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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot


BEING FRAGMENTS OF A SECRET TRADITION UNDER THE VEIL OF DIVINATION.

By Arthur Edward Waite

[b. 1857 d. 1942]

WITH 78 PLATES, ILLUSTRATING THE GREATER AND LESSER ARCANA, FROM DESIGNS

By Pamela Colman Smith.

[b. 1878 d. 1951]

London, W. Rider

[1911]

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Although there were many Tarot decks prior to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and many after, none has gripped the popular imagination as much as this set. Waite covers the significance and deeper implications of each card, and gives practical instructions as to how to conduct a reading. The symbolism of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is based on profound occult studies by Waite, and his exposition in this book of its use and meaning is unexcelled. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the Tarot.--J. B. Hare

Preface

It seems rather of necessity than predilection in the sense of apologia that I should put on record in the first place a plain statement of my personal position, as one...

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Introduction

The pathology of the poet says that "the undevout astronomer is mad"; the pathology of the very plain man says that genius is mad; and between these extremes, which...

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Trumps Major - Greater Arcana

1. The Magus, Magician, or juggler, the caster of the dice and mountebank, in the...

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The Four Suits - Lesser Arcana

The resources of interpretation have been lavished, if not exhausted, on the...

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The Tarot in History

Our immediate next concern is to speak of the cards in their history, so...

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The Tarot and Secret Tradition

The Tarot embodies symbolical presentations of universal ideas, behind...

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Trumps Major & Inner Symbolism

Each card of the Greater Arcana explained in full detail...

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Conclusion as to the Major Keys

There has been no attempt in the previous tabulation to present the symbolism in...

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The Lesser Arcana

Otherwise, the Four Suits of Tarot Cards,
will now be described according to...

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Greater Arcana -
Divinatory

Such are the intimations of the Lesser Arcana in respect of divinatory art, the...

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Lesser Arcana - Additional

Some additional meanings of the Lesser Arcana...

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The Recurrence of Cards

The Recurrence of Cards in Dealing - In the Natural Position

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The Art of Divination

We come now to the final and practical part of this division of our subject...

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Ancient Celtic Method

This mode of divination is the most suitable for obtaining an answer to...

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An Alternative Method

Shuffle the entire pack and turn some of the cards round, so as to invert their tops...

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Method By Reading 35 Cards

When the reading is over, according to the scheme set forth in the last method, it may...

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Bibliography -
Chief Works

A Concise Bibliography of the Chief Works Dealing With The Tarot and Its Connexions

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