Famous author, atheist and skeptic, Sam Harris, explains how mythology & tarot cards can be problematic, but also how they can help humans live more conscious and fulfilled lives.
An article about Joseph Smith and Ceremonial magic from Conchisle.com:
"Both of Joe Smith's parents instilled occult beliefs in him. In an 1829 letter to his nephew "Hiram," Joe Smith Sr.'s brother Jesse Smith condemned his brother's involvement in the occult and his using a divining rod (Dan Vogel, ed., Early Mormon Documents, SLC, Signature Books, 1996, 1:553).
That same year Joe Smith pressed Oliver Cowdery into service as a scribe for recording Smith's "translation" of the Book of Mormon, Cowdery having introduced himself to Smith as a divining "rodsman." Official RLDS historian Richard P. Howard admitted that Joe Smith had commended Oliver Cowdery's use of a divining rod in seeking buried treasure (Richard P. Howard, Restoration Scriptures: A Study of Their Textual Development, Independence, Mo., 1969, pp. 211-14)."
Read more from http://www.conchisle.com/magic.htm
An article about Joseph's astrology chart from Astrotheme.com:
"Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader who founded the Latter Day Saint movement, also known as Mormonism. Smith's followers declared him to be the first latter-day prophet, whose mission was to restore the original Christian church, said to have been lost soon after the death of Apostles because of an apostasy. This restoration included the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the publication of the Book of Mormon and other new scriptures. As a leader of large settlement communities, Smith also became a political and military leader in the American Midwest."
Read more about Joseph Smith's biography and birthchart on Astrotheme.com.
Manly P. Hall wrote extensively about comparative religion, and philosophy. He was especially fascinated by ancient religions and mystery schools. He wrote the famous book on ancient mystery shcools entitled: "The Secret Teachings of all Time."
I was excited to discover this recorded speech on youtube. I have read some of Hall's books, but it's always great to hear the actual author's voice. I really like how he explains his theories behind the facade of tarot divination; how our mind is more accepting of self knowledge when it appears to come from an outside source.
I take everything this guy says with a grain of salt. Many people think he was too far out in left field; but some of his ideas are quite interesting, insightful and worthy of study.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb9aakzGjcY
Following the emigration to the Salt Lake Valley, the Nauvoo Temple, the pride and joy of Nauvoo mormons was destroyed by an arsonist. A tornado knocked down most of the walls, and the rest of the building was torn down in the interest of public safety.
An artist in the process of developing a full tarot deck that harmonizes Mormon history and cosmology with the archetypes of the tarot.