Toccata in F, by J.S.Bach BWV 540 compared to Tarot trumps





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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2009

Toccata in F Major by J.S.Bach, Schmeider # 540, performed by Michel Chapuis. Compared to the Major Arcana Tarot trumps showing The Fools' Journey.
See http://philosopherswheel.com/toccata.htm to read about the Toccata and about my work coordinating philosophy and esoteric tradition. See how this tradition matches up with and is brought to life by this, my favorite music.

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Also hear Lionel Rogg play the Toccata, and see how it reveals the chakras: http://youtu.be/t6v-svPGWa0

About this music: Bach's Toccata in F is a powerful and inspiring musical journey. There are many versions posted on You Tube, but this is one of the best by Michel Chapuis at the Schnitger organ at St. Michael's Church in Zwolle Holland in 1968. It was published on CD by Valois in 1987, and is probably out of print.

Although Bach did not know the tarot cards, the Toccata in F certainly represents his expression of the spiritual hero's journey, of which Jesus is the example he was most familiar with. This is my interpretation of how the Toccata and the cards show the same archetypes of the spiritual journey.

The Tarot is a deck of 56 suit and face cards with 22 trumps added. It was used for the first bridge games and is now a powerful divination tool. It was created in the Italian Renaissance by artists steeped in Hermetic and Neo-Platonist philosophy. People in those times staged elaborate "triumph" parades in which the position of each figure "trumped" (triumphed over) the one before, telling in this way a moral and spiritual allegory. Often it was used to celebrate the triumph of a king riding in his chariot to victory, or to the afterlife. The sequence of the 22 tarot trumps tell an allegory of the same kind, inspired by the triumph parades of the time. Tarot was originally called "cards of triumph." More about this in Robert Place's book The Tarot, available at his website along with his articles: http://www.thealchemicalegg.com

Notice I changed the trump order of the early cards to switch male and female rulers. This not only matches the Toccata, but also the chakras, which also correspond to the Toccata (the 1st chakra is considered yang or male, the 2nd above it is female). The Emperor may also represent the ancient king leading his triumph parade.

Notice the letters J and B so prominently pictured on the High Priestess card. The cross seen between them is called the "Solar Cross." Reading that cross as an S, then from right to left are spelled the initials J S B for Johann Sebastian Bach. He used these initials to create his own personal seal, just when this toccata was written! See it in the video of Toccata in F posted by clashtitans
http://youtu.be/5WX5PPRotSc , at my website: http://philosopherswheel/toccata.htm , and also on my Virgil Fox video:

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