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 historical past 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 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 heritage describes the various 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 truly is one of many crucial histories of the topic and a key quantity for the libraries of all critical scholars of Tarot.
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Some of the esoteric societies in our survey still exist and still use the Tarot – the story continues. But the phase involving secret teachings has surely run its course. Occultists themselves have become more open and less worried about the popularisation of their ideas. Besides, ideas can scarcely be hidden in a global community that has grown ever more egalitarian and communicative. The last Tarot ‘secrets’ were well on their way to becoming common knowledge when the ‘counter-culture’ appropriated the Tarot in the 1960s.
6. Knapp/Hall Tarot (1929) (Private Collection). 7. The Insight Institute's Tarot appropriated by Richard Gardner (c. 1970) (Private Collection). 8. Oswald Wirth's self-portrait (1889) (Private Collection); Paul Case drawn by Jessie Burns Parke (1931) (Private Collection); David Hoy drawn by Dale Phillips (1971) (Private Collection); Stuart Kaplan drawn by Domenico Balbi (1975) (Private Collection); Bea Nettles photographed in her Mountain Dream Tarot (1975) (Private Collection). 9. E. Waite's first Tarot: originals by Pamela Colman Smith (1910) (reprints, Private Collection).
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A History of the Occult Tarot by Ronald Decker