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Excellent, Serious, Factual Material on the Tarot,
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This review is from: The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for those interested in a seriously researched, non-bogus treatment of the Tarot's history and symbolism. The subject matter is on occult and mystical matters, but the tone and presentation is historically matter-of-fact, NOT another rehash of the same mishmash mystical hokum found in SO many other books. Reading it is like browsing through a well-designed museum exhibit : a very well organized and ordered arrangement of historical facts that puts the Tarot in realistic historical context. Do we know for absolute certain when and where the Tarot started? No. The same way we don't/can't known when precisly when or where anything else started, for that matter. But after reading this book, you'll have a multi-century vista of contextual peoples, places and events that ground the Tarot's symbolism and history to earthly, tactile phenomenon, without necessarily diluting any of its mystical, divinatory impact.