The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

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Penguin, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 321 pages
9 Reviews

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 Egyp-tian antiquity. Mining the Hermetic, alchemical, and Neoplatonic 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 dimensions.

Indeed, Place uncommonly weds reliable historiography with a practical understanding of the intuitive help and divinatory guidance that the cards can bring. He presents techniques 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 inquirer.

 

  

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Review: The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

User Review  - James - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

User Review  - Allie - Goodreads

fascinating, even if you're not interested in the tarot specifically. Place's research and insights into Neoplatonism and symbolism in early Renaissance art makes this well worth the read. Read full review

Contents

THE HISTORY OF THE TAROT
5
THE MYTHICAL HISTORY OF THE TAROT
29
THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
83
INTERPRETING THE MAJOR AND MINOR ARCANA
127
THE WAITESMITH TAROT
177
HIEROGLYPHS FROM THE SOUL
271
NOTES
299
BIBLIOGRAPHY
305
INDEX
309
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About the author (2005)

Robert M. Place, an internationally recognized artist, illustrator, and teacher, has designed and codesigned some of the most acclaimed Tarot decks of our time, including The Alchemical Tarot and Tarot of the Saints.

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