Microcosm Publishing

Tarot and the Gates of Light

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The 49-day mystical practice known as Counting the Omer is an ancient Jewish ritual observed between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot (also known as Pentecost).  As practiced by Kabbalists, it is designed to cleanse and purify the soul in preparation for spiritual revelation and a personal connection with God.  The ritual creates an inner journey that follows the path of the Israelites from the moment of their physical freedom from slavery in Egypt to the establishment of their spiritual freedom 49 days later at Mt. Sinai.

Mark Horn uses the ritual of Counting the Omer as a template for guided meditative practice that gives readers insight into their personal life journey and help in overcoming the issues that hinder growth and spiritual awakening.  Examining the correspondence of the tarot's Minor Arcana with the Sephirot of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, he shows how using the cards in connection with Counting the Omer can unlock the gates to a deep experience of the sacred.  In the detailed daily practice workbook section, Horn provides day-by-day descriptions of the 49-day meditative practice of Counting the Omer.  He divides the journey into seven week-long segments, which in turn are broken down into seven daily practices.  For each day, he explains the related Sephirot and tarot cards and their Kabbalistic and spiritual meanings, providing the reader with questions for daily reflection, guidance for meditation, and insight from traditional Jewish texts as well as teachings from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim traditions.