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Tarot, The : A Short Treatise on Reading Cards

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Using the Marseilles Deck, Mathers provides a short discussion of the history of the Tarot.

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This is a revised and expanded edition of the original treatise, a classic text that will be appreciated by anyone interested in the Tarot.

"Eliphas LeŠvi says in his Histoire de la Magie: The absolute hieroglyphical science had for its basis an alphabet of which all the gods were letters, all the letters ideas, all the ideas numbers, and all the numbers perfect signs.

This hieroglyphical alphabet of which Moses made the great secret of his Kabbalah, and which he retook from the Egyptians; for, according to the Sepher Yetzirah, it came from Abraham; this alphabet, we say, is the famous Book of Thoth, suspected by Court de GeŠbelin to be preserved to the present time under the form of that peculiar pack of cards, which is called the Tarot... The ten numbers and twenty-two letters are what are called in the Kabbalah the thirty-two paths of science, and their philosophical description is the subject of that primitive and revered work known as the Sepher Yetzirah, which is still to be found in the collection of Pistorius and others.

The Alphabet of Thoth is the original of our Tarot, only in an altered form. The Tarot which we have is of Jewish origin, and the types of the figures cannot be traced back further than the reign of Charles VI."

Author Mathers, S. L. MacGregor
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 96 pp.
Publisher Samuel Weiser 1993
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