hoeller has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, and the United States. Since 1972 he has lectured on a weekly basis at the Philosophical Research Society and teaches at the recently founded Philosophical Research Society University Project. He has been director of studies at the Gnostic Society in Los Angeles since 1963, as well as a bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica, a church of Gnostic descent. He was ordained to the Gnostic priesthood in 1958 and to the episcopate in 1967. For over twenty years, Dr. Hoeller has been sharing his wisdom in weekly talks recorded at the Los Angeles Gnostic Society. His subjects range over the entire scope of Western inner traditions, emphasizing Jungian psychology and gnosis, the ancient premise that we can experience direct knowledge of transcendent reality. These talks have been recorded onto cassette tapes and made available to the general public for purchase.
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