FREE READ ¼ The Tarot History Symbolism and Divination

FREE READ The Tarot History Symbolism and Divination

FREE READ ¼ The Tarot History Symbolism and Divination ´ The Tarot is one of the few books that cuts through conventional misperceptions to explore the Tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe not as some would suggest in the far reaches of Egyptian antiuity Mining the Hermetic alchemical andThe Tarot is one of the few books that cuts through conventional misperceptions to explore the Tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe not as some would suggest in the far reaches of Egyptian antiuity Mining the Hermetic alchemical and Neoplatoni. I bought this book after meeting the author briefly He told me about how he reads spreads and I was so impressed that I bought his book despite the fact that its immediate appearance did not distinguish it from dozens of other books on tarot I am so glad that I did get this book It fills a gap in my knowledge of the tarot that was bothering me and I hardly even realized it The book goes over the beginnings of the tarot in a clear and comprehensive way The basic origins of the playing cardsminor arcana are covered with their Arabic and perhaps ultimately Chinese origin described and explained The author discusses the general development of the major arcana based on archetypal figures that were common at the time the concept of trumps or triumphs and Neoplatonic ideas He also covers later occult studies and development of the tarot ranging from de Gebelin to Eliphas Levi and then the Golden Dawn In doing so he contextualizes the tarot amongst the influences of hermeticism alchemy and kabalah describing which associations we know to be original which were direct or indirect and which were added later He also goes over each of the major arcana cards in the early decks primarily the Marseille tarot This historical section is fantastic and it is information that whether it is original research or not I have not found to be commonly available elsewhereAfterwards there follows a section on the Waite Smith tarot deck the most common one in use today First the author describes Waite and Smith's short biographies their relationship with the Golden Dawn and then reviews every single one of the cards briefly This section particularly the review of the cards is not so revelatory Finally there is a fairly succinct section on how to read the cards his method of reading three card spreads and a few suggestions of complex spreads that are still based on the three card format along with some sample readings While this section does not go into great depth it is also potentially of great use to a reader looking for new insight and ideasI've given the book four stars instead of five because of the section reviewing the Waite Rider cards The sections on the history of the tarot and on his suggestions for divination with the tarot both deserve five stars


Ding of the intuitive help and divinatory guidance that the cards can bring He presents techniues that offer new and valuable ways to read and interpret the cards Based on a simple three card spread Place's approach can be used by either the seasoned practitioner or the new inuirer. When I was thirteen I had my fortune told through the use of tarot cards The occultist predicted that I would go through great pain in my life but that I would be able to cope with it all and in return grow as a person However the experience has always been a mystery to me What exactly happened during my session When will my predictions come true Should I believe what my reading told me People have always been fascinated by the things they don’t understand The Tarot History Symbolism and Divination by Robert M Place takes one of the mysterious parts of human history and explores the true meaning behind the cards Unlike most books about tarot cards Place delves into the history and meaning behind the deck’s true beginnings but in a manner that kept me reading and held my attention He debunks the common otherworldly myths that surround the tarot and sets the record straight Towards the end of the book Place discusses each card and gives a detailed history and a specific divination meaning for each one With a culture as rich and misunderstood as the tarot this easy to follow nonfiction book opened my eyes to the fascinating and almost magical world of ancient cards As well as informing me on the true nature of tarot it helped me understand my own experience with the cards Anyone with an open mind a passion for magic and an interest in other cultures would find this book to be than enjoyable Robert Place does a beautiful job easing the reader's way into the tarot mindset By reading this book I was finally able to comprehend exactly what happened during my own tarot card reading It inspired me to acuire my own deck of tarot cards and read fortunes daily The Tarot History Symbolism and Divination is not only a good handbook for avid tarot card readers but an eye opener to those who are intrigued by their uniue potential

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The Tarot History Symbolism and DivinationC influences behind the evolution of the deck author Robert M Place provides a historically grounded and compelling portrait of the Tarot's true origins without overlooking the deck's mystical dimensionsIndeed Place uncommonly weds reliable historiography with a practical understan. This book presents some fascinating information most books on the tarot only describe their interpretations of the cards but Place has obviously done considerable research to bolster his claims It's a well informed bookUnfortunately that's all that's going for this one I'm a fast reader but it took me a long time to get through this one It's endlessly repetitive; Place restates his thesis that the tarot is not an ancient text continuously and many other important pieces of his thesis are repeated ad nauseum It may be poor editing there are passages that are close to duplicates of previous passages and one wonders if they were intended to be edited out but that doesn't explain all the repetition Instead I got the impression that Place wanted to be extra sure his readers got it which shows a lack of confidence in his own ability to deliver the message Worse it's almost patronizing to the reader The writing is also stilted or lacks punctuation in many places I wouldn't say the book received a good editing job and this made it difficult to read at times At the end of the book Place describes some of his methods of divining with the cards These were very interesting and I liked how he suggests relying on your intuition rather than so called codified meaning of the cards Clearly he's of the mind that the cards represent archetypes which can be interpreted and not static metaphysical images that can't be argued with like many tarot practitionersUltimately this is a book I'll likely go back to for reference but I wouldn't read it a second time I would recommend it only to those who want some solid research into the history of the tarot and those who have the patience to be patronized