By Aleister Crowley
This is often a superb resource for the historical past of the Tarot and diverse matters similar. besides, i used to be fascinated with the fashion of the writing which gave it an additional fillip. Having learn DuQuette and more than a few of alternative books in this topic, it additional a few of what DuQuette did not have room for. now not eliminating from five stars, I did ask yourself why it had card illustrations, fairly after they have been in black and white - a minor cavill (excuse the redundancy).
What I received an enormous cost from was once discovering a stem of hashish pressed among pages a bit to correct of middle. How did i do know what it was once? I lived among smugglers for 5 years and that i observed an occational "mistake" popping above the ground.
A few years in the past certainly one of my daughters and her husband helped me movement and located a bag of "grass" driven right into a nook on a closet shelf. They seemed, having a look sheepish. They explained,rather gasping whereas I laughed and stated, "It's catnip,you idiots!" Well... gee... they did ask yourself. i am nonetheless guffawing.
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Extra resources for The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V
It is the wantonness of innocence. In the second act, it is the same quality that enables him to withstand the blandishments of the ladies in the garden of Kundry. Klingsor, the evil magician, who thought to fulfil the conditions of life by self- mutilation, seeing his empire threatened, hurls the sacred lance (which he has stolen from the Mountain of Salvation) at Parsifal, but it remains suspended over the boy's head. Parsifal seizes it; in other words, attains to puberty. ) In the third act, Parsifal's innocence has matured into sancti fication; he is the initiated Priest whose function is to create; it is Good Friday, the day of darkness and death.
The slightest suggestion of anything reasonable in this matter would destroy the whole argument. But as one must obtain some concrete picture, the general solution is to represent the saviour as the Fool. (Attempts to attain this condition appear in the Bible. ) It will be seen later how this idea is linked with that of the mystery of paternity, and also of the iridescence of the alchemical mercury in one of the stages of the Great Work. "The Rich Fisherman": Percivale. The legend of Percivale, integral of the mystery of the Saviour Fish-God, and of the Sangraal or Holy Grail, is of disputed origin.
Before him is the woman girt with a sword; she represents the Scarlet Woman in the hierarchy of the new Aeon. This symbolism is further carried out in the oriel where, behind the phallic headdress, the rose of five petals is in blossom. The symbolism of the snake and dove refers to this verse of the Book of the Law---chap. I, verse 57: "there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent". This symbol recurs in the trump numbered XVI. The background of the whole card is the dark blue of the starry night of Nuit, from whose womb all phenomena are born.