See Sherryl Smith’s review of this book at her site: tarot-heritage.com.
The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing
This is not the usual book on Tarot. Most reference the images of the Rider Waite Pack, first published in England in 1909—little more than 100 years ago—and they use an interpretive system based on teachings of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an English metaphysical school. What has been missing, are books teaching other interpretive traditions.
This book speaks to that need. It focuses on the old common Tarots of Europe, a long tradition of block printed cards that culminated in the iconic deck by Nicolas Conver. This style of cards is known today as “The Tarot de Marseille.” Its images are discussed in detail as to symbolic significance, suits, elemental associations, color, Tarot philosophy, and number symbolism.
Tarot forum participants often ask, “How can I learn to read the Tarot de Marseille? What books should I read?
The answer is: This book. This is the book you should read. It is filled with Marseilles history and symbolic associations, and it teaches an updated version of a relatively simple, historically based method for reading NSP (non-scenic pip) decks; one that is based on grouping the pips in a way that makes rational and intuitive sense. But this book goes further; it introduces a condensed deck that makes the groupings especially easy to learn and remember. See this deck, The Triadic Tarot, on the CARDS page of this website. With or without the new deck, you will finally learn to read non-scenic pips.
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