By Ronald Decker
First released in 2002, hugely wanted, and eventually on hand 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 vintage 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 well-liked divination device of occultists, a bridge to the spirit international, or even a map of the subconscious brain.
Looking on the humans and businesses 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 historical past describes a few of the interesting decks utilized by occultists in addition to the key histories of magical and occult teams of the overdue nineteenth century via modern instances. 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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Trinick (1921-22). The Great Symbols of the Tarot (XVI, XVII, XVIII) (Private Collection); the Great Symbols of the Tarot (XXIV, XXV, XXVI) (Private Collection). 11. E. B. Trinick, (1921-22). The Great Symbols of the Tarot (XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX) (Private Collection); the Great Symbols of the Tarot (XXX, XXXI, XXXII) (Private Collection). 12. Variation on the Magus or Magician for Crowley's Thoth Tarot: originals by Frieda Harris (1938-40). Photograph of unused study (1940)(Private Collection); reprint of Thoth Tarot (1970) (Private Collection); cover for handlist of exhibition (1942) (Private Collection); extra card packaged with reprint of Thoth Tarot (1986) (Private Collection).
In a diagram of the Tree of Life, adjacent spheres representing sephiroth can be linked by 22 lines in a symmetrical arrangement. It is best to distinguish between the 32 paths of wisdom and these 22 lines connecting the sephiroth in the Tree of Life by reserving the word ‘paths’ for the former and using the term ‘pathways’ for the connecting lines. Following the Sepher Yetzirah, the 32 paths are usually thought of as including both the sephiroth themselves, as forming the first ten paths, and the 22 letters of the alphabet, forming the remaining paths from the 11th to the 32nd.
The former were piously attributed to Zoroaster, the latter to Orpheus, accepted as a historical ‘theologian’. The Humanists and Neoplatonists had indeed found evidence of a mutual source for their exotic ideas – but they had never been part of an organised religion dating from time immemorial; they had merged in the loose syncretism of the early Roman Empire. A succession of distinguished scholars continued to refine and enlarge the Hermetic Corpus. Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples published an extensive commentary in 1494.
A History of the Occult Tarot by Ronald Decker