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Christianity, Platonism, and the Tarot of Marseille

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Christianity, Platonism, and the Tarot of Marseille: A Very Brief Introduction [PDF] by TeenyTinyTarot.

Here is another free TeenyTinyTarot pamplet that consists mostly of long block quotes from the Meditations on the Tarot. Despite the title, there is no particularly Christian doctrine presented, nor any reference to the history of Christianity. Nor does it engage Platonism, beyond the most generic of dualist metaphysical notions and the name-dropping of Plotinus and of Plato’s Phaedrus. Another curious instance of name-dropping is that of the Traditionalist Sufi Martin Lings, where some specific writing by Lings is apparently at issue, but it is not specified. The text in the current pamphlet has been taken from conversation pendant to a class presented by the anonymous author, a context which helps account for the missing connections and details.

The back cover of the pamphlet has its most interesting content: a little “game” called “Playing the Fool,” where the Trumps are shuffled and then put back in sequence. Although “It is considered by some very auspicious when The Fool doesn’t turn up until the last play of the game,” that’s just a matter of a one-in-twenty-two chance (or perhaps physical clairvoyance), so it’s really not much of a game. It is a slight improvement on a similar exercise called “Joy to the World” published on the TeenyTinyTarot website. [via]

A Metaphysical Reading of the Tarot Suits

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews A Metaphysical Reading of the Tarot Suits by TeenyTinyTarot.

This anonymous pamphlet was included gratis with an order of cards from the TeenyTinyTarot website. It seems to be composed as more mystical “bait” to reorient those whose interest in Tarot has originally consisted of vulgar divination. Most of it is dedicated to an identification of the four lesser suits with the parts of the soul, using accessible generic language, without e.g. the technical jargon of qabalistic psychology. It is illustrated with parallel images from the CBD Tarot de Marsaille and the RWS (“Rider-Waite Style”) decks.

For me, the most interesting content was a couple of paragraph-long quotes (one on the Fool and the other on the Sun) from the anonymous (but of different authorship from the pamphlet) Meditations on the Tarot. The present author offers a disclaimer that “the Anonymous Author of Meditations on the Tarot cannot be appealed to as the authority for (or even the primary inspiration behind) this approach to the tarot suits,” but the AAoMotT is evidently taken here as a chief authority on the tarot generally, and is also quoted as applying the formula of Tetragrammaton to the four suits, after the manner that is familiar to modern Hermetic occultists, and consistent with the exposition earlier in the pamphlet.