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Symbolism of the Tarot [Paperback]

P.D. Ouspensky
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May 31, 1942 0766104788 978-0766104785 0
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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Text: English, Russian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (May 31, 1942)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766104788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766104785
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,436,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new understanding of the tarot April 7, 2000
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I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a new view of the tarot. It deals with a very occultist point of view, and while there are literally an infinite number of ways to look at the tarot, this book shows you a whole new way. The book states it in a way that I never could, so I'll quote you a passage to let it speak for itself: The Devil: ..."I close the triangle, the other two sides of which are Death and Time. In order to quit this triangle it is necessary to see that it does not exist." I would suggest this little volume for anyone searching for the deeper meaning of the Tarot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarot like you never thought of it October 12, 2000
The pack of 78 cards is a very intriguing one. From its foretelling reputation (various authors claim that the whole ancient knowledge is coded in them) over its abridged playing version of Tarok (22 cards of Arcana Major in altered look plus 32 "normal" cards).They are also discussed by famous occultist Ouspensky.
The presentation is near perfect. He tells us enough to feel the occult meaning of symbols and almost in the same time states that symbolism only remains symbolic as long it is not clearly defined. At that time symbol convert into a character (of alphabet), which loses its original message.
So there is always something hidden in symbolism, that can be interpreted one or another way around. It is up to interpreter, who has the knowledge and experience to understand this symbolism. Not for every mortal, but interesting to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tarot according to Ouspenski December 19, 2009
This book from the Russian-born Ouspensky on the meaning of the images of the Tarot was written early in his career (during which he popularized interest in the occult in the early 20th century with his own ideas -- as in Tertium Organum in 1912 -- and the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff in the posthumous 1949 book In Search of the Miraculous) and uses the Waite-Smith pictorial deck as his basis. Ouspensky's work is always original and this is no exception - a short, interesting glimpse of Tarot symbolism from a unique point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars example November 27, 2007
It is not a statement about symbols. These are his personal pathworkings. If one meditates on a major arcanum, there may also be a path to follow, necessarily different from that of Ouspensky, by virtue of being a different person.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is about 65 pages! It was short, but sweet. February 7, 2012
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I was really enjoying this book--the kindle edition. I was honestly shocked and disappointed when it ended abruptly. I continued pressing the "page forward arrow" several unnecessary times in disbelief.

This is a great read. SYMBOLISM OF THE TAROT is a rich story of the Major Arcana. The book contains NO information on the specific cards of the Minor Arcana.
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