Author: Wang, Robert
Hailed by reviewers as "a masterpiece" and as "the single most profoundreference of its kind," The Qabalistic Tarot has become the standard inits field, a book essential to all students of Tarot symbolism. It is botha textbook and a sourcebook for the symbols of the Western Hermetic Qabalah, acorpus of mystical ideas which have, for centuries, exerted a powerful influenceon the development of Western thought. Dr. Wang explains the Tarot as anexternalization of a mystical system which has evolved from approximately thethird century C.E. to our own time. He traces the development ofQabalistic ideas from the Neoplatonic though the Medieval, Renaissance, andModern periods, systematically discussing each Sephira and Path on the Tree ofLife.
He uses the Tarot images as a point of visual reference, and provides athorough explanation of the symbolic intricacies of the Paths. TheQabalistic Tarot is recommended as a comprehensive textbook for individualstudy or for the classroom. The first and only work based on the fourmajor decks in use today, it is the ideal companion book for the Golden DawnTarot, the Thoth Tarot, the Rider-Waite Tarot, or thetraditional Marseilles deck.
Robert Wang is a medievalist art historian/artist. He is the creatorof the Golden Dawn Tarot Deck in collaboration with the late Israel Regardie andis the artist of the acclaimedJungian Tarot Deck. His books include studies of Jungian archetypalimagery and of the historical development of such movements as Hermetic Qabalahand Rosicrucianism.