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Iconology of the Early Tarot Conclusion

Our analysis of the early Tarot images confirms the documentary evidence that the Tarot originated in 15th century Italy. An excellent summary of the documentary evidence can be found at Collected Fragments of Tarot History. Read More »


Defining Magic

4. Defining magic The Church condemned magic. But what exactly was magic? The Church's position reminds one of the judge who declared that he couldn't define pornography but he knew it when he saw it. If one wished to preserve the cult of saints who performed miracles while damning the magician for almost identical acts, then one had to be extremely cautious and precise in defining exactly what was condemned and what was accepted. The dilemma was faced by drawing a set of fine distinctions concerning what was miraculous and what was illicit magic. Read More »


Ramon Llull

Ramon Llull Perhaps it would be well to step back from the generalities and abstractions about magic and consider an individual 'magician'. In the 15th century, Ramon Llull (1232 - ~1316) was considered one of the greatest minds of the late middle ages. His magical thought and alchemy influenced Agrippa and Bruno (Yates 1982) and this influence was still alive in the 19th century (Levi 1860). Read More »


Transmission of Magical Knowledge to the 15th Century

5. Transmission of magical knowledge to the 15th Century Occultist writers often attribute the transmission of magical knowledge to secret societies. The claim has some basis if we consider the 16th to 20th centuries. However, it does not suffice to explain the transmission from ancient times to the 15th century when the Tarot was invented. There simply are not any secret societies that could have served the purpose (see separate article on Secret Societies and the Tarot) nor is there any hint of such a society in the hundreds of medieval manuscripts that deal with magic. Read More »


The Major Arcana Traditions

Over the years,friends have asked me in the course of compiling important minutiae of a comprehensible Tarot history, "Isn't this a bit too encyclopedic for the average Tarot user to care about?" Read More »


The English School of Tarot

A number of histories have been written to clarify the people and events connected to the founding of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the most familiar of this century's Secret Societies and source of most of the Tarot decks sold today. Read More »


Kabbalah Influences

For the first three decades during which I was assimilating information about Tarot, I avoided the history of the Kabalah. Not only had it seemed too abstruse and foreign, but the teachings had apparently fragmented due to the many forced migrations imposed upon the Jews throughout their history. Read More »


Mars is making an aggressive move today...

You can make things happen today! Mars is charging into courageous Aries for the first time in nearly two years, firing you up to take decisive action in your life. So ask yourself, what major moves are you going to make with all this enthusiastic energy?For a short time, Mars in Aries will energize you with the strength, confidence, and motivation to make a fresh start in any direction you choose. But before you can get moving, you need to find out what's been holding you back... Read More »


You could actually enjoy this Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde can cause a lot of anxiety, but when Mercury goes retrograde in super-sensitive Pisces this weekend, you may feel even more worried about what's going to happen. The good news is you can calm your nerves and stay in control easier than you think!Notorious for disrupting our day-to-day communications and plans, Mercury Retrograde is probably the most dreaded of recurring astrological events. But there is a way to prepare for what's coming and avoid the impact of this tricky time... Read More »


Your 2013 Love Forecast Is Here!

This weekend brings themes of love and expansion for everyone as Venus moves into Sagittarius! The planet of love in the sign of the adventurous Archer makes it the perfect time to look into the future to determine your romantic path for the next year. So draw your bow, fire, and watch as the next 365 days of your intimate journey are revealed with this... Read More »


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