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Mystical Origins of the Tarot: From Ancient Roots to Modern Usage

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A profusely illustrated history of the occult nature of the tarot from its origins in ancient Persia

• Thoroughly examines the original historical source for each tarot card and how the cards’ divinatory meanings evolved from these symbols

• Provides authentic 18th- and 19th-century spreads and divination techniques

• Reveals the divinatory meanings of the cards as understood

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Paperback, 1st edition, 335 pages
Published May 26th 2004 by Destiny Books
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Pixelina
Nov 14, 2012 Pixelina rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on tarot history and with explanation on cards and symbolism. My one reservation is that while the minors are illustrated with both TdM and RWS I am missing Thoth.
Bill Sweet
Jan 10, 2014 Bill Sweet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tarot
In a field full of so many volumes of unmitigated horse crap, it is refreshing to read a book about the Tarot which has a fairly clear-eyed historical approach. No, the playing cards that came to be used by fortune tellers, spiritualists and hokum-peddlers were apparently not written in Egypt, nor by the authors of the Kabbalah, nor reptiles from outer space for that matter. And yet the (apparent) historical truth is just as fascinating.

Nonetheless, if you are so inclined, so mote it be: between
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Liz
Jun 21, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
This book is very concise and well organized. Also, despite the sheer number of names and the amount of history involved, the author has managed to make everything really entertaining and engaging.
David Beaver
May 21, 2014 David Beaver rated it really liked it
How times have moved on... in some ways! When I first began an interest in the Tarot there were only a few reliable books, and the small number of decks created were hard to find. We now have a plethora of both but choosing the good ones isn't easy. Paul Huson's book is definitely in the top league. He's not only passionate and thorough about the tarot's history but a fine writer and artist to boot.

First off, he makes it clear that the origins are not to be found in Ancient Egypt, Atlantis from
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Sandi
Feb 18, 2017 Sandi rated it it was amazing
This takes a look at the decks of the Tarot de Marseille, side by side to the basic images of the Rider Waite Smith deck. Really insightful for comparing and contrasting.
Kerry
May 07, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
This book was packed with information, but for the most part, it was clearly presented and well referenced. I liked how the tarot meanings were itemized by the develop that introduced them. It was also the most usable description of tarot spreads that I have seen.
Gabe
Aug 11, 2013 Gabe rated it it was amazing
a re-read, still pretty good.
Teleri
Feb 29, 2012 Teleri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any serious student of a Wiccan bent.
Shelves: tarot
Everything from Huson is a must read for the serious student, whether about Tarot, craft or herbalism.
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