The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., May 1, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 244 pages
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"American-born British author and master of esoterica ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE (1857 1942) was cocreator of the famous 1910 Rider-Waite Tarot deck, and in 1911, he published what is still an essential guide to unleashing the prognosticatory power of the cards. Discover the history of the tarot, the secret traditions that inform it, and most vitally detailed explanations of each of the cards in the tarot deck and what they signify, including: the High Priestess (and what the scroll in her hand represents) the Lovers (and what mythological couple they evoke) the Wheel of Fortune (and what dangers it implies) the Hanged Man (and the significance of the tree of sacrifice) and all the rest of the cards. Complete with all the illustrations from the original 1911 edition, this information and entertaining work will delight anyone interested in the tarot, in mythological symbology, and everything arcane."
  

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User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

I found this a good reference when first learning to read tarot. While your gut feelings are paramount, this book clearly sets out and describes each card and it's historical placement. I still refer ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lydia - Goodreads

The first 70 pages are tedious and I just skimmed, but the guides to the individual cards are really insightful and interesting. Plus, they give a different view to what I already knew about my cards ... Read full review

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Page 6 - The Magus, Magician, or Juggler, the caster of the dice and mountebank in the world of vulgar trickery. This is the colportage interpretation, and it has the same correspondence with the real symbolical meaning that the use of the Tarot in fortune-telling has with its mystic construction according to the secret science of symbolism...
Page 2 - The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.
Page 2 - Mysteries, in a manner which is not arbitrary and has not been read in. But the wrong symbolical stories have been told concerning it, and the wrong history has been given in every published work which so far has dealt with the subject. "It has been intimated by two or three writers that, at least in respect of the meanings, this is unavoidably the case, because few are acquainted with them, while these few hold by transmission under pledges and cannot betray their trust. "The suggestion is fantastic...

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Arthur Edward Waite (October 2, 1857 - May 19, 1942) was a scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer, R.A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism - viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion.

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