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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a complete lie (here is proof), February 11, 2012
This review is from: Mirror of the Free (Paperback)
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"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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Initial post: Aug 18, 2012 4:42:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2012 4:59:33 AM PDT
ZOS says:
Books like this make me vomit
cannot handle informations that dont support your world view?you are getting sick by reading books that dont support your personal view??
i have never read such a crappy review,have you really read the book?have you ever really researched on your own or only preferred some "wisdoms" from official esoteric books at walmart and started to copy and paste these axioms?
the bible has nothing to do with the tarot?such things should not be funny!numerology/quabbalah and tarot symbolism are the core of the mindcontrol tool "bible" and the quran and the torah.truth is that there are two halfs of the origins and meaning of the quabbalah:and they reveal todays shadow crowley/eiwaz said "the yews have the half of it" never properly understood by "followers" of the thelemic path and all other "believers" of official monotheistic cults:divide et impera is the modus operandi of the brotherhoods for have never really understood that the secret world of esoteric wisdom is still sealed for the masses due to fundamental errors placed on purpose at the core of official "teachings" (the quabbalah foremost).you are a follower not a researcher.
"caused by books like this spreading lies for a quick buck".the book has been unavailable for years.the first deluxe edition was a extremely limited beauty and the author did not find a publisher.that fact contradicts that he made the book up for quick bucks.furthermore:i received a personal copy on cd due to unavailabilty of the material-for free!
if you think in terms of "truth vs. lies" you should not read books on mysticism,magic and the like.

by the way:i watched your other "highly qualified" reviews and saw that you are the legendary author of such illuminating guides as "How to Get ANY MAN to do ANYTHING You Want!" and "The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot--EVER!!"....who sits in the glass house should not play with books for easy money?
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