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Arthur Edward Waite (1857–1942)

Autor(a) de The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

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About the Author

Arthur Edward Waite was born on October 2, 1857 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Waite joined the Outer Order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1891 mostrar mais after being introduced by E.W. Berridge. In 1899 he entered the Second order of the Golden Dawn. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. In 1903 Waite founded the Independent and Rectified Order R. R. et A. C. Waite was a prolific author and many of his works were well received in academic circles. He wrote occult texts on subjects including divination, esotericism, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and alchemy; he also translated and reissued several important mystical and alchemical works. His works on the Holy Grail, influenced by his friendship with Arthur Machen, were particularly notable. A number of his volumes remain in print, including The Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911), The Holy Kabbalah (1929), A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (1921), and his edited translation of Eliphas Levi's 1896 Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual (1910), having seen reprints in recent years. Waite also wrote two allegorical fantasy novels, Prince Starbeam (1889) and The Quest of the Golden Stairs (1893). (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Arthur Edward Waite

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1910) 1,225 exemplares, 17 críticas
The Book of Black Magic (1898) 748 exemplares, 9 críticas
Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (1909) 724 exemplares, 6 críticas
A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry (1921) 351 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Holy Kabbalah (1929) 239 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross (1924) 132 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Hermetic Museum (1990) 101 exemplares
The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal (1909) 63 exemplares, 1 crítica
Alchemists Through the Ages (1888) 51 exemplares
The Illustrated Key to the Tarot (1916) 36 exemplares, 1 crítica
Azoth: Or the Star in the East (1973) 29 exemplares, 1 crítica
Secret Tradition in Alchemy (1969) 28 exemplares
Lamps of Western mysticism (1973) 27 exemplares
Smith-Waite Tarot Deck Borderless (2017) 20 exemplares
The Secret Doctrine in Israel (1993) 18 exemplares
Emblematic Freemasonry (1925) 17 exemplares
The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabalah (1992) 16 exemplares, 2 críticas
Templar Orders in Freemasonry (1991) 12 exemplares
Three Famous Mystics (1992) 12 exemplares
Shadows of Life and Thought (1992) 12 exemplares
Radiant Rider-Waite in a Tin (2015) 12 exemplares
Tarot Original 1909 Deck (2021) 9 exemplares, 1 crítica
A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Volume II (2007) 9 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Serpent Myth (1998) — Autor — 9 exemplares
Radiant Wise Spirit Tarot Mini (2019) 8 exemplares
Tarot Black & Gold Edition (2019) 8 exemplares
A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Volume I (2007) 8 exemplares, 2 críticas
Tarot Vintage (2021) 6 exemplares
The Hermetic Museum Volume I (2007) 5 exemplares
Robert Fludd and Freemasonry (1994) 4 exemplares
The New Pearl of Great Price (2016) 3 exemplares
Universal Waite Tarot (2003) 3 exemplares
The Book of the Holy Graal (2009) 3 exemplares
World's Tiniest Tarot Card Set (1961) 3 exemplares
Strange Houses of Sleep (2009) 3 exemplares
Steps to the Crown (2010) 3 exemplares
The Hermetic Museum Volume II (2007) 3 exemplares
The Book Of Hermes Or Thoth (2005) 3 exemplares
The Unknown World 2 exemplares
Tarot Gold & Black Edition (2020) 2 exemplares
Tarot Original 1909 Kit (2021) 2 exemplares
Minor Doctrines Of St. Martin (2005) 2 exemplares
The Bells Of Faerie (2005) 2 exemplares
Hermandad De La Rosa Cruz (1999) 2 exemplares
Culdees And Culdee Worship (2006) 2 exemplares
The Way of Divine Union (2019) 2 exemplares
The Quest for Bloods 2 exemplares
Three Famous Alchemists (2010) 1 exemplar
Co-Masonry - Pamphlet (2006) 1 exemplar
The Kabalah and the Tarot (2006) 1 exemplar
Occult Science 1 exemplar
Book of Mystery and Vision (1999) 1 exemplar
RAYMUND LULLY 1 exemplar
The Mysterium Fidei (2006) 1 exemplar
O Grande Livro do Ocultismo (2001) 1 exemplar
Prayers Of Saint-Martin (2010) 1 exemplar
The Science Of Hermes (2010) 1 exemplar
The Lesser Key Of Solomon (2006) 1 exemplar
Ocultismo Al Desnudo (2000) 1 exemplar, 1 crítica
Roger Bacon (2006) 1 exemplar
Robert Fludd And The Kabalah (2010) 1 exemplar
A Mystagogical Quintology (1987) 1 exemplar
Obermann 1 exemplar
O Livro dos Feitiços (2002) 1 exemplar
Orphic Mysteries - Pamphlet (2006) 1 exemplar
Da Brigh Original Tarot Deck (2017) 1 exemplar
Hermetic Museum 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Transcendental Magic (1856) — Tradutor, algumas edições679 exemplares, 7 críticas
The History of Magic (1860) — Tradutor, algumas edições529 exemplares, 4 críticas
Universal Tarot (2001) — Designer — 36 exemplares
Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelly (1676) — Tradutor, algumas edições19 exemplares
Magical Writings of Thomas Vaughan also known as Eugenius Philalethes (1992) — Tradutor, algumas edições10 exemplares
Collectanea. Volume 4, Part 3 : The Martinist Order (1950) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Some Characteristics of the Interior Church (1798) — Introdução, algumas edições8 exemplares, 3 críticas
Collectanea. Volume 1, Part 2 : Fratres Lucis (0193) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares, 1 crítica


