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History of the Occult Tarot

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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. Now the cards are used throughout the Western world and not only for fortune telling. For real believers, the cards a ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by International Publishers Marketing (first published November 1st 2002)
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Bill Sweet
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: tarot
Where the preceding book, A Wicked Pack of Cards, enthralled me in spite of its enormous detail, this volume lost me. I started to lose interest during all the detailed accounts of the Golden Dawn, its beliefs and infighting, and I ended up skimming through succeeding accounts of the plethora of mystery schools, societies, and various crackpots and scammers that line the history of 20th century esotericism.

It was only during the biography of the influential Eden Gray that I momentarily got some
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Philebus
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sceptics, card players, historians
This book picks up where A Wicked Pack of Cards leaves off, taking up the story from the end of the 19th century to tell the story of the second hundred years of the occult beliefs surrounding tarot. If anything, the tale of myth making becomes more revealing of the absurdities of occult tarot that had dominated English speakers' perception of the cards. These two books are of great value to sceptics, as understanding the past is essential to taking on the present problems.
David Burkam
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Like its predecessor, this book offers an essential and detailed (if not always reader-friendly) historical account of Tarotism from 1870 through 1970. An important reference book more so than an engrossing read.
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