For those who are new to the world of astrology, you may be wondering how your personal horoscope can have such a profound impact on your life. The answer lies in the fact that we are all a product of our past and its experiences, which together build the foundation of our lives. The choices we make today have the potential to affect the future of our lives, and astrology is the only way to truly understand our past, present and future.
Tarot is a divination tool that has been around for thousands of years, it is one of the oldest forms of divination still in use today. But what exactly is a Tarot? In a nutshell it is a deck of cards that can be read similar to a fortune cookie. But do not be fooled! While the cards are the same, their meanings are not. Tarot is used to tell stories, it tells the history of the people who have been playing cards. But the real reason this is being written is because of the power of Tarot. It is the only tool that can truly see the future, because it is based on the cosmic energy.
Maps: The Evolution and Power of the Tarot by Professor Patrick Mayll was published earlier this year by the University of Mississippi Press. If you have books on your shelf like History of the Occult Tarot by Decker and Dummett or Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism and Neoplatonism by Robert M. Place and Jung and Tarot by Sally Nichols, the cards were written for you.
The book is divided into two main parts: The first part is a chronology of the origins and history of the Tarot, as well as an overview of the historically or culturally significant people who have influenced the world of the Tarot, and the second part deals with the Tarot’s influence on art and culture.
While the practice of tarot reading may not be as widespread as other aspects of popular mass culture, Maill makes it clear that tarot cards have served as a powerful engine of progress in almost every major aspect of culture – art, music, television, and film. Specifically, Meill focuses his book on four key areas where tarot has had an impact: Art, television, film and comics.
The introductory chapter defines many terms used in the text, such as. B. Esotericism, gnosis, occultism, the concept of popular culture, etc. Maill’s research and commentary on the Tarot is based on the belief that while the Tarot does not necessarily possess supernatural powers, it serves as a powerful psychological trigger for reflection and contemplation.
We begin with the history of tarot cards. The Italian Tarocchi first appeared around 1400, probably their own version of earlier Islamic playing card concepts they had borrowed. Although Maill claims that Tarokki is a unique game, entirely different (and the game itself) from the Islamic or Chinese games from which he drew inspiration, I’m not so sure. After reading a few tutorials on the Tarokki game, I got the impression that it was actually a close derivative of Mahjong and many other Chinese card games that I know well.
Not to mention the Islamic card games that are directly descended from the Tarot. The rest of the historical record is phenomenal. I enjoyed reading about the context of the cultural contacts that made the invention of the Tarot possible, the Visconti-Sforza deck of the Renaissance illustrated by Bonifazio Bembo, and how the numerical sequence of the keys of the 22 trumps is based on the signs of the procession. The tarot illustrations on Trump are also based on Dante’s Inferno.
Sola-Busca, which appeared around 1491, a year before Columbus. Nicola di Maestro Antonio painted this iconic terrace somewhere in northern Italy. He made a series of prints so that line drawings of the bridge could be printed. The artist then drew the lines to create a colorful game. Then we look at the transformation of the Tarot as the Hermetic tradition developed in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Age of Enlightenment (or Age of Reason) was a turning point for Tarot. Antoine Corte de Gebelin claimed that the Tarot playing cards were coded, that they contained secret passages of occult knowledge from the heritage of the Egyptian magicians, and that the cards
themselves were leaves from the Book of Thoth.
In the 19th century. In the twentieth century there is a renewed interest in the religions and myths of antiquity. Helena Blavatsky claimed that the Tarot came from ancient Babylonian sources. Two of Blavatsky’s colleagues in the Theosophical Society, Macgregor Mathers and William Wynne Westcott, broke with her and founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which has had the most formative influence on the occult traditions of the Tarot.
Maill’s account of how the iconic tarot deck of A. E. Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith came to be is fascinating to read, and anyone interested in tarot should buy this book. It will enrich your understanding and perception of the Tarot. The book also covers the biography of Aleister Crowley and the creation of the Thoth Tarot with Lady Frida Harris.
The author draws on his academic knowledge of the history of magic. It evokes the contrast between the learned men who researched alchemy and were the elite in the practice and tradition of hermetic magic, and the wise women of the late Middle Ages who were adept at herbal magic and lifting curses. Magic in popular culture and magic in elite society have often taken two different paths, Maile writes.
