Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, authored by Anonymous. This is a classic which ranks alongside The Secret Teachings of all Ages by Manly Hall. Meditations investigates the twenty-two cards of the major arcana of the Tarot in the form of letters addressed to a Dear Unknown Friend.
But, who indeed, is our unknown friend who lends his identity as author to Anonymous?
Now we can reveal the author as Russian mystic Valentin Tomberg, born on St. Valentine’s Day in St. Petersburg (1900-1973). He began as a student of the renowned Rudolf Steiner.
“The teachings on the heavenly hierarchies was renewed in the first quarter of this century (20th) through the lifework of the great Austrian seer and thinker Rudolf Steiner. The depth and profundity of Steiner’s contributions to a new understanding of the spiritual hierarchies is such that this theme cannot be taken up today without taking into account his remarkable accomplishment.” Tomberg
Tomberg spent World War II hiding in Catholic monasteries in Holland. There his faith in Feminine Wisdom Mary-Sophia deepened into a bedrock of Christian belief.
Christ and Sophia, published by Steiner Books, is a must-own classic. It cannot rival the stunning breadth of mystical insights of the Meditations on the Tarot but it does focus on the Anthroposophic origin of Tomberg’s vision.