By Ronald Decker
First released in 2002, hugely wanted, and at last to be had back, A History of the Occult Tarot is the vintage paintings at the background of the Tarot deck and its makes use of in occult circles. beginning with the past due nineteenth century, the authors—art historian and old card curator Ronald Decker and previous Oxford common sense professor Michael Dummett—examine how the Tarot went from a deck used easily for card video games to being the popular divination device of occultists, a bridge to the spirit international, or even a map of the subconscious brain.
Looking on the humans and corporations who followed the Tarot, starting from the Theosophical Society and Aleister Crowley to the Order of the Golden sunrise and P.D. Ouspensky, this compelling scholarly examine Tarot’s occult background describes some of the attention-grabbing decks utilized by occultists in addition to the key histories of magical and occult teams of the overdue nineteenth century via modern occasions. it's one of many crucial histories of the topic and a key quantity for the libraries of all critical scholars of Tarot.
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These perspectives could yield valuable views of the esoteric Tarot, but they cannot receive proper delineation in one book. We had noted that Tarotism lacked a simple, honest, thorough chronicle. That is the book that we intended to provide. The earliest evidence of the Tarot comes from the courtly circles of northern Italy in the 1440s. The pack probably was invented there in the 1420s. Its only indicated use was for playing a card game. The Tarot in its original form included four suits, of Swords, Batons, Cups and Coins, each suit being composed of ten numeral cards from Ace to 10 and four court cards – Jack, Knight, Queen and King.
The Tarot in its original form included four suits, of Swords, Batons, Cups and Coins, each suit being composed of ten numeral cards from Ace to 10 and four court cards – Jack, Knight, Queen and King. The four suits were the ordinary ones then used in Italy, and still used in many parts of it, for regular playing cards; the Knight was a standard court figure in Italian packs, the Queen being added for the Tarot. The unique feature of the pack is the presence of 21 picture cards properly called ‘trumps’, and a single card called the Fool.
The founders synthesised a wide range of Western magic and designed a Tarot that reflected this comprehensive approach. English-speaking occultists subjected the Tarot to a fairly uniform treatment: they assimilated the old French theories of the Tarot, then adapted them and declared the novel result to be a ‘secret tradition’, which they purveyed within their magical societies. In the present book, we have chosen to concentrate on the life of that ‘secret tradition’ of the Tarot as it was engendered within the occult societies and as it escaped their control to take up new careers in modern culture.