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The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

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"That the Tarot originated in ancient Egypt as a divinatory tool is a romantic misconception. Ron Decker s meticulous scholarship will surprise practitioners and academics alike, revealing the Tarot s true evolution and meanings as its inventor(s) understood it. The Tarot consists of the Minor Arcana, four suits of cards similar to our modern deck, and the Major Arcana, twenty-two allegorical or trump cards. Decker says the four-suit deck was invented in Asia Minor before AD 1000; Italian courtiers added the trumps in the 1400s. But Tarot was first used as a game. Tarot divination was only created in the 1700s by a Parisian fortuneteller who based the trump images on Hermeticism, which merges Greco-Egyptian alchemy, astrology, numerology, magic, and mysticism. Today, the suit-cards are often traced to the ancient Jewish Cabala. But, says Decker, they, too, acquired their meanings only in the 1700s, and he cites a lost numerical system based on Cabala at that time. Decker s interpretation integrates three whole systems-astrological, arithmological, mystagogical (concerning initiation rites into the Mysteries). His depth of knowledge makes the book a must-have for serious students of Tarot and esotericism."

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ISBN 9780835609081
Autograph No
Pages 312
Author Ronald Decker 
Publisher Quest Books,U.S
Publication date 1 Jan 1970
Format N/A
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