A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot

A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot❴PDF / Epub❵ ☀ A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot Author Ronald Decker – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Historians of art and games trace the origins of Tarot cards to Italy in the early 15th century and follow their gradual transformation from a tool for playing games to a prop for French fortune telli Pack of MOBI · Historians of art and games trace the origins of Tarot cards to A Wicked Kindle - Italy in the early th century and follow their gradual transformation from a Wicked Pack of MOBI í tool for playing games to a prop for French fortune telling and finally Wicked Pack of Cards: The PDF or into a mystical occult system They argue that various figures throughout the centur. A realist's history of tarot Not for the mystic or the wannabe gypsey Wicked Pack of Cards is for the reader who appreciates a detailed history of charlatans confidence men sham academics and other agents of ridiculousness all of whom have had a huge impact on tarot An excellent book detailing the history of tarot cards from the late 18th century when they were first adopted by occultists If you want to understand just how tarot cards gained their occult reputation and why the various myths are very very wrong then this is a good place to start A scholarly history of the evolution of the tarot from the medieval origin of playing cards up until the 20th century The authors go into thorough detail perhaps too much at times chronicling every stage contributor writer source fallacy and misconception Some readers looking for illumination of the mysteries of the occult tarot may feel disappointed by the realist approach but those looking for academic truth and a deeper understanding of the history of the cards will also find it here I don’t believe those two ideas need be mutually exclusive The occult connection is certainly addressed in its historical context but for a full and examination of the purely occult tarot the authors follow up “A History of the Occult Tarot” may be satisfying A great reference on the subject Great informative source for the origins and growth of occult tarot from its inception in late 18th Century France through the early 20th Century there It shows that the numerous overlays from ancient Egyptian secret hieroglyphs Hermeticism Cabbala astrology numerics and that were made up yet taken by many of the time as the truth secretly embedded in the Book of Thoth the ancient TarotI've been fascinated by and have derived some insight from these associations yet have been frustrated at the many contradictory elements between the now many existing systems of these occult associations I see them as nice to know but not to be taken too seriously An interesting history of the occult use of tarot While the scholars behind this research clearly have an agenda revealed in their repeated biased phrases a careful count of the exclamation points use to repudiate the pseudo research offered by the selected French and only French occultist writers they reference reveals this this work does offer some historical evidence that the origins of the tarot are in fact merely playthings for a complicated card game of tricks and not the mysteriously hidden Book of Thoth that some occultist writers suggest it to be By tracking the first print runs of the card deck and tracing that against the context in which each occultist writer wrote the scholars behind his book clearly illustrate that for the selected occultists at least the claims about the tarot's origins could have no foothold in reality or preceding researchhistory An interesting read in some respects This and Paul Huson's The Mystical Origins of the Tarot should be reuired reading for anyone seriously interested in Tarot Whereas Huson's book is a detailed look at the development of the cards and their symbols written from a practitioner's perspective this book is a painstakingly detailed look at the history of the cards seen through lives of the men who discovered its ancient secrets Or rather the men who discovered the 15th century card game and just started making up crap about it on a monumental scaleSome readers complain about the amount of detail but I found it a refreshing alternative to the reams of BS written about how the origins of the cards are shrouded in mystery I found myself chuckling several times at the academically snarky tone and the skewering of the greats of the western occult traditionDefinitely worth the slog In addition to being one of the foremost philosophers today Michael Dummett was first to actually historically research the Tarot deck and determine its origin as an Italian card game with no initial occult significance I wrote a long review of this pedantic yet snarky book on my website hoodoofoundrycomcasting?p891Shorter version great wicked fun until my brain overloaded from centuries old publication data well researched with a bent toward debunking occult myths about the origins of the tarot i uit being in the mood for academic books and got bored of it Brilliant book The pages are filled cover to cover with useful information It is a journey through the birth beginnings and growth of Tarot This one is a definite must read

A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot
  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot
  • Ronald Decker
  • English
  • 21 March 2015
  • 9780312162948