The best books on tarot archetypes and the I Ching

Sarita Armstrong Author Of The Tao in the Tarot
By Sarita Armstrong

The Books I Picked & Why

The Infinite Harmony: Musical Structures in Science and Theology

By Michael Hayes

The Infinite Harmony: Musical Structures in Science and Theology

Why this book?

The innovative thinking in this book inspired me to put my original ideas into writing. Here was someone else who was looking into the profound origins of humanity and how the world is made up. It reassured me I was on the right track in associating the Major Arcana of the Tarot with the I-Ching. Michael Hayes goes further in detecting a numerical and musical synthesis between ancient doctrines and current scientific discoveries. It is not a quick read, but a real eye-opener. Whilst not agreeing with all of it, there was so much fascinating information; I had to read it through twice straight off.


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The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

By Julian Jaynes

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Why this book?

Despite the rather off-putting title, I found this book really interesting. Written by a specialist psychologist, it presented a new theory about the way human thinking has developed from the earliest beginnings. I was particularly interested in his concept that ancient man ‘heard the voice of god’ inside his mind, but as ‘primitive’ humans became more individualised, the gods were heard less often, until they could no longer be heard at all. This resonates with the myths that in a Golden Age humankind ‘walked with God’ but as aeons passed, the gods retreated. At this juncture, people started to construct images of their gods and divination appeared as a way to contact ‘the divine’. But that is a tiny part of this thought-provoking work.


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Restoring the Balance

By Chöjé Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Restoring the Balance

Why this book?

This is an easy-to-read book for anyone new to a Buddhist way of thinking. The deceptively simple philosophy put forward by the author is startlingly relevant to all of us in today’s world – a world so obviously in need of restoring balance. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was the founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the U.K.


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Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism

By Lama Anagarika Govinda

Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism

Why this book?

In the preface, Govinda explains: Anticipating the future, Tomo Geshe Rinpoche, one of the greatest spiritual teachers of modern Tibet and a real master of inner vision, left his remote mountain hermitage ... and proclaimed that the time had come to open to the world the spiritual treasures which had been hidden and preserved in Tibet for more than a thousand years. Because humanity stands at the crossroads of great decisions: before it lies the Path of Power ... leading to enslavement and self-destruction – and the Path of Enlightenment ... leading to liberation and self-realization.

This deeply spiritual book takes the reader through the Tibetan mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum in a way that gives true meaning to what it really is to be human.


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Four Quartets

By T. S. Eliot

Four Quartets

Why this book?

I want to include this slim volume of four fairly long, connected poems because I have turned to it so often over the years. T.S. Eliot could be called a modern mystic, for he was ahead of his time. Nostalgia for another age is mixed with single lines that keep you thinking for days, and there are elements you can only appreciate intuitively. Reading these poems takes me to unknown places that I think I remember, and to times beyond this time.


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