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This is a complete lie (here is proof)
, February 11, 2012
This review is from: Mirror of the Free (Paperback)
From the product description:
"The images on the Marseille Tarot cards started out as illustrations of Sumero-Bablyonian myths, preserved through the centuries on cylinder seals.:"
Lies #1 and #2. The tarot of Marseilles is not "one deck" but a series of decks that were made in the style of the Marseilles artists. Marseilles was a town in France where the tarot flourished after it was invented in Italy in the 15th century. Cards came to Italy from the Middle East after being invented in China, and THOSE were based on the roll of dice. The numbers of the cards are 21 trumps (the number of combinations of two die rolls) and 56 (the number of three die rolls). The addition of the Fool was "an escape card" in the game of tarot. All of this is verifiable truth any tarot historian will attest.
Now, in 1778, along come Court de Gebelin, who tried to fabricate the lie that the tarot came from Egypt. Unfortunately for him the Rosetta Stone was discovered a few years later (1799), and when translated it destroyed all of his credibility and proved the lie that the tarot pre-dated 15th-century Italy.
ALSO: Where are these jars? Why have they not made the news? Why, three months after the publication of this book, is the entire tarot world not chattering about this "great find"? I read the news daily. I am constantly researching the tarot. I am a member of several mystery schools. There is nothing new that has come out that is even remotely what you claim. Where is your proof?
"They were copied by people who didn't understand them but who also had access to some form, whether written or oral, of the wisdom encoded in those myths and in Bible stories."
Lie #3. The tarot has NOTHING to do with the Bible or Bible stories. In fact the images are a mashing up of Pagan ideology with the images foisted upon humanity by the Christian oligarchy of the time. (Don't take my word for it: Read your history books--it is all there). Additionally, the art varies, as does the number of trumps, in the tarot. Artists from all different provinces changed the art over and over. Then in 1781 de Gebelin misunderstood the images. What was common in 15th century Italy--even to the unwashed, illiterate peasantry, was lost on him. Take "The Hanged Man" card. It was actually "The Traitor" and had nothing to do with the figure four, the number four, or sacrifice. The guy was a jerk and THAT is how they dealt with traitors in that time. Reference: Robert M. Place's "History of the Tarot." Please verify this for yourself.
"...The Kabbalah, long rumoured to be linked to the Tarot, is shown to come from the same sources, and originally had eight, not ten, sefiroth. The visual evidence alone is overwhelming: the mystery of where the Tarot comes from has been definitively solved."
Lies #4 and 5. The Kabbalah was ADDED TO the Tarot by Etteila, the first professional tarot reader, back in 1790. He was trying to trump (upsatge) de Gebelin who tried to tie the number of trumps to the Hebrew alphabet, even though there are only 21 trumps in the tarot, and 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. That idea sank like a stone. Later, Paul Foster Case decided he did not like Arthur Edward Waite's version of the tarot and forced the Kabbalah (whether it fit or not--it was going in there) onto the tarot. He even founded the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA), which is still alive and running today. HE was the champion of the modern belief that the Kabbalah is part and parcel to the tarot. Whether the Kabbalah is right for you, or not, it is NOT connected to the tarot in any way, until you want it to be. (FACT: reference any decent history book, or just study Judaism and look for tarot images in the Talmud. Claiming to be Rabbinical when one is not is almost anti-Semetic. I suggest the author learn his pphilosophy before spreading lies like this in public.
Also, the mystery of the tarot has NOT been solved in this book. The mystery has been solved long ago and it is only the ignorance caused by books like this spreading lies for a quick buck that make the whole world laugh at the tarot because the very lies they preach are so easily destroyed.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. Books like this make me vomit. Thanks for reading.
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