That is a common view of the Tarot among its adherents.
A glance through the Encylopedia of the Tarot shows
many variations upon variations, many parts of sources,
and many unanswerable questions, esp. as to origins.
It adds up to one of the most seductive apprehensions of all, mystery.
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From: "Chokh Raj" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:13 AM
Subject: The Tarot in 'The Waste Land'
> the Tarot symbols' mapping of reality --
> "Esoteric Symbols: The Tarot in Yeats, Eliot, and Kafka"
> By June Leavitt
> from Introduction:
> "The mystical and metaphysical antecedents of the Tarot can be reduced
into three basic diagrammatic metaphors. ... The common denominator of these
three diagrammatic metaphors is that the Tarot represents a mystical way of
apprehending the world where the soul is placed on a voyage to what we may
call "enlightenment". It now remains to be seen how the mystical semiotics
of the Tarot may be related to literary texts and to the lives
> of the authors who wrote them."