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"possible Sufi origin of the Tarot"...

Does anyone know of Sir Fairfax Leighton Cartwright's association with the Tarot or Sufism? Ronald Decker: History of the Occult Tarot, 2002 pp.304-5
denies that this is " an authentic Sufi document", but places Cartwright in Teheran, nevertheless. Decker doesn't reveal how he knows this is inauthentic but assures us in dismissing Blakeley's neoplatonisms that: "a Muslim mystic surely would not give such attention to pagan deities." perhaps Decker's overlooking the Sabaeans...

"John D. Blakeley in The Mystical Tower of the Tarot describes his search for the possible Sufi origin of the Tarot. He found a book written in 1899 called The Mystic Rose from the Garden of the King by Sir Fairfax L. Cartwright. ... a wanderer approaches a tower ... There are three chambers on each floor, each containing a living Tarot archetype..."

Sir Fairfax Leighton Cartwright (Jul 20, 1857 d.1928) was secretary to the legations in Mexico 1899-1902 and Lisbon 1902-1905, councillor to the Madrid Embassy 1905-1906, minister to Munich and Stuttgart 1906-1908 and ambassador to the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1908-1913. He married the daughter of an Italian senator.

"Writing in January 1913, the British Ambassador in Vienna, Sir Fairfax Cartwright observed that ‘Serbia will some day set Europe by the ears and bring about a universal war on the continent.’
The Russians, he advised, were encouraging this ‘little country’ to antagonise Austria to the point of exasperation."

The Mystic Rose from the Garden of the King by Sir Fairfax L. Cartwright.
he mystic rose from the garden of the king : a fragment of the vision of Sheikh Haji Ibrahim of Kerbela / rendered into English by Fairfax L. Cartwright.
Published: [London?] : Privately printed, [1898]
Description: 2 p. l., [v]-xvii, [2] l., 315 p. ; 21 cm.

"In Arabic, the word for "rose" (ward) is just a vowel away and related by root to the word for "invocation of sacred Names" (wird). Thus the rose symbolism in the Sufi way (connoting remembrance), and the name of this device in Christianity: "Rosary.""

"When the Mystic Dervish had ceased to relate what he had seen, the Young King spoke to him thus: 'Oh! Sage, where is the Strange Land to be found where the Temple of Knowledge lieth?'

The Dervish replied: 'Oh! King, wouldst thou know where lies the Strange Land where dwell the Disciples of the Path - the Seekers after Truth? Turn to thy Heart; hidden therein lieth the magnificent Temple of Human Knowledge, but the Key to the Gate thereof God alone can give'. "

In the Mamluk period Sufi masters and novices became a widespread

"Shahab al-Din al-Suhrawardi also elaborated the idea of an independent
intermediary world, the imaginal world ('alam al-mithal). His views have
exerted a powerful influence down to this day, particularly through Mulla
Sadra's [(1571/2-1640)] adoption of his concept of intensity and gradation to existence, wherein he (i.e. Mulla Sadra) combined peripatetic and illuminationist descriptions of reality."

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