Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 1 December
Document title: Opening: What Is To Be Done On Course
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Philadelphia Doctorate Course
Document ID: PDC-1
Description: Hubbard discusses the tarot as a philosophical machine.
The one thing you must not do in this universe is find out something. And you know every secret cult, every cult there’s ever been, every block of knowledge ever put forward in this universe has tried to have a big secrecy level on it. The information dives out of sight in this universe faster than anything you’ve ever saw. Several thousand years ago somebody made a philosophical machine called the Tarot.
Lord knows what that machine is up to or all about. And then he says, “The only way I can possibly make this last is to hand it over as playing cards to the Gypsies.” And so today down through these thousands of years, we can again and still look at the Tarot. It’s still in existence but it’s just a philosophical machine. Every one of the cards in the Tarot is a concept of human experience one way or the other. And what he did with these and what he knew with these I don’t know. But it’s a very interesting gimmick.