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Golden Dawn Tarot Deck

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  • The symbolism of these cards, or perhaps we should say 'emblematic figures', would seem to derive from the Hermetic tradition which is now recognised as underlying the Italian Renaissance of the mid-fifteenth century. It was during this period that the Platonic Academies of the Medici's were set up and Ficino and other scholars began translating texts such as the Corpus Hermeticum and the works of Plato, some of which were brought to the Court of Florence from Constantinople by Gemistus Plethon (c.1355-1450), a Greek scholar who was probably an initiate of a 'Platonic' Mystery School in the East. This reconstruction of hermetic and neoplatonic esotericism is reflected in such ideas as the Muses, the Liberal Arts, the Cardinal Virtues, and the Heavenly Spheres, and it is my view that the Tarocchi of Mantegna should be seen as an 'emblem book' of this hermetic current. The fact that its designs show parallels with the later tarot decks should therefore be of the greatest interest both to students of tarot and of Hermeticism.

    Following Temperance, the Devil represents the first of a set of challenges to determine if in fact the student has absorbed, and is able to practice, the lessons learned in Temperance. The material plane is fraught with temptations to the student of the Tarot. The Devil asks the students questions such as, "How much will you charge for Tarot readings?" "What will you do if you are physically attracted to your clients?" "Can you laugh with the darker side of your own and other’s nature as it is revealed?" The Devil stage engages the student to examine honestly their motivations, desires, and material fantasies that are wrapped around the urge to become a professional reader. In Temperance they removed the barriers to blending the stream of opposites within themselves, and their chosen path. You are only a human reminds the Devil.

  • These pages will give you meanings that are generally agreed on, like the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. They will allow you to discuss the cards with other students of the tarot. As you gain a deeper and better understanding of the cards, however, putting together those cards into words and words into sentences, you will see that the cards can express a great range of meaning, and there will be differing views on those meanings. Like differing ideas of how to pronounce words or what words can mean.

    I will now offer private instruction for the serious student of Tarot. This method will work best to help you achieve the greatest understanding possible of the ancient book of mirrors.

          The Palladini Tarot was created to "bridge the ancient and the future", using elements of Medieval, Egyptian and modern art. It is one of the most popular decks among new students of Tarot. If you would like your own copy of the Palladini Tarot, you can buy it now!

          The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in a game called Triumphs, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination, and popularized by occult societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, but over the centuries it has grown to incorporate everything from Astrology and Kabbalah to Runes (which predate the Tarot by 1000 years) and the I Ching (which predates the Tarot by 2500 years). Today, the Tarot is far and away the most popular tool for spiritual introspection in the West. For more information, read our Introduction to Tarot Readings. If you would like to learn more about the Tarot, check out our store.

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    The Transformational Tarot by Shirley Gotthold has the following Courts - Page, Knight, Queen, King, Teacher-Student, Reformer, Oracle, Sage plus 6 additional Majors.

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    Following the shock of the Tower, the student of the Tarot is gifted once again with a peace of mind and new hope. The lessons of Temperance are finally fully integrated. The extremes of spirit and material are blended in a state of grace whereby an appreciation for the simple things in Tarot practice is what makes it worth continuing along the path. It is the peace of mind that can be achieved in working daily with the Tarot that is its most precious gift. The simplicity of shuffling the cards, observing its symbols, and responding to its messages signify the authentic abundance of the Tarot’s path to enlightenment. The Tarot brings the student peace of mind as an aid to decision-making, as a consultant that is objective, un-invested, honest and fair. Remember the simple things in life, and in your Tarot practice reminds the Star! Have confidence in yourself and the Tarot.

Introduction to the Tarot Card Meanings - Aeclectic Tarot

I come to this book with some understanding of the Tarot symbolism, and a very rudimentary understanding of the Kabbalah. After reading this, I feel like I understand the Kabbalah a little more, and I think if I had come to it with a greater understanding of that, I would have learned more about the Tarot symbolism. And that's what I find most interesting about this book: you could use it as a student of Tarot or a student of Kabbalah to learn about the other.