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Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy

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TitleQabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsWang, Robert
EditionFirst Edition
PublisherRed Wheel Weiser
ISBN Number9780877285205
AbstractNEW 2004 REVISED EDITION Hailed by reviewers as "a masterpiece," and as "the single most profound reference of its kind," "The Qabalistic Tarot" has become the standard in its field, a book essential to all students of Tarot symbolism. It is both a textbook and a sourcebook for the symbols of the Western Hermetic Qabalah, a corpus of mystical ideas which have, for centuries, exerted a powerful influence on the development of Western thought. Dr. Wang explains the Tarot as an externalization of a mystical system which has evolved from approximately the third century C.E. to our own time. He traces the development of Qabalistic ideas from the Neoplatonic through the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern periods, systematically discussing each Sephira and Path on the Tree of Life. He uses the Tarot images as a point of visual reference, and provides a thorough explanation of the symbolic intricacies of the Paths. "The Qabalistic Tarot" is recommended as a comprehensive textbook for individual study or for the classroom. The first and only work based on the four major decks in use today, it is the ideal companion book for the "Golden Dawn Tarot", the "Thoth Tarot", the "Rider-Waite Tarot", or the traditional "Marseilles" deck.
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