To the casual observer, they're just a pack of playing cards. But to initiates, the mysterious figures of the Tarot deck symbolize the keys to ancient wisdom. The 78 cards can be employed to unlock the secrets of the universe and to foretell the future- but only by those who comprehend their esoteric truths.
A pillar of occult science, The Tarot of the Bohemians provides a theological element to the work begun by Antoine Court de Gébelin, Etteila, and Éliphas Lévi, and advanced by A. E. Waite, the distinguished scholar and designer of the most widely known deck. Geared toward initiates, its topics include an introduction to the study of the Tarot as well as its symbolism and applications. This revised edition includes a Preface by Waite in addition to illustrative plates, charts, and tables.
CHAP. I.-INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE TAROT
II.-THE SACRED WORD YOD-HE-VAU-HE
III.-THE ESOTERISM OF NUMBERS
IV.-ANALOGY BETWEEN THE SACRED WORD AND NUMBERS
V.-THE KEY TO THE MINOR ARCANA
VI.-THE KEY TO THE MAJOR ARCANA
VII.-CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MAJOR AND MINOR ARCANA
SYMBOLISM IN THE TAROT.
APPLICATION OF THE GENERAL KEY TO THE SYMBOLISM.
VIII.-INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF SYMBOLISM
IX.-HISTORY OF THE SYMBOLISM OF THE TAROT. INQUIRY INTO ITS ORIGIN
X.-THE SYMBOLICAL TAROT. THE 1ST SEPTENARY. ARCANA 1 TO 7. THEOGONY
XI.-2ND SEPTENARY. ANDROGONY
XII.-3RD SEPTENARY. COSMOGONY
XIV.-GENERAL SUMMARY OF THE SYMBOLICAL TAROT
APPLICATIONS OF THE TAROT.
XV.-GENERAL KEY TO THE APPLICATIONS OF THE TAROT
XVI.-THE ASTRONOMIC TAROT
XVII.-THE INITIATIVE TAROT
XVIII.-THE KABBALISTIC TAROT
XIX.-THE AUTHORS WHO HAVE INTERESTED THEMSELVES IN THE TAROT
XX.-THE DIVINING TAROT IN SEVEN LESSONS.
XXI.-APPLICATION OF THE TAROT TO GAMES
XXII.-CONCLUSION OF THE WORK
TABLE OF THE AUTHORS AND PRINCIPAL WORKS QUOTED
Gerard Encausse (1865-1916), was a Spanish-born French physician who used the pen-name of Papus. After years of researching the occult, Kabbalah, alchemy, and magic, he was among the first to offer a serious study of the Tarot. He co-founded the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Croix and was active in the Hermetic Brotherhood of the Light and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.