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Mystical Origins of the Tarot
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Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction: Of Playing Cards and Tarot Decks

The Mamluk Cards
The Creation of the Court Cards
The Naming of the Court Cards
The Creation of the Tarot Trumps
Tarot in the Sixteenth Century
Further Developments

1 The Origin of the Suit Signs

Sufis and the Suit Signs
The Four Cardinal Virtues
The Four Castes of Ancient Persia

2 The Origin of the Trumps

Petrarch's I Trionfi
Medieval Drama
The Four Last Things
The Tale the Trumps Tell

3 Of Cartomancy and the Tarot

The Ancient Art of Sortilege
Egyptian Magic and the Book of Thoth
Etteilla's System
The Kabbala and Eliphas Levi
The Golden Dawn Attributions
Papus and His "Bohemian" Tarot

4 The Meanings of the Trump Cards

The Major Arcana
0 The Fool
I The Juggler
II The Female Pope
III The Empress
IV The Emperor
V The Pope
VI The Lovers
VII The Chariot
VIII Justice
IX The Hermit
X The Wheel of Fortune
XI Fortitude
XII The Hanged Man
XIII Death
XIV Temperance
XV The Devil
XVI The Tower
XVII The Star
XVIII The Moon
XIX The Sun
XX The Judgment
XXI The World

5 The Meanings of the Suit Cards

The Minor Arcana
The Suit of Coins or Pentacles
The Suit of Cups or Chalices
The Suit of Swords
The Suit of Batons or Wands

6 Reading the Tarot

Selecting a Tarot Deck
Getting in Touch with Your Cards
Preparing for Divination
General Rules of Cartomancy
Simple Tarot Spreads
Advanced Cartomancy--Linking the Cards
Complex System
Last Words of Advice

Appendix 1. Historical Tarot Decks

Appendix 2. Where to Buy Your Cards

Appendix 3. Where to See the Originals

About the Illustrations

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Paul Huson has been a student of the tarot for over 40 years. He received initial esoteric training from the Society of the Inner Light in London and he later studied the methods of the Order of the Golden Dawn. He is the author of a number of books, including Mastering Witchcraft, in print for more than 30 years, and The Devil's Picturebook: The Compleat Guide to Tarot Cards. He lives in Los Angeles.

Reviews

"Thirty years ago, at the very start of the modern tarot renaissance, Paul Huson showed us how to uncover the mythical images and truths of the tarot. Now he has returned to incorporate modern scholarship into a visionary new concept for deciphering the mystery of the tarot's origins and meaning." * Rachel Pollack, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot *
"Paul Huson brings to his quest for the origins of tarot the insight of an accomplished practitioner and the scholarship of a dedicated historical detective. The result is a fascinating 'biography' of the tarot images, tracking their shifting forms and attributions from their earliest appearances. Mystical Origins of the Tarot will undoubtedly be a classic in the field of tarot studies." * Robert Moss, author of Conscious Dreaming and Dreamgates and creator of the "Tarot for Dreamer *
"Huson has produced the most enjoyable and fascinating history of the Tarot." * Paul Hughes-Barlow, Supertarot, September 2004 *
"For people interested in traditional cartomacy, this book is the best source we have in English. . ." * Sherryl Smith, American Tarot Association, October 2004 *
". . . a well researched, well written resource that allows [readers] to follow the origins and development of Tarot. . ." * Bonnie Cehovet, World Tarot Network, 2004 *
"If you already have some knowledge of the various cards, and some experience in reading, you will find Huson's scholarly analysis and deconstruction of Tarot mythology invaluable." * Kevin Filan, Mysteries Magazine, Feb-Apr 2006 *
"Mystical Origins of the Tarot is Huson's most solid work to date, and I highly recommend it to all serious students of tarot." * Psyche, Spiral Nature, July 2007 *

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