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The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins

The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins

Arthur Edward Waite, S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Eliphaz Levi, P. R. S. Foli, P. D. Ouspensky, Papus, Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer, Manly P. Hall, and A. E. Thierens; Foreword by Juliet Sharman-Burke

St. Martin's Essentials

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"A major contribution!”
—Rachel Pollack, bestselling author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

The definitive collection of rare, secret, and arcane tarot knowledge


The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins is the ultimate guide to the mysteries and lost knowledge of the tarot. This single volume includes more than ten selections from foundational tarot books, all from the 19th and 20th century. Many of these critical texts have been forgotten, fallen out of print, or are impossible to acquire. The Tarot reintroduces these books to the modern-day reader, unlocking the invisible power of the tarot for a new generation of card readers.

The Tarot includes the following complete books:
The Tarot by S. L. MacGregor Mathers
The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum by Eliphaz Levi
Fortune Telling by Cards by P. R. S. Foli
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite
The Symbolism of the Tarot by P.D. Ouspensky
The Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus
The Key to the Universe by Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer
The Key of Destiny by Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer
The General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens

The Tarot also includes additional selections from Manly P. Hall and others. Featuring over 400 original black-and-white illustrations throughout the book, The Tarot is a gorgeous gift and an irresistible invitation to both seasoned readers and beginners to explore the esoteric wisdom of the cards.

Praise for The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins

“St. Martin's Essentials has done both the world of Tarot and the world of occult history (two realms that overlap but are not entirely the same) a great service in bringing together this wide-ranging abundance of source material. Some of the texts are well-known, some obscure—and indeed, even the more famous ones are often hard to find—but together they create a portrait of a long and varied tradition.
This is a major contribution.”
—Rachel Pollack, bestselling author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

"This single volume brings together esoteric tarot in all its depth and diversity – from the wisdom teachings that are the foundation of today’s tarot to ‘lost’ texts that deserve new attention. A goldmine for every tarot collector, practitioner, researcher and writer."—Liz Dean, author of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot

"This wonderful compendium presents many of the key texts that influenced 20th century esoteric tarot. Now any tarot user can understand how and why we read cards the way we do now." —Caitlín Matthews, author of Untold Tarot: The Lost Art of Reading Ancient Tarots

"This incredible collection of mystical and magickal thought brings together in a single volume the writings of some of history’s most noted tarot scholars, including Arthur Edward Waite, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Éliphas Lévi, W. Wynn Westcott, P.D. Ouspensky, Oswald Wirth, and Manly P. Hall. Although these metaphysicians laid the foundations for our understanding of the ta… More…

“St. Martin's Essentials has done both the world of Tarot and the world of occult history (two realms that overlap but are not entirely the same) a great service in bringing together this wide-ranging abundance of source material. Some of the texts are well-known, some obscure—and indeed, even the more famous ones are often hard to find—but together they create a portrait of a long and varied tradition.
This is a major contribution.”
—Rachel Pollack, bestselling author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

"This single volume brings together esoteric tarot in all its depth and diversity – from the wisdom teachings that are the foundation of today’s tarot to ‘lost’ texts that deserve new attention. A goldmine for every tarot collector, practitioner, researcher and writer."—Liz Dean, author of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot

"This wonderful compendium presents many of the key texts that influenced 20th century esoteric tarot. Now any tarot user can understand how and why we read cards the way we do now." —Caitlín Matthews, author of Untold Tarot: The Lost Art of Reading Ancient Tarots

"This incredible collection of mystical and magickal thought brings together in a single volume the writings of some of history’s most noted tarot scholars, including Arthur Edward Waite, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Éliphas Lévi, W. Wynn Westcott, P.D. Ouspensky, Oswald Wirth, and Manly P. Hall. Although these metaphysicians laid the foundations for our understanding of the tarot today, many of the ideas, interpretations, methods, and techniques presented here may be unfamiliar to contemporary tarot readers. The Tarot also contains valuable information and insights into astrology, numerology, the Kabalah, and mythology as they relate to the tarot. If you’re a serious student or practitioner of tarot, this compendium belongs in your library." —Skye Alexander, author of The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot

"This book is a must-have resource for anyone fascinated by the symbolism and history of the tarot. In a single volume the reader gains access to all the key primary texts related to the development of the tarot as a divinatory art. Tarot readers will find much to enrich their understanding of the meanings and uses of the cards over the past several centuries. In addition to its rich historical information, the text includes hundreds of pieces of artwork, and the publisher has reported that this impressive undertaking required a team of seven editors working for nearly three years. The final result is truly a labor of love, which every tarot enthusiast will want to add to their collection. " —Anthony Louis, author of Tarot Plan and Simple

"The Tarot is a rare book that promises life-long nourishment. It will inspire readers and practitioners through offering profound insights by people who have made the deepest studies of the subject. Diving into The Tarot made me realise how much profound information is missing from many modern tarot books. There are valuable discoveries on almost every page and within an hour of reading it, I was inspired to write another book on the subject. For readers who hunger for knowledge, this book provides a feast of information." —Paul Fenton-Smith, founder of Academy of Psychic Sciences and author of Advanced Tarot and Tarot Masterclass

"While the tarot itself remains an ever evolving mystery, The Tarot combines important historical theory in a comprehensive and beautiful wellspring of historical, occult texts that belong in the collection of every tarot enthusiast - from novice to advanced practitioner, and everyone in between." —Stefanie Caponi, author of Guided Tarot

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Arthur Edward Waite, S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Eliphaz Levi, P. R. S. Foli, P. D. Ouspensky, Papus, Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer, Manly P. Hall, and A. E. Thierens; Foreword by Juliet Sharman-Burke

The Tarot includes works by some of the most important founders of the modern tarot and esoteric movement, including: Arthur Edward Waite, Papus, Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer Curtiss, S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Eliphaz Levi, P. R. S. Foli, P.D. Ouspensky, Manly P. Hall, and A.E. Thierens.