The Tarot

The Tarot

History, Symbolism, and Divination

Book - 2005
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The Tarot is one of the few books that cuts through conventional misperceptions to explore the Tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe-not, as some would suggest, in the far reaches of Egyp-tian antiquity. Mining the Hermetic, alchemical, and Neoplatonic influences behind the evolution of the deck, author Robert M. Place provides a historically grounded and compelling portrait of the Tarot's true origins, without overlooking the deck's mystical dimensions.

Indeed, Place uncommonly weds reliable historiography with a practical understanding of the intuitive help and divinatory guidance that the cards can bring. He presents techniques that offer new and valuable ways to read and interpret the cards. Based on a simple three-card spread, Place's approach can be used by either the seasoned practitioner or the new inquirer.

Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2005
ISBN: 9781585423491
Branch Call Number: 133 .3242 PLA
Characteristics: 321 p. :,ill


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Nov 24, 2009

This is a really great book. I now own the book because I knew I would refer to it many times. The descriptions of the minor arcana of the Rider Tarot are basic, but luckily don't take up a lot of the book. The best part of the book is the author's in depth look into the history of the tarot. I also like how he describes working with the tarot in how the cards interact with one another in a spread. I highly recommend borrowing this book for a good understanding of Tarot history.

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