The Tarot : History Symbolism & Divination by Robert Place
THE TAROT is one of the few books that cuts through conventional misperceptions to explore the tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe - not as some would suggest the antiquities of Ancient Egypt. Mining the Hermetic alchemical and Neoplatonic influences behind the evolution of the deck author Robert M. Place provides an historically grounded and compelling portrait of the Tarot's true origins without overlooking the deck's mystical dimensions. Indeed Place uncommonly weds reliable historiography with a practical understanding of the intuitive help and divinatory guidance that the cards can bring. He presents techniques that offer new and valuable ways to read and interpret the cards. Based on a simple 3-card spread Place's approach can be used by either the seasoned practitioner or the beginner.