The Book of T offers an opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery, a journey of self-realization, a journey of the self uniting with the Self. Your first step in entering this adventure of awakening consciousness starts Now. The teachings of self-realization contained within The Book of T have, until this moment in space-time, remained a secret. This occult secret was meant to be uncovered and released to the modern world at this critical juncture in history as we rapidly approach the Nexus point of the Galactic Alignment on Dec. 21, 2012.
In one sense The Book of T is an open secret, a philosophical teaching first brought forth in the Sixties. John Cooke and Michael Bowen at the peak of the 1967 Summer of Love released in the San Francisco Oracle the path of the new Tarot for the Aquarian Age. This is the story of T-Ruth. But as fate would have it, The Book of T was mostly ignored and fell into obscurity. Scholars of history and people in general were unable to penetrate the meaning and significance of these new esoteric teachings. The Royal Maze website is dedicated to the service of bringing the destiny of The Book of T to the here and now, to you the reader, to all sincere seekers who share in the quest for the holy grail of T-Ruth. We are all unique individuals – yet we are One, wanderers on a journey home.
The introduction to The Book of T written by John Starr Cooke and Rosalind Sharpe is the quintessential chapter for understanding the following 22 chapters. It is a summary of the entire teachings and contains the key to unlocking the mysteries of the Royal Maze. The key is yours to keep and utilize or to throw away. The choice is yours alone, as only You can undertake this unique journey of self-illumination. The meaning of the Royal Maze is destiny…destiny has brought you here and destiny is always NOW. We encourage you to proceed with both caution and enthusiasm as You embark on your own journey. One is in motion and that motion is Love. The new Tarot for the Aquarian Age, The Book of T is waiting for You to Begin.
THE BOOK OF T
By John Starr Cooke
The T is the Tarot. The Book of T consists of the twenty-two cheap jerseys Books of Tarot, or the major trumps, in their new progressed form. Their symbols were given via the Ouija board; therefore, no particular man authored of contrived them. Madame Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical movement, predicted in her magazine, Lucifer, that the new Tarot would be revealed in the latter half of the present century. The new symbols were given in 1962-63.
The first Book in the new series of Tarot symbols is called the Nameless One. The Nameless One is the former Fool who was chased over a precipice by a dog, to be consumer by the crocodile of earth-time-matter. The Fool was the zero card of the old deck. The nameless One is number 22 in the new Tarot but was given as the first; therefore, he is the first and the last. And, as the container-resolver, he is the Tarot. He bears the signature T, and he carries the scrolls of the Tarot as he steps forward into flower-filled fields, leaving the desert and the pit of bones—the precipice into which the Fool fell repeatedly—behind him. He wrote the scrolls of the Tarot that he is carrying; they are his books. Therefore, the Book of T can be called the Book of the Nameless One: T.
The Fool of the older Tarot did not know who he was or where he was going. Frightened he fled, not seeing the precipice yawning before him. To him, all Destiny came from the outside.
The Book of T was written by the Nameless One who knows that he writes his own Destiny and therefore unwinds it even as he writes it. He unwinds the thread of the Cosmic cheap jerseys from China Spider as he pursues his path toward the one goal: the Knower or the Self. He has reversed the flow of the symbolic Nile – which is to say he has discovered that all acts are a mask for the One and that there is only One Being; there are no others. Therefore, he is the author of his own Destiny. And Destiny, the T, the Tarot, has no past and no future. It exists in the here and now. The T is the One in Motion. The past has already been written; the future remains to be written. The Now is being read. And the Book of T, through its 22 symbolic pictograms, unfolds its way or path.
The Tarot is a path. In Egypt it was called the Books of Life or Books of Thoth. And the Nameless One, as the Resolver, is the container of all from the beginning. But we cannot know of the parents of these Books, for Thoth-Tehuti, the scribe of the gods, had to become his own father and mother in order to become the Nameless One. That One is NOW.
In Egypt the Tarot was called the Royal Way of Life. The word Tarot was derived from the Egyptian words Tar, meaning path or way, and ro, ros or rob, meaning royal, — hence: The Royal Way of Life. And the Books of Life, used in connection with initiation ceremonies, were quite literally the Books of a path of initiation, and its 22 symbols or pictograms were like the words of a sentence adding up to a single meaning. Or they could have been compared to steps upon the way or beads upon a string. They were to be understood singly but also as a whole, a totality, and in relationship to each other.
It is said that the candidate for initiation in the Egyptian mysteries had to pass between paired rows of Tarot symbols inscribed in hieroglyphs on huge tablets of stone and signify his understanding of them before he could be accepted. The symbol T also stands for an initiate; and in early times initiates were know as T’s.
It is possible that the original Books of Thoth contained a secret describing a very specific and literal pathway or method by which the initiate might attain realization.
The Egyptian Books of T were not cards at all but mighty Books embodying cosmic principles. The authorship of the Books of Life was ascribed to Thoth-Tehuti, the scribe of the gods and one of the oldest of the gods who, by tradition, came from Atlan – or Atlantis, the Land of Atlan. Thoth may have been an historical personage. It is believed that he established a colony in Egypt before Atlantis went down. If so, this would place his date at around 10,000 B.C., at about the time of the final submergence of Atlantis, according to Plato’s account.
In his Tehuti aspect, he invented the alphabet, and it is he, along with Osiris, who weighs the heart in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. He is ibis-headed; his symbol is a feather; and he is associated with Truth.
