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Mystical Origins of the Tarot : From Ancient Roots to Modern Usage - Paul Huson

Mystical Origins of the Tarot

From Ancient Roots to Modern Usage

Paperback Published: 26th May 2004
ISBN: 9780892811908
Number Of Pages: 352

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A profusely illustrated history of the occult nature of the tarot from its origins in ancient Persia- Thoroughly examines the original historical source for each tarot card and how the cards' divinatory meanings evolved from these symbols- Provides authentic 18th- and 19th-century spreads and divination techniques- Reveals the divinatory meanings of the cards as understood by diviners in the Middle Ages and RenaissanceThe origins of the tarot have been lost in the mists of time. Most scholars have guessed that its origins were in China, Egypt, or India. In "Mystical Origins of the Tarot," Paul Huson has expertly tracked each symbol of the Minor Arcana to roots in ancient Persia and the Major Arcana Trump card images to the medieval world of mystery, miracle, and morality plays. A number of tarot historians have questioned the use of the tarot as a divination tool prior to the 18th century. But the author demonstrates that the symbolic meanings of the Major Arcana were evident from the time they were first employed in the mid-15th century in the popular divination practice of sortilege. He also reveals how the identities of the court cards in the Minor Arcana were derived from a blend of pagan and medieval sources that strongly influenced their interpretation in tarot divination."Mystical Origins of the Tarot" provides a thorough examination of the original historical source for each card and how the cards' divinatory meanings evolved from these symbols. Huson also provides concise and practical card-reading methods designed by the cartomancers of the 18th and 19th centuries and reveals the origins of the card interpretations promoted by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and A. E. Waite.

Industry Reviews

"For people interested in traditional cartomacy, this book is the best source we have in English. . ." * Sherryl Smith, American Tarot Association, October 2004 *
". . . a well researched, well written resource that allows [readers] to follow the origins and development of Tarot. . ." * Bonnie Cehovet, World Tarot Network, 2004 *
"If you already have some knowledge of the various cards, and some experience in reading, you will find Huson's scholarly analysis and deconstruction of Tarot mythology invaluable." * Kevin Filan, Mysteries Magazine, Feb-Apr 2006 *
"Mystical Origins of the Tarot is Huson's most solid work to date, and I highly recommend it to all serious students of tarot." * Psyche, Spiral Nature, July 2007 *
"Thirty years ago, at the very start of the modern tarot renaissance, Paul Huson showed us how to uncover the mythical images and truths of the tarot. Now he has returned to incorporate modern scholarship into a visionary new concept for deciphering the mystery of the tarot's origins and meaning." * Rachel Pollack, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot *
"Paul Huson brings to his quest for the origins of tarot the insight of an accomplished practitioner and the scholarship of a dedicated historical detective. The result is a fascinating `biography' of the tarot images, tracking their shifting forms and attributions from their earliest appearances. Mystical Origins of the Tarot will undoubtedly be a classic in the field of tarot studies." * Robert Moss, author of Conscious Dreaming and Dreamgates and creator of the "Tarot for Dreamer *
"Huson has produced the most enjoyable and fascinating history of the Tarot." * Paul Hughes-Barlow, Supertarot, September 2004 *

Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: Of Playing Cards and Tarot Decks The Mamluk Cards The Creation of the Court Cards The Naming of the Court Cards The Creation of the Tarot Trumps Tarot in the Sixteenth Century Further Developments 1 The Origin of the Suit Signs Sufis and the Suit Signs The Four Cardinal Virtues The Four Castes of Ancient Persia 2 The Origin of the Trumps Petrarch's I Trionfi Medieval Drama The Four Last Things The Tale the Trumps Tell 3 Of Cartomancy and the Tarot The Ancient Art of Sortilege Egyptian Magic and the Book of Thoth Etteilla's System The Kabbala and Eliphas Levi The Golden Dawn Attributions Papus and His "Bohemian" Tarot 4 The Meanings of the Trump Cards The Major Arcana 0 The Fool I The Juggler II The Female Pope III The Empress IV The Emperor V The Pope VI The Lovers VII The Chariot VIII Justice IX The Hermit X The Wheel of Fortune XI Fortitude XII The Hanged Man XIII Death XIV Temperance XV The Devil XVI The Tower XVII The Star XVIII The Moon XIX The Sun XX The Judgment XXI The World 5 The Meanings of the Suit Cards The Minor Arcana The Suit of Coins or Pentacles The Suit of Cups or Chalices The Suit of Swords The Suit of Batons or Wands 6 Reading the Tarot Selecting a Tarot Deck Getting in Touch with Your Cards Preparing for Divination General Rules of Cartomancy Simple Tarot Spreads Advanced Cartomancy--Linking the Cards Complex System Last Words of Advice Appendix 1. Historical Tarot Decks Appendix 2. Where to Buy Your Cards Appendix 3. Where to See the Originals About the Illustrations Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780892811908
ISBN-10: 0892811900
Series: No
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th May 2004
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.45