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The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore

The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore

The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore

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With more than 40 illustrations and an entertaining informative text, this elegantly designed book captures the scope, powers, and romance of the Tarot throughout the ages. “Excellently researched, entertainingly and compellingly written”. -Booklist.

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2 comments on “The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore

  1. 27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A good overview of Tarotology, November 25, 1998
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore (Paperback)

    If you want to learn how to read the Tarot, this book isn’t going to help you much. But if you want an introduction into the history and theory of the Tarot, this may be the book you want. Giles’ history is refreshingly skeptical, compared to most Tarot introductions I’ve seen; the discussions of the development of the Tarot ties it in to broader esoteric traditions. I have to confess that I was unconvinced by her attempt to link Tarot to quantum physics. One of the big pluses of the book is a lengthy annotated bibliography of books on the Tarot, which gives you enough information to make an educated guess as to which books would give you what you need. (There’s are also several reading lists scattered throughout the book on various fascinating subjects.) There’s also a bibliography of decks, which is helpful but could be more detailed. This book is more an introduction to learning about the Tarot than a book about the Tarot itself; if you want to read only one book, this may not be it. (I’d recommend “Tarot as a Way of Life,” by Karen Hamaker-Zondag.) But if you are thinking about reading several books on the subject, this would be a great place to start.

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  2. 20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent intro to the tarot, but not it’s use., September 28, 2000
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    This review is from: The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore (Paperback)

    This book makes an excellent reading about tarot – it’s very readable, and it approaches the subject in a sensible way.

    The first four chapters deal with the history of tarot, which is presented in a based manner (= based on what historians can tell about tarot) rather than in a romanticezed manner (= based on wild fantasies, e.g. about the tarot originating in egypt).

    The next four chapters describe the “mystery” of tarot – it’s relationships with such subjects as alchemy, kabbala, chakras, etc. Included is an explanation of why does tarot works based on quantum physics, which I personally dont like – it sounds too much like psuedo-scientific mumbo-jumbo.

    The last part deals with tarot lore – a part that lists various types of decks, which is nice for somebody who wants to find a deck to her taste, an excellent list of books about tarot, and a dozen tarot ideas which is recreational if nothing else.

    All in all, I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in tarot. It’s 97% gold, 3% tin, and a gem in a time where tarot is misunderstood by many.

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