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Magical Tattwa Cards: A Complete System of Self-Development Paperback – Sep 8 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Pap/Crds edition (Sept. 8 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567184723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184723
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 5.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 417 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,129,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati) wrote his first book "Psychosomatic Yoga" in 1961 while completing an intensive period of study in India.  His current books include "Ecstasy Through Tantra, "A Chakra and Kundalini Workbook", "Mind Magic Kit" and "Magic Tattwas" from Llewellyn.

Dr. Mumford is a direct disciple of Dr. Swami Gitananda and Paramhansa Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar.  He was initiated by Swami Satyananda in 1973, at BSY Monghyr, Bihar State, India.  Dr. Mumford is respected across the world for his knowledge and scholarship.  A born teacher, Dr. Mumford frequently gives lecture on relaxation techniques, sexuality, Tantra and other aspects of human development and spirituality .

No mere theoretician, Dr. Mumford is a world renowned authority on Tantra and yoga.  He has demonstrated his own self-mastery of cardiac cessation, obliteration of individual pulse beat at will, sensory withdrawal and voluntary breath retention over the 5 minute range, and start and stop bleeding on command.

His background combining chiropractic and psychology with extensive international experience in a wide range of Eastern disciplines makes Dr. Mumford eminently well-suited to the task of disseminating the secrets of Tantra unto the West.

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By A Customer on March 19 2001
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I just got a copy of "Magical Tattwa Cards" and the accompanying book within the past 3 months. I've worked alot through the past 2 decades with Tarot & Runes, but these cards in their simplicity allow the reader to access very deep levels of their own physical and spiritual bodies. The flashing tablets allow the cards to stay with you during meditation. I have found them quite valuable in divination, and much more so for meditation. When holding the image in your mind, you won't be dissapointed with your meditation. I have several other titles/tapes of Dr. Mumford's and I find them all to be frank speaking, and very accessible. I encourage other seekers of things esoteric to get this card/book set. I think you will like it! 131
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This is another great book by the author of the excellent Chakra and Kundalini Workbook. This has a complete set of exercises of working with the tattwa cards including scrying, divination, visualization, and an excellent chakra workout system. Mumford's explanations are extremely clear with a whole series of step-by-step exercises in working with the cards. The cards are absolutely beautiful and definitely worth the price of the set. He correlates the cards not only with the traditional yoga teachings but also with the Golden Dawn tradition. One could use this set of cards, if so inclined, exclusively as a complete system of self-realization and personal development.
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[Tattwas are like psychic elevators, psychic circuit boards, a bridge between the conscious & the unconscious mind. It is based on the five elements of Earth(Square), Water(Crescent) , Fire(Triangle) , Air(Circle) & Ether(Oval). They are used for , Divination, Scrying , Chakra Activation, Shaping the Future, OBE, Lucid Dreams & Developing Clairvoyance,]

Some chapters of the book are very hard to follow & confusing. In chapter six , page 202, it is very clear that the author has made a mistake & somehow the publisher missed it . Ether Seed of Water is denoted by a crescent inside an oval, instead it is represented as a triangle inside an oval, which belongs to Ether Seed of Fire. I double checked the latter & previous chapters since Im new to this subject, & it was evident & obvious , that mistakenly, the author has drawn the wrong elemental shape. This is significant & critical, because if anyone is new to the subject of Tattwas cards (like me), will get very confused & will end up practicing the Tattwa cards incorrectly, which according to the author, must be done in a very specific & correct way for optimal effect!!!
I also had mixed emotions about the Tattwa cards. It is great fun using these cards. According to the author, the cards must be introduced to the subconcous / unconcous mind, by a process he calls "unconscious assimilation". This is done by keeping the Tattwa on a white piece of paper, & staring at it for 1-2 minutes, then the card is removed & one continues gazing at the white paper. Soon an image of the card will develop & appear on the white paper, even though it has been removed. The illusory image appearing in the white paper is spectacular & vivid.
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This kit should be a required purchase for any yogi-in-training, witch, ceremonial mage or anyone who wants to change their lives for the better. I've thumbed through various psychic development manual and self-help "cookbooks" on positive thinking, etc. and haven't seen any exercises or advice that is direct, clear, practical, and REALISTIC like the Tattwa kit. Dr. Mumford spends only 1 chapter on background info. on Indian use of Tattwas and the rest of the book is comprised of exercise upon exercise. He doesn't repeat himself over and over, tell you to do things he hasn't done himself or without telling you why. You don't have to buy anything else or spend money on his other books or tapes to make this one work for you. If anything, Dr. Mumford is rather unassuming given his credentials. There are no new-age terminologies, feel good 'fluffiness' or abstract concepts. Lastly, you don't need to do the exercises for months before seeing the slightest results. Results, though small at the beginning, are seen from day 1. And if you read ahead like I do, you'll get excited at what you'll be able to do by the end of the book IF you do everything consistently. You only need 10-15 min. a day to do them. This is one of Llewellyn's hidden gems!
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The cards are well made. The exercises are ok at first, but after a few chapters later, its totally waaaaaaaaaaay confusing. The author makes it sound so easy to do the excercise. I think he's forgetting that most people who really wants to learn about Tattwas are beginners. The description and the instructions for the excercise isn't well written and a bit dry. The author seems to be really facinated with the end results of the exercise. I can just picture him saying "Hoorah!"... I stopped after Chapter 4, since he's going on a much faster pace and makes everything easy. He had been studying this for decades and expect someone without much background to jump up and shout "Yeh!well, not quite. Tattwas are quite complicated since it deals with the unseen forces and can act as a doorway to the elemental realm of the astral. I gave this 3 stars because of the card itself. If you practice Magick, then using the cards to enter the Astral Realm helps. I try not to think about the book, since its not that useful - for some of you with more talent might find it useful, as for me a beginner not quite. The cards are beautifully made and can be used with other instructions (if you can find one).
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