By Ronald Decker
That the Tarot originated in historic Egypt as a divinatory software is a romantic false impression. Ron Decker’s meticulous scholarship will shock practitioners and lecturers alike, revealing the Tarot’s real evolution and meanings as its inventor(s) understood it.
The Tarot includes the Minor Arcana, 4 matches of playing cards just like our glossy deck, and the main Arcana, twenty-two allegorical or “trump” playing cards. Decker says the four-suit deck used to be invented in Asia Minor sooner than advert one thousand; Italian courtiers extra the trumps within the 1400s. yet Tarot used to be first used as a online game. Tarot divination was once purely created within the 1700s by way of a Parisian fortuneteller who established the trump photographs on Hermeticism, which merges Greco-Egyptian alchemy, astrology, numerology, magic, and mysticism. this present day, the suit-cards are usually traced to the traditional Jewish Cabala. yet, says Decker, they, too, obtained their meanings simply within the 1700s, and he cites a misplaced numerical process according to Cabala at that time
Decker’s interpretation integrates 3 complete systems-astrological, arithmological, mystagogical (concerning initiation rites into the Mysteries). His intensity of information makes the e-book vital for critical scholars of Tarot and esotericism