By Ronald Decker
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 vintage card curator Ronald Decker and previous Oxford common sense professor Michael Dummett—examine how the Tarot went from a deck used easily for card video games to being the popular divination device of occultists, a bridge to the spirit international, or even a map of the subconscious brain.
Looking on the humans and agencies 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 background describes a few 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 instances. it's 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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39 It had a hierarchy of nine grades and, being involved in politics, maintained the strictest secrecy. For this purpose, it was divided into small cells, so that each member knew only his colleagues and his immediate superior. It ceased to operate in 1787. A century later, in 1888, there was founded in France the Cabalistic Order of the Rosy Cross, which had no political interests and whose head was the occultist Stanislas de Guaita (1861-97). We shall encounter yet another society that claimed descent from the original Brotherhood; an exhaustive account of all the groups making fictitious claims to descend from that fictitious body would fill many pages.
Greer, Dr Stephan Hoeller, Professor Moshe Idel, K. Frank Jensen, Stuart R. Kaplan, Gareth Knight, Professor Phillip Lucas, Dr Rafal T. Prinke, Susan C. Roberts and Dr Dorothy Wissler. References The full bibliographical reference to a book or article referred to or cited only once in our footnotes is given in the footnote in question. Works mentioned more than once are cited, in footnotes and sometimes in text, by means of the author's name followed by the year of publication. When two publications by the same author appeared in the same year, they are distinguished by a letter added to the year.
The Confessio presents the Brotherhood as advanced in knowledge, protected by God and unobserved by mortals. This was to engender a widespread belief that the Brothers were invisible. 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.