Alchemy and the Quintessence

The Tarot was built upon the fifth suit, the Major Arcana. Many early decks have only this suit. These cards are considered more important than any other card. In the game of tarot — as in life — these cards “trump” all others; within this “higher” suit, the cards show an obvious progression, with the cards of the higher number trumping the lower number cards. This progression begins with The Fool (Key #0) —Spirit descending into physical existence — and ends with The World (Key #20). The attainment of The World is the ultimate goal of The Fool, and the end of his journey through the cycle of earthly existence.

While the suits of the lower cards represent the four elements that make up life on Earth, the trump suit is the classic “Fifth Element.” Alchemists call the fifth element, the “Quintessence,” which means ether, or the air of the gods; the fifth element corresponds to fifth suit of the Tarot, the Major Arcana. Quintessence is the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature.

…And so, we come full circle, to the alchemist’s concept of the Quintessence: what they termed, “the realm of the gods,” as a reality, unseen, but able to be reached. This psychic, psychological realm is where the archetypes, once revered as the gods, overseers, protectors, and idealized prototypes of man, still exist as images, deeply ingrained into the collective conscious. This is the rich cultural treasure that is our heritage as human beings.

Eventually the seeker comes to understand that the ultimate mystery he sought to understand was never “out there” at all; it is a mystery of the mirror, the mirror that is the mind, which is ultimately an explanation wrapped in an enigma.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr

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