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By Ronald Decker

ISBN-10: 1468308599

ISBN-13: 9781468308594

First released in 2002, hugely wanted, and eventually on hand back, A History of the Occult Tarot is the vintage paintings at the heritage of the Tarot deck and its makes use of in occult circles. beginning with the overdue 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 software of occultists, a bridge to the spirit global, or even a map of the subconscious brain.                  

Looking on the humans and businesses 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 some of the attention-grabbing 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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Forerunners of spiritualism: Swedenborg Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was born in Stockholm. He was the second son of Jesper Swedberg, a pietist who later became a Lutheran bishop. When Jesper was ennobled in 1719, he and his family assumed the name Swedenborg. Emanuel was an excellent craftsman, linguist and scholar. He earned a degree at the University of Uppsala, then travelled widely for his further studies of science and technology. He conceived advances in mining, transport, navigation, weaponry and clockwork.

Genesis 2:24). The sephiroth are viewed also as a tree, especially the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. The Bahir describes its tree as springing from the second-highest sephira and growing upside down, enmeshing sephiroth all the way to the tenth. Rabbi Isaac the Blind (1160-1236), an influential Cabalist in Provence, wrote a commentary on the Sepher Yetzirah. He alludes to the roots and branches of the mystical tree. He modifies the names for some of the sephiroth, the seven lower ones – those beneath the supernal triad – being associated with the key terms in a biblical passage (I Chronicles, 29:11-13).

In 1486, the Italian syncretist Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-94) studied Cabalistic texts translated for him by Samuel ben Nissim Abulfaraj, also called Raymondo Moncada, a Jewish convert to Christianity. Among humanist scholars, he became ‘Flavius Mithridates’, well known as a teacher of oriental languages and a translator of Greek and Hebrew. Pico, like his friend Ficino, was attracted to the idea of the prisca theologia. Now the Cabala joined the mix with the ancient esoterica preserved in Greek.

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