A History of the Occult Tarot by Ronald Decker PDF

By Ronald Decker

ISBN-10: 1468308599

ISBN-13: 9781468308594

First released in 2002, hugely wanted, and eventually to be had 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 past due 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 well-liked divination instrument of occultists, a bridge to the spirit global, or even a map of the subconscious brain.                  

Looking on the humans and enterprises 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 heritage describes a number of the attention-grabbing decks utilized by occultists in addition to the key histories of magical and occult teams of the overdue nineteenth century via modern instances. it truly 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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First released in 2002, hugely wanted, and at last to be had back, A background of the Occult Tarot is the vintage paintings at the historical past 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 well-liked divination instrument of occultists, a bridge to the spirit international, or even a map of the subconscious brain.

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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. The Brotherhood was to remain secret for a hundred years. R. was buried; although the sun did not shine in it, it was lit by another sun in the centre of the ceiling. ’s body, discovered under the altar, was found to be incorrupt; an inscription gave it as having been hidden for 120 years.

This is attributed to the ‘praiseworthy Order of the Rosy Cross’ and said to have been ‘written for all the scholars and princes of Europe’. , 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.

Nevertheless, the Confessio continues, the Brotherhood is to be divided into degrees, so that even some of the unlearned may be able to belong. The year of the founder's birth is now given as 1378; he is stated to have lived to the age of 106, and hence until 1484. Since the Fama had described his tomb as being discovered 120 years after his death, this would date the event to 1604. The Brothers of the Rosy Cross end by acknowledging themselves ‘truly and sincerely to profess Christ, condemn the Pope, addict themselves to the true philosophy, and daily call, entreat and invite many more into our Brotherhood’.

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