Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Tarot by Alfred Douglas

This classic study of the Tarot examines all aspects of the subject - origins, history, symbolism, meanings of all 78 cards, techniques of divination - including details of how to play the ancient game of Tarocco. But the Tarot, the author tells us, is more than a fortune-telling device or a card game. It is a profound guide to the journey of life, with parallels found in the ancient Mysteries, Gnostic religions, and the writings of C.G. Jung. This book was probably the first to discuss the parallels between the imagery of the Tarot major arcana and Jung's 'process of individuation' - the process of psychic development leading to increasing wholeness over the course of a human life. Alfred Douglas's illuminating text, first published in 1972, is superbly illustrated by David Sheridan's original drawings, plus photographs of rare and historic tarot cards from the British Museum.




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