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The Tarot of the Magicians [Tarot] [Paperback]

Oswald Wirth

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; Reprint edition (28 Nov 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877286566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877286561
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tarot book for the serious student 17 Mar 2010
By Casca - Published on
This book was first published in Paris in 1927, and an English edition did not appear until 1985. Wirth shows deep understanding of the tarot and various esoteric subjects to which it is linked. He starts by looking at tarot card patterns, the Kabbalistic tarot, the astronomical tarot, and notions of symbolism. The major arcana are then elucidated in terms of the initiatory journey. Wirth has a good grasp of the issues involved. A most helpful insight he makes is that the first eleven cards relate to the self mastery developed by the Magus. The last eleven cards relate to the Mystic's path of renunciation. This shows how the two paths are related, and need not be separate as is sometimes claimed. Wirth has a positive view of divination, seeing it as `the education of the imagination.' He gives informative instruction on divination. I do have a proviso about card six. Wirth calls it The Lover, showing a man deciding between two women, Virtue and Sensuality. Paul Foster Case considers the "two paths" interpretation erroneous. I find card six as depicted in the Case and Colman-Waite decks as The Lovers to be more helpful.The man represents the conscious mind and the woman the subconscious mind. It tells us that the way to higher consciousness, symbolized by Raphael, is through the subconscious mind.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An almost forgotten gem 13 Feb 2008
By Mycroft - Published on
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I've been studying metaphysics, the occult & Tarot for 30+ yrs. I missed this book when it was originally published in English. This is a dense packed well thought out book giving the basis for Wirth's deck.... which is elegant. The deck predates Waite's RWS by several years and undoubtedly had an influence on Waite & his deck and groups such as the Golden Dawn & others.

The book goes into each of the 22 trumps as well as what Wirth saw as their Kabbalistic meanings. The deck is one of the bridge decks between TdM & RWS. It is one the decks that explains the path to those wise enough to comprehend it -- and the book explains the deck.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not in depth enough for serious students. 20 Jan 2014
By Jill H. Remington - Published on
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I purchased this book because during my last move I lost the boxes that contained all my mystical literature. I was very disappointed in this book. It did not delve into the deeper mysteries of the Tarot like my other books. For a starter person this might be OK but for a true seeker you can do better.
3.0 out of 5 stars a good book 2 Oct 2013
By suzieQ - Published on
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If you are into learning about the tarot then this book will add to that knowledge. There are many books on this subject to choose from and not all are very informational as some.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 July 2014
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