The 21 Faces of God

The 21 Faces of God is a 27 part film made for YouTube.  The film has been released in parts as well as in a long-form version.

This film was made by Robert Bonomo after many years of studying and practicing the Tarot and is a continuation of the exploration of the major arcana that began with his novel, Your Love Incomplete.

The film gives the viewer background on the esoteric ideas behind the Tarot- duality, archetypes, astrology and Pythagorean thought.  These are explored in the first five parts of the film.  The next 22 parts examine each card separately.  Instead of giving a 'cookbook' explanation, the film not only transmits the essence of the individual archetypes of the cards, but also put the cards clearly within the spiritual journey that is the major arcana.

While this film will help those learning the cards as a divinatory practice, its main focus is the path of the major arcana.  The underlying premise of the film is that the major arcana are an ordered set of archetypes that layout a path to individuation, beginning with body, then the soul, and finally the spirit.

The 21 Faces of God has a strong Jungian influence, especially in that it sees the major arcana as having a strong alchemic influence.  Pythagorean number theory is also a key factor, as the film explores in depth how the tetractys reverberates through astrology, music and even modern cosmologies.  The work of Joseph Campbell also plays an important role in the film.

The film was more than two years in the making and utilizes a myriad of cultural references, from films and paintings to current TV shows.  While some areas might be quite dense, it is assumed that the viewer will explore some of the topics more in depth before continuing on.  It is hoped that this film will launch many on the esoteric journey and send them scurrying down many an enlightening rabbit hole.


Haili Zhang
Subtitles have been created for the film in Spanish, Russian and Chinese.  The director, Robert Bonomo, did the Spanish subtitles and a large team of volunteers created the Russian subtitles.  These are currently available on the serialized version and will be put on the long-form version in the near future.

A group of dedicated and ambitious students from the Translation Department at the Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology took on the challenge of creating Chinese subtitles for the documentary, The 21 Faces of God.  Creating subtitles for this documentary created enormous challenges as the film deals with language related to Greek philosophy and mythology, alchemy, astrology and many other esoteric topics replete with obscure and arcane terms.  Nonetheless, the leader of the group and translation lecturer, Haili Zhang, and her dedicated team of student volunteers has done an outstanding job not only of translating the words, but conveying the meaning of the film into Chinese.

The director of The 21 Faces of God, Robert Bonomo, taught as a lecturer in the English department of the Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology.  During Robert’s time in Luoyang he had the unique opportunity of interacting with several Taoist monks who exercised a very strong influence on him and his desire to make this film by helping to understand the universal nature of esoteric thought.  

Translation team
The director of the film is deeply moved and honored that students from a city so close to his heart, Luoyang, with its ancient history and crucial role in the life of Lao Tse, are the ones to make this film available to Chinese speakers.

The translation team:  
Team Leader, Haili Zhang
Members, Bianli He, Yichong Gao, Yuhan Mao, Yanwen Duan, Danxia Xiang, Liyuan Duan, Xiujie Wang, Fan Yang.