About the History of Tarot (1400-2000)
The quick reference guide to a continuing series . . .
For quite a while, I’ve been publishing text adapted from the first two chapters of my book The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore. The segments have come out at odd times, though, with other stories in between.
So now that Part One is almost complete, I thought it would be nice to have an easy way to read through the whole thing. If you’d like to do that, here’s your itinerary!
What we know about Tarot’s earliest origins
From miniature masterpieces to a “modern” model
Some early philosophical and cultural backgrounds
Court de Gebelin — and how the Tarot cards were mistaken for a book of ancient wisdom
Etteilla, “Gypsies,” and the dawn of Tarot divination
From ancient mysteries to magickal mysticism . . .
From magickal theories to secret societies . . .
Creation and deconstruction of the Golden Dawn . . .
Aftermath—and the birth of two influential new decks . . .
Grail myth and Fourth-Way mysticism—with a glimpse of physics and poetry . . .
Tarot travels to the City of Angels . . .
There’s one more installment yet to come, covering the period from 1950 to 2000. This will be a considerable expansion/revision!