Conhecimento Comum



I realize that there might be minor publication differences between editions of the ‘Rider pack’, as it’s sometimes called (I usually just call it the classic tarot deck, or the 1909 Tarot), such as different hues or levels of brightness in the colors, and of course, different companies. I’m not against people making money; it’s just a little amusing when so many groups all offer the same product, basically, you know; it’s all the same classic deck. Anyway, I’m briefly going to review the old 1909 Tarot for you.

It is a little hard getting distance from the classic pack enough to review it; with most Rider-derived decks, I’ll pick a few cards to talk about how they differ from the 1909 images; obviously that doesn’t work with the 1909 images themselves. But I’ve briefly flipped through—I don’t count them as ‘read’ yet, since I didn’t carefully study a few a day, and Crowley in particular made no sense; it was like, This is a horse of a different color! This is a Fancy Horse!—both the Tarot de Marseille and the Thoth Tarot, which I’m told are the two main other decks that have influenced Tarot history—readings and musings and derivative decks—other than the classic deck, which is what’s shaped most modern Tarot studies the most, being the main image-template for the large majority of Tarot fools, you know. (Although Arthur came before Eden Gray grandmothered the hippie generation, you know. Arthur probably thought of himself as the Hermit, or perhaps a sort of Hermit-Emperor that only he could understand, right.)

Anyway. It must be a let-down after all that—although that’s not long for me—but I guess I can just say that I can get get how the 1909 pack rode off with the Tarot world, you know. It’s fashionable to deride the almost-popular alt culture; it’s certainly cool to say that Wiccans are already too popular, (where? one almost has to ask), although the Thoth has never really made many popularity-contest inroads on Arthur and Pam, you know. But although I get why it might be fun to learn Thoth Tarot, and the desert-sands and/or modern architecture simplicity of Marseilles is also immediately apparent, I can get the value of the classic set of cards. It’s the easily-dismissed middle-way, that the masses often tend to love in all its forms. It’s in between the pictorially ‘laconic’ Marseille and the (to a non-initiate, busy) ‘fancy’ Thoth; 1909 produces images that are simple and sometimes unmistakable, although sometimes ambiguous and often quite profound as well.

It’s as though it mastered the art of seeming commonplace—at least for a Tarot deck; some people see any card, the Four of Pentacles, probably, and run—while actually having layers. While actually being profound. Marseilles isn’t un-profound, of course; but it’s rough. 1909 is simple, but polished: smooth.

…. Ironically this began with Aleister for me, right. There is the aspect of “as below, so above”, and ~if everybody else is wrong, you’re wrong too…. And just the depravity of sexuality in a culture that abuses and uses women like dishrags, right…. But yeah: I can’t deal with the Crowley deck, if he’s going to talk that way about Netzach, right…. I can’t smile at a man, if he thinks that the Lady, the Moral Lady, who can also put a dagger at my throat, and laugh, if She please, right, is a cheap trick; it offends me…. I cannot work out in words how She is moral, but She is Life, and Life, Is: and it is Victory; and I cannot hold with Socrates that the thing that cannot be worked out in words, is false, and untrustworthy, right…. You cannot work Life out; yet you live it out by trusting…. Her. And Socrates spoke of Her little: what does he know? So, she is outrageous, then? Do we know things, that She does not, then….? And do we know that, indeed?

But yeah: Thoth Tarot is a great innovation, and I’d like to use adaptions of it, but I can’t join the Crowley Fan Club, you know; I’ll withdraw my application: keep my distance.

And then Literal Arthur Fucking Waite, right: forget it. If you’re not going to make—well, mistakes, you know—excuses for every male piggy with an over-hysterical phraseology, thanks to British Latin Schools, right…. I mean, it’s like, if you don’t think that Waite is a piggy, it’s like…. Like you think that no woman has ever suffered: at least in any way that has any consequence.

I’ll get rid of RWS, and Thoth, both, right: it’s better to use adaptions.
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goosecap | Dec 29, 2023 |
The brief history of tarot is nice. Although there is probably some useful information in here, it is not really the simplest book for a beginner to learn about tarot. It can certainly be used as a reference but it is not written well for a quick cheat sheet type reference. There are multiple meanings to each card listed in separate sections of the book
Crystal199 | 16 outras críticas | Nov 12, 2023 |
Warning: This largely overlaps A. E. Waite, The Holy Kabalah q.v.
Cr00 | 1 outra crítica | Apr 1, 2023 |
The classic "standard" tarot deck - if you see a gypsy fortune teller in an old American movie reading the cards, this is the deck she's using. The packaging on this edition is a bit questionable - tough to get the cards out and the book in. Also in the book, a few of the illustrations are printing in color - but only the first few cards. And the color has bled thru the page! Weird - haven't ever seen this is a modern paperback. But still three stars for the "King James" version the tarot.
dhaxton | 16 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2023 |


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