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"Tarot of the Bohemians, along with the Pictoral Key to the Tarot, constitute the core literature of 19th and early 20th century 'Tarotism'. However, PTK is to the TOB as arithmetic is to differential calculus. If you have no experience reading occult literature of this period, you may find yourself profoundly lost after the first couple of pages, staring at the abundant and profoundly esoteric tables, charts and diagrams, trying to get a clue as to what Papus is talking about. Papus is after a 'Theory of Everything', and finds evidence for it in the Tarot and a set of correspondences with everything from the tetragrammaton to numerology and astrology.
His claim that the Tarot preserves ancient, profound knowledge by way of the Romany/Gypsies (i.e. 'Bohemians') all the way back to Egypt, India and Atlantis is unsubstantiated. There is no evidence of any kind of playing or fortune-telling cards prior to the thirteenth century, either in literature or folklore. Note that playing cards could not have become popular until the introduction of printing in Europe. The Tarot is believed to have originated from an elaborate deck of cards invented in Italy in the fourteenth century. The Romany people probably started to use this deck for cartomancy (fortune telling by cards) about a century thereafter. As Papus notes, all of the early cards depict people dressed in the costume of this period.
Late in the book, Papus condescends to pen a section, in his words, 'for the ladies' (cue Barry White music here), which gives some basic instruction in cartomancy using the Tarot deck. However, this is by far the weakest portion of this book. Papus is at his best when he is spinning elaborate webs of correspondence between the Tarot and the Macrocosm. This book is hard work, but if you master it you will have a profound grasp of the inner life of the Tarot deck. " (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; Preface; Introduction To The Study Of The Tarot; Part I. General Key To The Tarot, Giving The Absolute Key To Occult Science; The Sacred Word Yod-he-vau-he; The Esoterism Of Numbers; Analogy Between The Sacred Word An Numbers; The Key To The Minor Arcan; The Key To The Major Arcana; Connection Between The Major And Minor Arcana; Symbolism In The Tarot; Introduction To The Study Of Symbolism; History Of The Symbolism Of The Tarot. Inquiry Into Its Origin; The Symbolical Tarot; Second Septenary; Third Septenary; General Transition. Arcana 19 To 21; General Summary Of The Symbolical Tarot; Applications Of The Tarot; General Key To The Applications Of The Tarot; The Astronomical Tarot; The Initiative Tarot; The Divine Name In The Tarot; The Kabbalistic Tarot; List Of The Authors Who Have Interested Themselves In The Tarot; The Divining Tarot In Seven Lessons; Application Of The Tarot To Games; Conclusion; Authors And Principal Works Quoted
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About the Author:
"Papus (pseudonym for Gerard-Anaclet-Vincent Encausse) (1865-1916), French physician, magus, and prolific author on occultism, who reconstituted the influential Martinist Order and promoted the Tarot as a repository of ancient esoteric wisdom and means of divination." (Quote from villarevak.org)
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