The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
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The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy

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The new and revised edition of this classic work is now available. Hailed as "a masterpiece" and as "the single most profound reference of its kind." it is the most comprehensive and authoritative text on tarot available today.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Marcus Aurelius Press (first published January 1st 1983)
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Robert Wang designed the Golden Dawn Tarot, and the Jungian Tarot. Although I am not fond of his artwork, The Qabalistic Tarot is a great introduction to the history and philosophy of the Tarot. Unfortunately, laymen tend to think of the Tarot only as a tool for divination, which is really the base aspect of Tarot. Its true worth is to be found as dynamic, symbolic representation of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This book does a wonderful job of introducing the aspirant to this aspect of the Tar...more
Tarot was created in Italy in 15th century as a card game and is still played commonly in Europe as such.

Everything else afterwards, all the occult stuff later added to the tarot, including Qabalah, no matter how fascinating they are, were created out of thin air. The Golden Dawn made their best to put many things together like tarot, Qabalah, I Ching, etc. and create the ultimate esoteric tarot deck filled with occult stuff. This book focuses on the Qabalah part and its link to tarot and to eac...more
An in-depth yet very clear look at how the Hermetic Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, and parts of the Soul is intertwined with Tarot, with exploration into hermetic magic and meditation toward enlightenment. My main focus is the Tarot and Tree of Life portion. A more thorough overview than any other book on the subject I have never read--including the esoteric Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley himself, which was extremely informative yet filled with personal short-hand and therefore not particularly...more
This is a very useful and informative book that shows the utility and ingenuity of mapping Tarot cards to the Qabalistic Tree of Life, as per Western Tradition. For those with a basic grasp of Tarot symbols, this book is a wonderful guide to their inter-relationships as parts of a greater wholistic system or engine. Though the symbols, in essence, speak for themselves, it is useful to have greater context in which to hear them. I learned a lot from this book and find it to be a handy reference w...more
I have owned the 1st paper edition of this book (Samuel Weiser 1987) for over 20 years and I am continually finding new insights into the meanings of the Keys. This is a well thought out, well organized and comprehensive text. Written in an easy-to-read style, you can choose to read it cover-to-cover or use it as a reference when a specific question arises. The author includes several decks. I use the BOTA Paul Foster Case deck, and the Waite-Coleman deck.
Teresa Marie
This book is worth it's weight in gold for the introduction alone. Extremely interesting read which explores the connection between the tarot cards and the Qabalah's Tree of Life.
Pretty great reference resource to have on the shelf. However, by the time I got around to this one, there were books I liked better on the subject.
Jul 22, 2012 M'at added it
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A comprehensive and clearly presented textbook. The best introduction to qabalah and tarot I could have hoped for when I wanted to know both.
Feb 29, 2012 Teleri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The serious student of Qabala & Tarot
Shelves: tarot
THE definitive work on Qabalistic symbolism derived from Golden Dawn & other esoteric orders. For advanced study.
One of my favorite Kaballah and Tarot resources. This book never gets old.
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