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Anthony Louis, Tarot Beyond the Basics

Pretty good overall, but I find some of his flippant, wise-ass remarks about aspects of the "tradition" he has no use for rather annoying. For example, he spends half of one chapter ridiculing the Golden Dawn and Crowley, and the second half extolling the virtues of using the sephirotic and numerological model for understanding the pip cards. Just a little schizophrenic in my book. While some of the 19th century correlations may be of spurious origin (I'm thinking 22 Hebrew letter, 22 Major Arcana cards), quite a few very good minds were applied in a serious attempt to fashion a syncretic system of correspondences. In practice, it can be very useful stuff.
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