COMPLETE BOOK OF TAROT
THE HISTORY of the tarot
is as open to speculation and
interpretation as the cards themselves.
From China to Egypt, Spain to the Far
East, the tarot seems to skip across
geographical boundaries as easily as it
does religious and philosophical ones.
"Such (a) history does not in fact
exist, " wrote A. E. Waite in The
Tarot Of The Bohemians. So there.
images on the cards are mainly of Pagan
origin. The Gods of the old became the
devils of the new when Christianity
reared its head and the ancient creeds
and doctrines were banished.
19th century the French Magus Eliphas
Levi connected the 22 cards of the Major
Arcana to the 22 letters of the Hebrew
alphabet and thereby to the 22 paths of
the cabalistic Tree of Life. More
recently, psychologists have followed the
work of Carl Jung in viewing the cards as
representing stages of psychological
who has 'serious' contact with the tarot
would deny that the cards act as an agent
for a Force of some kind whether
external or internal is, like much of
tarot lore, a matter for personal
reader (of the book) is taken on a
'journey', cast in the role of The Fool
(a figure taking a bold step into the
unknown), through the rest of the pack.
The symbolism of each card is described
in detail although the need is emphasised
for the individual to develop personal
associations with each one.
author encourages meditation and even a
mental 'climbing into' the cards, as
though window frames, to converse with
present the esoteric arts to the popular
market well. Fortunately Juliet
Sharman-Burke is one who does. There is
nothing here for the advanced occult
student but plenty for the would-be tarot
reader needing a starting point for