on 31 July 2010
This is just a short heads up for those who are looking to study the Tarot from an alchemical point of view. Divided into chapters which include 'What Alchemy really is', 'The First Matter', 'The Three Principles', 'Fire', 'Water' and 'The Alchemical Process'.
Case explains his chapter on 'The Alchemical Process' using the Major Arcana of the Tarot Keys :)
This book is an expanded version of Case's 'Esoteric Keys to Alchemy'
on 1 April 2011
Paul Foster Cases writing here on the subject of Alchemy presents the subject in a easily understood manner exploring mainly the spiritual aspects of the alchemical symbols (not so much the laboratory aspects). A particularly good book to read to help navigate ones understanding through the various jumble of medieval alchemical books and symbols. Case takes various topics in sequence and elaborates upon them making reference to alchemical authors and commentators such as (Ripley, Waite, Levi etc). Sometimes upon reading it I felt that case was holding back some information and hinting more at the symbolism - perhaps more in an effort for the reader to discover more for themselves. At one point case remarks 'Men have spent whole fortunes just to know what you have learned here in these pages' - and I definately believe this is true.
The second part of the book focusses upon the link between the Tarot images and the alchemical images and processes particular the zodiacal sequence of alchemical operations. This is a must for students of the tarot (who are interested in more than a superficial 'fortune teller' approach - here case reveals symbolism from alchemy incorporated by Waite (for it is the Waite and bota expanded decks he refers to)into the Tarot decks. For students of the tarot it will reveal a whole additional deeper level to understanding the tarot images.
Definately a book to be read more than once for full illumination - a highly recommended purchase for anyone with at least the slightest interest in spiritual alchemy or tarot.