Pictorial Key to the Tarot

9780766135796: Pictorial Key to the Tarot
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Written by the man himself, A.E. Waite, the creator of the most popular tarot deck in the world the Rider-Waite, illustrated by Pamela Coleman-Smith. Waite gives you his own unique interpretations of the cards, his method of divination using the Celtic Cross and a look behind the veil into the mystery that is tarot. First published in 1910, this version is complete with the original drawings by Pamela Coleman Smith. This book is a must have for the serious student or collector of the Tarot.

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"Arthur Edward Waite (October 2, 1857 - May 19, 1942) was a scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer, R.A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism - viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion." Born in the United States, and raised in England, A.E. Waite joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1891, became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. The Golden Dawn was torn by further internal feuding until Waite's departure in 1914; a year later he formed the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, not to be confused with the Societas Rosicruciana. By that time there existed some half-dozen offshoots from the original Golden Dawn, and as a whole it never recovered." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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