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The Tarot Paperback – 31 Jan 1974

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Product details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (31 Jan. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140037373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140037371
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most objective, direct, and clearly written book to date on the complex subject of the Tarot" --Library Journal, April 1972 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'The Tarot: the origins, meaning and uses of the cards'
by Alfred Douglas, has been revised and republished by us after being out
of print for a decade. It accompanies the Sheridan Douglas Tarot deck,
which is also once more available after an absence of 25 years.

New Sheridan Douglas ISBN for this title: 9780955373817 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Alfred Douglas' interest in things esoteric began whilst he was still at school in the 1950s. He became a member of a teaching order in the western magical tradition where Douglas pursued his Tarot studies, inviting his partner's son, David Sheridan, to design a Tarot deck to illustrate his book. More recently, in 2007, Douglas' classic work on the Tarot was relaunched, along with the Tarot deck itself. The author's intention in writing this book is not stated in so many words apart from it's actual title - it is a book which is presenting standard information on the Tarot i.e. it's origins, meaning and uses. Sheridan's deck used for illustration purposes throughout the book is shown in black and white, whilst the coloured version is actually very highly and beautifully coloured, well worth a look. Douglas begins with an examination of some of the theories of playing card origins, including China, Korea, India and France, following this up with some discussion about the Tarot's origins. Possibilities suggested are the Knights Templar, a connection with the Qabalah, and Egypt. He then goes on to look at how the original playing cards and the Tarot's Major Arcana may have been joined together to become one deck. The author's natural progression leads him to then look at the possible symbol sources of the Major Arcana with emphasis on the medieval Renaissance movement; the Gnostic religious sects; and Celtic, Norse, Christian and Islamic imagery. For the Minor Arcana, he states that the suits are possibly related to and deriving from the four main divisions of European society; the four Grail Hallows; and the Four Treasure of Ireland, rounding off the chapter by pointing out that much of this is based on speculation and supposition rather than hard-and-fast facts.Read more ›
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When I wanted to learn about the Tarot this is the book that I read because of the authors reputation. The book is informative, well researched, clearly written, well structured and beautifully illustrated
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Great book well worth the price in good condition and delivered stated
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