The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah

Ronald Decker


That the Tarot originated in historic Egypt as a divinatory software is a romantic false impression. Ron Decker's meticulous scholarship will shock practitioners and lecturers alike, revealing the Tarot's precise evolution and meanings as its inventor(s) understood it.

The Tarot includes the Minor Arcana, 4 matches of playing cards just like our glossy deck, and the main Arcana, twenty-two allegorical or "trump" playing cards. Decker says the four-suit deck used to be invented in Asia Minor sooner than advert one thousand; Italian courtiers extra the trumps within the 1400s. yet Tarot was once first used as a online game. Tarot divination used to be in basic terms created within the 1700s via a Parisian fortuneteller who dependent the trump photos on Hermeticism, which merges Greco-Egyptian alchemy, astrology, numerology, magic, and mysticism. this present day, the suit-cards are frequently traced to the traditional Jewish Cabala. yet, says Decker, they, too, bought their meanings in basic terms within the 1700s, and he cites a misplaced numerical approach according to Cabala at that time

Decker's interpretation integrates 3 entire systems-astrological, arithmological, mystagogical (concerning initiation rites into the Mysteries). His intensity of information makes the publication a must have for critical scholars of Tarot and esotericism

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