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Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic

Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic: The Essential Ida Craddock by Vere Chappell, with an foreword by Mary K Greer, the 2010 softcover edition from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Vere Chappell and Ida Craddock's Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic from Weiser Books

“Sex, Magick, Aleister Crowley, Orgasms, Erotic Dances, Angelic Beings, Revolutionary Activism, Liberation, Persecution, Defiance, and Suicide. Persecuted by Anthony Comstock and his Society for the Suppression of Vice, this turn-of-the-century heroine was also a spiritualist who learned many secrets of high magick through her claimed wedlock to an angelic being. Born in Philadelphia in 1857, Ida Craddock became involved in occultism around the age of thirty. She attended classes at the Theosophical Society and began studying a tremendous amount of materials on various occult subjects. She taught correspondence courses to women and newly married couples to educate them on the sacred nature of sex, maintaining that her explicit knowledge came from her nightly experiences with an angel named Soph. In 1902, she was arrested under New York’s anti-obscenity laws and committed suicide to avoid life in an asylum. Now for the first time, scholar Vere Chappell has compiled the most extensive collection of Craddock’s work including original essays, diary excerpts, and suicide letters—one to her mother and one to the public.”

 

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The Tarot of the Magicians

Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana that Inspired Modern Tarot by Oswald Wirth, and introduced by Mary K Greer, available in print again from Weiser Books. You can also check out an excerpt in PDF, if you like. The book itself includes the major arcana card on perforated sheets, for reference.

Oswald Wirth's The Tarot of the Magicians from Weiser Books

 

“Tarot of the Magicians by Swiss occultist artist and author Oswald Wirth was first published in Paris in 1927, and a Weiser edition was later released in 1985. The Weiser edition is a direct translation and the first and only English-language edition of this important work.

Long unavailable, the book is back in print in a beautiful new package with full-color pull-out cards reproducing Wirth’s 1889 tarot deck. With a new introduction by bestselling tarot author Mary K. Greer, Tarot of the Magicians offers tarot enthusiasts and students of the occult an in-depth and authoritative analysis of one of the most beautiful and evocative of all modern tarot decks.

In this important tarot work of the Major Arcana, Wirth combines the imagery.” [via]

 

 

Waite’s Second Tarot Deck—An Incredible Discovery

Via Mary K Greer’s Tarot Blog, a rediscovered Waite tarot deck:

“Tali Goodwin of Tarot Professionals and the blog Tarot Speakeasy, through extensive research, has discovered the ORIGINAL Waite-Trinick images that comprised a tarot deck conceptualized by A.E. Waite for the private use of members of his Fellowship of the Rosy Cross.”

“Tali and Marcus were able to view and photograph the beautiful and enigmatic original paintings and have agreed with the owners to bring out a book (in color and b&w) of the major twenty-two images with full commentary prior to Christmas 2011.”

“Tarot Professionals will be hosting a funding drive—live on Indigogo to ask for assistance towards publication. As they want to make these remarkable images—and the biggest discovery in Tarot this century—available to everyone.”

Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It

You may be interested in Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It by Marcus Katz which is due on Jul 23rd through Weiser Antiquarian but actually available now from the publisher Salamander and Sons.

A few blurbs about the book, which was really what caught my eye in the first place, may be of interest:

“From the first steps in reading tarot through metaphysical correspondences and on to professional marketing, this book has it all! Marcus Katz’s Tarosophy is a work of intelligence and depth, featuring tons of tarot tips and exercises that will help you access the wisdom of the cards in a manner that is accessible, playful and practical. Highly recommended.”
– Mary K. Greer, author of 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card

“Marcus Katz has fixed himself as a bright ‘Star’ in the firmament of tarot. His Tarosophy is everything its subtitle promises: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It. It’s sane, sensible, and profoundly original. His ‘Temple of Thoth’ (Gated Spread) alone is worth the price of admission.”
– Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot and creator of Tarot of Ceremonial Magick

And, from the publisher, they describe the book as:

“Based upon 30 years of studying, reading and teaching tarot, more than 10,000 face-to-face readings and extensive research in the field, Marcus Katz successfully combines academic rigour with invaluable practical experience and breathtaking originality in Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It.

Suitable for all tarot readers – from absolute beginners to experienced professionals – Tarosophy is written in three sections:

  • basic tarot in a new light for the beginning Tarosophist;
  • intermediate tarot in a magical light for the enquiring Tarosophist; and
  • advanced tarot in a spiritual light for the progressive Tarosophist.

From terminology and technique, to reading and spreads, inner work and trees, Tarosophy encapsulates the wisdom of tarot as a living, divine art and science; a dynamic interface between awareness and appearance, and a system to observe, tie and untie the ‘secret knots’ that bind the world.

With 50 unique exercises, in excess of 50 illustrations, extensive footnotes, and detailed reading lists, there are more new tarot ideas on any given page of Tarosophy than in some entire texts on the subject.

Accessible, sensible and practical, leading tarot teachers, scholars and authors around the world agree that Tarosophy is a major contribution to the tarot tradition.”