By Ronald Decker
First released in 2002, hugely wanted, and at last 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 overdue nineteenth century, the authors—art historian and old card curator Ronald Decker and previous Oxford good judgment professor Michael Dummett—examine how the Tarot went from a deck used easily for card video games to being the popular divination instrument of occultists, a bridge to the spirit international, or even a map of the subconscious brain.
Looking on the humans and organisations 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 number of the interesting decks utilized by occultists in addition to the key histories of magical and occult teams of the past due nineteenth century via modern occasions. it really is one of many crucial histories of the topic and a key quantity for the libraries of all severe scholars of Tarot.
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Does not appear in either the Fama or the Confessio, but is always taken as being Christian Rosencreutz (or Rosenkreuz). It appears in this form in a work by Johann Valentin Andreae (1586-1654), The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz,36 published anonymously in 1616. This book is assumed by many, including Frances Yates,37 to have been of Rosicrucian authorship; the two manifestos are often credited to Andreae. M. 38 The intention behind the manifestos is obscure. They retailed no new ideas; only the material they accompanied, filched from disparate sources, Boccalini and Dee, had anything substantive to tell the readers.
The originator of this idea was Éliphas Lévi (1810-75), the first modern synthesiser of Western occultism. In the second half of the XIX century, the influence of the French Tarotists reached England and the United States. Both countries were seeing an upsurge in a wide variety of clubs and fraternities, including secret societies with occult curricula. The most influential Tarotists were those in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The founders synthesised a wide range of Western magic and designed a Tarot that reflected this comprehensive approach.
Or C. Ros. , after he had lived long in the East, where he had learned many secrets from the wise men in Damascus and from the ‘Elementary inhabitants’ of Fez, and had translated ‘the Book M’ from Arabic into Latin. This book is said to have inspired Theophrastus (Paracelsus), although he was not himself a Rosicrucian. At first, the Brotherhood consisted of only four men, referred to solely by initials, who devised a magical language and a dictionary for it; but later it expanded to eight members, all sworn to chastity and charity.
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