A History of the Occult Tarot, 1870-1970

Author: Ronald Decker,Michael Dummett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780715645727

Category: Tarot

Page: 379

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When the Tarot pack was invented in Italy in the early 15th century, it was simply a pack of cards, used for playing games. Esoteric interpretations of the pack date from late eighteenth-century France, and were confined to that country for a hundred years. Nowadays, however, the cards are used throughout the Western world and not only for fortune telling; for real believers they are a key to secret knowledge of the meaning of life.

A Wicked Pack of Cards

The Origins of the Occult Tarot

Author: Ronald Decker,Thierry Depaulis,Michael A. E. Dummett

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312162948

Category: Games

Page: 308

View: 7096


And practitioners of magic, and the occasional French charlatan, developed uses for Tarot cards and baseless theories about them which were virtually unknown in other countries. The authors trace this phenomenon through the writings and activities of many advocates of Tarot occultism, including Court de Gebelin, Etteilla, Levi, and Papus, showing how an extraordinary variety of occult theories - from Hermetism to Rosicrucianism, from the Cabala to Freemasonry - was.

Mystical Origins of the Tarot

From Ancient Roots to Modern Usage

Author: Paul Huson

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892811908

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 352

View: 5897


Thoroughly examines the original historical source of each tarot card, how the card's divinatory meanings evolved from these symbols, and provides authentic spreads and divination techniques from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Original.

Occult Tarot

Author: Travis McHenry

Publisher: Rockpool Publishing

ISBN: 9781925924213

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 112

View: 8861


How can we possibly embrace our truest self if we never step into the dark? Author and occultist Travis McHenry reveals the secret daemons of the 17th-century and conjures their powers into this unique set of 78-divination cards. Drawing on daemons, symbols, and sigils from ancient magickal grimoires including Archidoxis Magica and the Key of Solomon, Occult Tarot presents a fully realized divination tool to finally embrace and behold the mysteries of the night. The first tarot deck to faithfully adhere to the Solomonic principles of demon conjuration, Occult Tarot allows practitioners to discover the power of ancient demons and learn to tame the beasts that wander between the physical and spiritual worlds.

The History of Magic and the Occult

Author: Kurt Seligmann

Publisher: Gramercy


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 342

View: 8561


Encompassing more than five thousand years of world history, the major civilizations, and every subject related to magic and the occult, this classic primer explores every aspect of magic and the occult, from Alchemy to Zoroaster.

The Fool's Journey: the History, Art, and Symbolism of the Tarot

Author: Robert M. Place

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557533503

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 4791


This is one of the best resources for understanding the Tarot's mystical symbolism. It includes an updated history based on Place's The Tarot: History Symbolism and Divination, which "Booklist" said " may be the best book ever written on ...the tarot." This edition adds color illustrations of key works and comparative illustrations from the Renaissance, from alchemical texts, from ancient Egypt, and from occult sources. It views the Tarot as a 500-year visual conversation between artists, mystics, and occultists. The work is based on the 2010 Tarot exhibition at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum, curated by Place, and includes the Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the 1st Italian printed deck, the oldest Tarot of Marseille, The 1st occult reference, the 1st occult Tarot, the 1st modern Tarot, the 1st New Age Tarot, and examples from popular modern decks including the Twilight Tarot, the Legacy Tarot, the Deviant Moon Tarot, the Annotated Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, and Place's Alchemical Tarot.

A History of Games Played with the Tarot Pack

The Game of Triumphs

Author: Michael A. E. Dummett,John McLeod

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780773464490

Category: Social Science

Page: 910

View: 9702


This two-volume book gives as comprehensive a history as can be achieved at the present time of a family of card games that originated in the first quarter of the XV century, and is therefore one of the very oldest still practiced. It is the family of games played with the Tarot pack. Contrary to popular belief, the Tarot pack was not invented for fortune-telling or any other occult purpose: that was an accretion dating from the late XVIII century. It was invented to play a new kind of card game: its great contribution was to introduce the idea of trumps into card play. The games spread to France and Switzerland in the early XVI century, and subsequently over almost the whole of Europe. In doing so, it developed a great multiplicity of different forms: the family is far more diverse than any other, while retaining a constant central core. This book will gather material that is widely scattered and very hard to come by, a good deal of it not otherwise accessible in print at all. It will therefore be an indispensable reference work for all who are interested in the history of this game or any particular branch of it. It will also give examples, more instructive than could be given fr

The Great Seal of the United States

Its History, Symbolism and Message for the New Age (9th Edition)

Author: Paul Foster Case

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1789122058

Category: History

Page: 42

View: 5253


The Great Seal of the United States, which was first published in 1935, is a fascinating exposition of the history and spiritual symbolism of an important American emblem that embodies the principles and ideals of the founders of this country. In this book, American occultist, B.O.T.A. founder, teacher and author Dr. Paul Foster Case reveals the Great Seal to be a profound spiritual glyph created by the Founding Fathers as a representation of the ideals of the Novo Ordo Seclorum, the New World Order. A fascinating, thought-provoking read.

The Kabalistic and Occult Tarot of Eliphas Levi

Author: Eliphas Levi,Daath Gnosis

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1300783117

Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 7095


This is a compilation of Eliphas Levi's writings on the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot and their corresponding Hebrew letters. It includes the ""Magic Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum"", some extracts from the ""Major Keys and the Clavicles of Solomon"" and the Editor's Appendix is a large collection of Levi's drawings and diagrams for easy reference. ÒThe science of signs begins with the science of letters. Letters are absolute ideas. Absolute ideas are numbers. Numbers are perfect signs. In using ideas with numbers, one can operate upon the ideas like one can operate upon number and arrive at the mathematics of truth. The tarot is the key of letters and numbersÉÓ ÒNow, the tarot that we have today É has come to us from Egypt passing through Judea. The keys of this tarot, in fact, correspond with the letters of the hebraic alphabet, and some of its figures even reproduce the same form of the characters of this sacred alphabet.Ó

The Esoteric Tarot

Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

Author: Ronald Decker

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835630838

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 312

View: 6579


That the Tarot originated in ancient Egypt as a divinatory tool is a romantic misconception. Ron Decker’s meticulous scholarship will surprise practitioners and academics alike, revealing the Tarot’s true evolution and meanings as its inventor(s) understood it. The Tarot consists of the Minor Arcana, four suits of cards similar to our modern deck, and the Major Arcana, twenty-two allegorical or “trump” cards. Decker says the four-suit deck was invented in Asia Minor before AD 1000; Italian courtiers added the trumps in the 1400s. But Tarot was first used as a game. Tarot divination was only created in the 1700s by a Parisian fortuneteller who based the trump images on Hermeticism, which merges Greco-Egyptian alchemy, astrology, numerology, magic, and mysticism. Today, the suit-cards are often traced to the ancient Jewish Cabala. But, says Decker, they, too, acquired their meanings only in the 1700s, and he cites a lost numerical system based on Cabala at that time Decker’s interpretation integrates three whole systems-astrological, arithmological, mystagogical (concerning initiation rites into the Mysteries). His depth of knowledge makes the book a must-have for serious students of Tarot and esotericism