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Conventional wisdom traces Tarot cards to medieval Italy, but their roots go back much further in time and draw on a surprisingly rich variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. Combining pioneering scholarship with practical spiritual instruction, Origins of the Tarot is the first book to unveil the full range of the ancient streams of wisdom from which the Tarot emerg...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Frog Books (first published September 23rd 2008)
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Jon Clarke
Not for the offhand tarot reader, that's for sure. This is a serious book on what is called perennial wisdom or primordial tradition. It is scholarly and the best book to read if you wish to understand the authentic philosophical meanings of the tarot cards.
Alexandra
This is not for people with casual interests in esoterica or tarot.

But getting beyond that, if you ARE very interested in these topics, this book is for you. It is jam packed full of historical anecdotes and information. It fills in all the usual holes people have regarding the tarot, mostly because it is the first book to come along to address many of these issues/questions. Most books on tarot will merely conjecture or throw out a plethora of common theories. This book actually takes a stance...more
David Leroy
This book is very interesting, and I have learned a lot about Tarot cards which I had never known, thought of knowing, or considered in the past. My only criticism is that the book becomes at times difficult to follow as the analysis goes on for pages upon pages. I think it is a very serious work, but it is not easy to read, and I have an education in philosophy.
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