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 Are A Key To Secret Knowledge Of The Meaning Of Life Practiced By Secret Groups Such As The Order Of The Golden Dawn, By Magi Such As Aleister Crowley The Great Beast, And By Psychics Such As Dion Fortune, The Occult Interpretation Of The Tarot Pack Is A Worldwide Phenomenon With Countless Devotees The Roots Of The Whole Modern Tarot Mystique Lie In Theories Propagated By The Occultists Studied In This Fascinating History Tarot Occultism Is A Significant Part Of Modern Social History The First Part Of The Story Was Told In A Wicked Pack Of Cards, Which Traced Its Origins In France In The History Of The Occult Tarot The Authors Bring The Story Up To Date, Following Its Progress In Other Countries, Especially Britain And The United States. 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 interest back, but that seemed too little too late.I think the authors are burdened with too much history, and a desire to be complete Problem is, catalogues are not fun
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 my
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 so than an engrossing read.
- 320 pages
- History of the Occult Tarot
- Ronald Decker
- 09 March 2018 Ronald Decker