My introduction to the Tarot began back in the 1970’s while I was living in a school of initiation called the Holy Order of MANS, headquartered in San Francisco. The Order’s co-director, Reverend Mother Helen Blighton, had studied the Tarot under Jason Lotterhand, former director of the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA) which is located in Los Angeles. The BOTA was founded by Paul Foster Case, considered a Master of the Tarot by his peers. Mother Ruth, as she was called by the members, had written a few books on the subject and created a deck of cards very similar to that deck which was created under the direction of Paul Foster Case for BOTA. She used her deck to teach members of the HOOM about the Tarot.
I had found them fascinating, but it wasn’t until the late 1990’s that they became my passion. I had left the Order in 1977 and didn’t see Mother Ruth again until the late 1990’s. We discussed the Tarot and she told me that, “They would be very helpful assisting you along your spiritual path.” I opened once again the books that she had written, and at her suggestion also read Jason Lotterhand’s book, The Thursday Night Tarot. I was totally fired up! I began to go through every Paul Foster Case book and lesson that I could get my hands on. Then I moved on to books on the Zohar, the Kabbalah, books by Rudolf Steiner, and books and meditations by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of the Self-Realizationship Fellowship. I have also studied the writings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of the Himalayan Academy on the island of Kauai. I was immersed in the world of esoteric, mystical and occult Christianity, Sufism, Zen and Hinduism. And much that I found being taught could also be found in this most enchanting deck of cards.
Since the mid 1990’s I have maintained a chapel in my home. For about 5 years during the early part of the last decade I taught evening classes on the Tarot in the local high school, local recreation centers, and at home. I was ordained Minister-Priest of the Universal Gospel of the Master Jesus and the Holy Order of MANS in 2011. I serve communion (the Eucharist) on Sundays for private students. I also hold a weekly evening meditation class. In 2012 I began an early morning yoga practice at a local yoga studio.
For me, the Tarot is truly a book which covers both the science of life and the art of living. As you read these pages hopefully you, too, will have questions that inspire you to take a look within yourself – that vast place called Life from which you live, and move and have your being.
Margot Whitney (Rt. Rev. Moriah)