9780312162948

A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot

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ISBN 10: 0312162944 / 0-312-16294-4
ISBN 13: 9780312162948
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

Tarot cards were invented in Italy in the early fifteenth century, and for almost four centuries used exclusively for playing games. In late eighteenth-century France, however, they were purloined from the card-players for fortune-telling and the occult. For a hundred years, the use of Tarot cards for divination, and their interpretation as enshrining an occult meaning, remained all but exclusively confined to France. Professional French fortune-tellers, French exponents and practitioners of magic, and the occasional French charlatan, developed uses for Tarot cards and baseless theories about them which were virtually unknown in other countries. The authors trace this phenomenon through the writings and activities of many advocates of Tarot occultism, including Court de Gebelin, Etteilla, Levi, and Papus, showing how an extraordinary variety of occult theories - from Hermetism to Rosicrucianism, from the Cabala to Freemasonry - was brought to bear on a pack of playing cards.


Review:

" 'A Wicked Pack of Cards,' by three well known authorities on the history of playing cards in general and the Tarot in particular, is the first of two volumes examining the evolution of an ideas: How and Italian deck, used to play a trick-taking game called Tarocco, gradually became the 'only ingredient that has been added, since Renaissance times, to the western esoteric tradition.' This first volume covers the years up till the end of the 19th century, and concentrates entirely on French figures; a second volume will take up the spread of the occult through such groups as the Order of the Golden Dawn and such interpreters as Aleister Crowley--'the Great Beast,' and creator of the Thoth Tarot, a pack suffused with swirling sexual imagery."

Washington Post Book World, 03/30/97

 

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