Origins of the Tarot: Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality
Conventional wisdom traces Tarot cards to medieval Italy, but their roots go back much further in time and draw on a surprisingly rich variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. Combining pioneering scholarship with practical spiritual instruction, Origins of the Tarot is the first book to unveil the full range of the ancient streams of wisdom from which the Tarot emerged.The timeless principles of conscious realization and cosmological unfoldment underlying the Tarot have never been explored in a comparably extensive and detailed way: herein the teachings of a tremendous range of traditions, including Kabbalah, Western esotericism and alchemy, Buddhism, Taoism, yogic disciplines, Sufism, mystical Christianity, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism, are masterfully incorporated and synthesized.Author Dai Léon explores a confluence of philosophical schools from East and West as they relate to the Tarot, giving each its due in the exposition of a universal procession of evolution and the soul’s quest for enlightenment. In the process, the Tarot is seen as a unique exemplification of perennial teachings on the soul and its liberation, as well as a still-unfolding window into concealed currents of human history. The book’s profound learning and unprecedented range of references are sure to attract close study among students both of the world’s most enduring esoteric tradition and of esotericism itself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jon_clarke - LibraryThing
This book is neither a New Age book nor an atheistic 'history of playing cards' book. "Origins of the Tarot" brings to light the extensive scholarly work done in the past generation regarding ... Read full review
By far, the best book on the original Tarot ...User Review - M. Stevens - Borders
Anyone who is wondering where the Tarot system of 22 picture cards originally came from would do well to read, or at least browse, this book. I haven't seen anything like it before. The author ... Read full review