By Helen Farley
The enigmatic and richly illustrative tarot deck unearths a number of odd and iconic mages, akin to The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The Hanged guy and The idiot: over which loom the terrifying figures of dying and The satan. The 21 numbered cards of tarot have continuously exerted powerful fascination, method past their unique function, and the a number of resonances of the deck are ubiquitous. From T. S. Eliot and his ""wicked pack of cards"" in ""The Waste Land"" to the psychic divination of Solitaire in Ian Fleming's ""Live and permit Die""; and from the satanic novels of Dennis Wheatley to the deck's adoption through New Age practitioners, the playing cards have nowa days develop into inseparably hooked up to the occult. they're now seen as arguably the major medium of prophesying and foretelling. but, because the writer exhibits, initially the tarot have been used as leisure cards by means of the Italian the Aristocracy within the Renaissance. It used to be basically a lot later, within the 18th and nineteenth centuries, that the deck grew to become linked to esotericism prior to evolving eventually right into a diagnostic instrument for brain, physique and spirit. this can be the 1st publication to discover the remarkably different ways that tarot has inspired tradition. Tracing the altering styles of the deck's use, from video game to mysterious oracular equipment, Helen Farley examines tarot's emergence in fifteenth century Milan and discusses its later institutions with astrology, kabbalah and the Age of Aquarius.