The New Age movement may have originated in the 1930s with Alice Bailey, but in the 1960s and 1970s it developed in the minds of the general public. In each case, Meill links events in the social and political climate of the time with the development of tarot and magical traditions. The treatise takes us on a journey through the Tarot as it was popularized by Eden Gray, then Mary Greer and Rachel Pollack, culminating in the revival of the Tarot that began around 1969. I was surprised and honored to learn about myself and the evolution of Tarot in the 21st century. A century to read! Wen is one of the best examples of 21st century tarot readers who draw on the oldest traditions associated with cards. … If Benebell Wen can be considered representative of the current best generation of Tarot scholars, the Tarot culture itself seems to be aware of a solid foundation capable of projecting growth well into the near future. *This will not affect the objectivity of my book review…. no sir….. For the record: Even before I read the passages that appealed to me, I was very intrigued by this book. The references were a real shock and surprise to me.
After going through the chronology of the Tarot’s development, we move on to the Tarot community in American culture. The discussion begins with an undercover police officer coming to Z. Budapest for a tarot discussion in 1975, then the arrest of a feminist and a wiccan for the crime of divination. The case went all the way to the California Supreme Court, and Budapest eventually won. There’s another amazing case of a tarot reader saving the day with the cards that I’ve vaguely heard of before, but I really appreciate the whole story here. In 2015, psychic Jane Braden performed a reading where the Court and Devil cards were drawn, after which a client, Star Randall-Hanson, confessed to a murder. Braden called police, but because she said she was at a tarot card parlor, the case was treated as a non-priority. Meanwhile, Braden continues to extract information from Randall-Hanson and even finds out the location of the body.
I have yet to read a book that talks about the evolution of the tarot community, both that which has formed within tarot associations and conferences and that which has formed online through social media. The cover is fascinating, especially for someone who has an inside view of some of the tarot dramas in organizations and management that the author may not have experienced. This is a beautiful dedication to the late Stuart Kaplan, telling how this graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania applied his entrepreneurial spirit to tarot and forever changed the tarot business in the United States, if not the world.
Part II begins with a discussion of tarot as a minor or major art form. Because tarot decks are mass-produced, designed for functional use, are craft rather than art, and are formulaic, tarot illustrations are often considered less important art. Meill then takes the reader through the appearance of tarot in the entertainment industry, both in film and television, from the depiction of tarot cards in the 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows and The Andy Griffith Show to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena the Warrior Princess, The Simpsons, and Penny Dreadful, just to name a few of the many pieces covered in this text. Meill devotes an entire chapter to the tarot and the comic book, as well as to the rise of the tarot in comics, and describes the work of Rachel Pollack and Neil Gaiman on this crossover.
The Book of Cards is an accessible book that will take no more than a weekend to complete, while at the same time offering invaluable academic knowledge about the Tarot, thanks to the meticulous research Maille has done for this book. There is so much to learn in these pages, I can’t imagine a tarot enthusiast who wouldn’t buy this book for their personal library. I came across a negative review of this book that made me laugh out loud. Why this negative criticism? The reviewer was upset that this book does not give the meaning of the cards or teach the layout of the cards. Friend… Friend… Read the description of the book before you click buy.
So, yes, let me clarify that for you, the reader of this review, so there is no confusion. This is not a book about the meaning of the cards, nor is it intended to teach you the tarot. This is an academic study and commentary on the Tarot, written by a history professor. I love the way Meill talks about why he became interested in Tarot. He was introduced to the tarot by a beautiful woman from Texas who became his wife, with whom he has two children, one of whom is the artist and illustrator Eric Meill, creator of the Ink Witch tarot. (Stay tuned for my review of this game, coming soon). During his doctorate in history, Meill was particularly interested in the history of magic, and his dissertation dealt with Christian and pagan attitudes toward the supernatural.
Maps: Evolution and the Power of Tarot is one of the best books on Tarot I’ve seen in a long time. Professor Patrick Mayle has written one of the best summaries of the origins of the Tarot, its influence on the world collectively from the Italian Renaissance to the 21st century. Created in the 20th century, it highlights the tarot community that emerged from tarot conferences and online social media, and how the cards have influenced the visual and performing arts. It was very enjoyable and informative to read, and I heartily recommend that you buy this copy. FTC Notes: In accordance with Title 16 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 255, Guidelines for the Use of Endorsements and Reviews in Advertising, I received this book from the publisher for review. Everything I’ve said here fairly and accurately reflects my opinion of the book.