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The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages Paperback – June 1, 2006
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Perhaps most importantly, this was the first book that openly published the correct Hebrew letter attributions of each Key-- publicly linking Qabala and Tarot for the first time. Previous books on the subject had either employed blinds or blatant falsehoods to conceal the correct attributions. Publishing these correct Hebrew letter attributions was a bold step, and although it's hard to imagine today, Case's decision to go public with this information was extremely controversial among Occultists at the time.
This book also revealed the Tarot tableau, a pattern for laying out all of the Tarot Keys which reveals certain relationships and dissimilarities between them-- relationships which might not otherwise be apparent to the casual reader. This tableau was used by the American branch of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn when Case was Praemonstrator of that Order, and like the correct Hebrew letter attributions of each Key, it had never been openly published before.
Last, but certainly not least, this was the first published book to reveal ALMOST ALL of the Tarot attributions on the Qabalistic "Cube of Space" diagram. Until the publication of this book, most Occultists had never even heard of the Cube of Space, had no idea what its attributions were, and couldn't have guessed about how it related to the much better-known "Tree of Life" diagram.Read more ›
This book will be useless to any who haven't gotten the basic gist of tarot already. You see, it is simply a combination of the elements and numerology; numerology is, I think, the richer aspect of the two. Once you have a basic understanding of it, this book has the information to refine that understanding. It can also help to introduce you to the Caballah through the Tarot.
If you aren't too used to tarot cards yet, try buying a book that addresses numerology directly, but very straightforwardly--Case is more straightforward than the old guarde of esoterists, but that won't mean much to a newcomer.
Also, some newfangled Tarot decks don't (I believe) really pay all that much attention to numerology. If that is the type of deck you are reading, this book will be useless to you. Some fairly orthodox decks are the Rider/Waite deck, the Golden Dawn Tarot, and the Thoth deck.
Yet another thing: Case comes at it from the Hebrew side, but the Egyptian side is also extremely relevant. I don't know much about astrology, but word is that side is also suitable..especially for a deck such as Thoth, which has astrological symbols all over the place. Case addresses a bit of astrology.
This book has taught me a great deal and continues to do so. It is not for everyone, still I recommend it extremely highly.
Includes astrological, numerological, colour, Hebrew letter, and musical, correspondences.
Deals mainly with the Major Arcana, and although divination is covered, it is not the book's main emphasis.
I've never read a book so full of erudition, wisdom, practical advice, and clear, concise explanation. My copy goes with me wherever I go.
Tarot, published in 1947 is an instant occult classic for students of the interlocking systems of the Invisible Colleges.Read more ›
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I hope to read everything written by Paul Foster Case. A brilliant, spiritual human being, his works are must-reads for those seeking inner wisdom. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MermaidMorrigan
A whole new world is unfolding in my mind creating new pathways and new direction. I wish I would have found this book years and years ago! The tree of life is amazing! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Leisha
This is a valuable refernce book for anyone interested in the Tarot. Must have for your Tarot library.Published 15 months ago by rachel dayton
This book is outstanding, the best reference on the Tarot I've seen. It is straightforward, yet provides a depth of information that can be studied and used to understand the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ellen
this book is great. I would recommend it for anyone studying Tarot.Published 19 months ago by alabama