No one has seen the originals of the Books of Thoth. The present day Tarot of the Bohemians, or gypsy pack, used as a fortuned telling deck, is a descendant of the originals but has undergone many alterations in form and symbols as it has been rendered by countless artists. Madame Blavatsky said that the originals of the Tarot were stored in Mesopotamia in cylinder seals of copper and would one day be found. However, their historical origin can never be established, and it is possible that we will never know whether they were written by the legendary Thoth-Tehuti or whether they sprang from an earlier source. But their historical origin is, in the present consideration, beside the point. The new symbols of Tarot were given via the Ouija board, as has been stated, and it was indicated in the message accompanying them that former Tarot symbols were given in a similar way. If so, the identity of the person or persons who recorded them is irrelevant. From this standpoint it may be said that no one authored the Tarot; or that the One authored it.
The new symbols of Tarot contained in the Book of T were not authored by the two channels who received them. The writer of the messages identified itself as “We” or “One”. Thoth-Tehuti, scribe of the gods, may have received the older symbols in the same fashion.
During the Middle Ages, the Tarot was carried to Europe, some say by the Knights Templar, others by the gypsies. The gypsies, according to one account, were the descendants of Egyptian priests who rescued the Books of Thoth, also called the Tora, from the burning library at Alexandria; and the gypsies may easily have been Egyptians as the very word gypsy suggests. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the Tarot appeared in the guise of a playing card deck, also as a fortune-telling deck with the addition of the 56 cards of the minor arcane, or the four suits – wands, swords, cups and pentacles – which are the foundation of all modern playing card decks.
The medieval Tarot deck of 78 cards has survived until the present as a fortune-telling pack, and appears in numerous popular versions. While this preserved the original 22 Tarot symbols, or major Arcanum, which otherwise would have been lost, it obscured their real meaning. Their sacred purpose was forgotten and few realized that they described a path or that they contained a teaching, a way of life.
Although the Kabalists found and stressed an esoteric meaning in the cards, relating them to the ten Sephiroth on the Kabalist Tree of Life and the Hebrew letters, this was overshadowed by their use as a fortune telling deck, and the cards came to be thought of chiefly as a means of predicting the future, with mundane and literal meanings ascribed to each card.
The new Tarot symbols in the Book of T are a radical departure from the older Tarot and represent a progression, indicating that a new turn in the cycle of man’s evolution has taken place. Another chapter has been opened. The older symbols referred to a past age; the new ones to the present and the age to come.
They were revealed to a group of five who met at the home of John Starr Cooke in Carmel, California, in 1962-63. It is interesting to note that the Ouija board sessions were not undertaken for the purpose of obtaining Tarot symbols and that their dictation was unexpected. The Books were dictated in exact detail, even as to color and the placement of the symbols on the card, and John Cooke was given the job of painting them.
Why was the new Tarot given at this time?
Possibly (1) to rescue the Tarot symbols from their plight as fortune telling cards and restore their original and more vital meaning as a path, also as a philosophy or teaching, and (2) to state man’s destiny in this particular time-period and indicate the transition into a new age.
The former deck dealt with a prior time, now ended. It may have dated from the legendary fall of Atlantis until the present, or a period of 12,500 years, a half cycle in the precession of the equinoxes; for Atlantis went down in the age of Leo and we are now entering the age of Aquarius. A hint of this was given in the message accompanying the description of the Tarot Books in its reference to the “reversal of the Nile”. In Egypt, the Heavenly Nile was the Milky Way which flowed between the constellation Leo and the jug of Aquarius. Now the Zodiacal ages, by precession, will flow from Aquarius to Leo in the next half cycle.
The new symbols of Tarot or Book of T, given at the commencement of a new major cycle, speak of the here and now and of the future as it unwinds. It is said that a new force entered the world in 1959, and it is interesting to note that the Great Pyramid prophecies ended on November 17, 1959 at which time mankind symbolically passed from the King’s Chamber into the Great Union Hall. Therefore the Book of T relates to the new age.
The Tarot may be regarded as being predictive on a grand scale. However, it is not a prediction for all, but the prediction of the coming uniting of the Divine Principle or Essence in man with “God”, the One; or the uniting of within-without. Or, it could be described as a path for those who embark upon it. It may or may not be for everyman. That is for everyman to decide.
What is the Tarot?
The Tarot symbols are archetypal symbols of man’s unconscious and represent the enfoldment of his unconscious. They are, therefore, his built-in destiny for any given time period. They are directly linked with cosmic principles and for this reason are predictive on a grand scale. For that which is within is expressed without. Even as the seed contains the tree, that which the unconscious contains is outed and fulfilled externally. Destiny is internal. What is inherent in the times, in the unconscious of man, becomes the time itself. This is another way of saying that man is his own Fate, and that he writes his Destiny, or the Tarot.
The change in symbols point to a change in man’s unconscious in the present time-period. Mankind has taken huge steps since the first Books of Tarot were written thousands of years ago. He has progressed and stands on the threshold of a new state of consciousness.
The new symbols are not only a progression of the old ones but many bear a reverse meaning. Therefore, this has been called the reverse deck of the Tarot by those closely involved with its being brought into manifestation. But the Reversal spoken of refers mainly to the concept that One, or the Self, is the author of all events and acts, and that Destiny is a constant flow both from without to within and within to without. In the past, as symbolized by the Fool, Destiny was seen as coming entirely from without.
It will be observed, as we study the Books of T in the forth coming chapters, that the archetypes have abandoned thrones, chariots, robes and most royal and spiritual paraphernalia and stand forth nakedly. Most of them are literally naked. Also seen is that black and white are usually reversed, and that there is a consistent emphasis on polarity or on masculine-feminine, right-left, conscious-unconscious, yin-yang – all connected with reversal.