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I agree with Umbrae these two books, which should be considered as a set, should be required reading. They are written by historical scholars, not occultists (certainly not scholars sympathetic to occult ideas).

So, if you are at all "mystically" inclined, these books will either piss you off, or possibly set you straight. The first, particularly, has some rather harsh words for still commonly-accepted occult ideas about Tarot. The second volume is slightly kinder. People like Levi whose ideas formed much of the philosophic framework of the Golden Dawn, not to mention conspiracy theorists come off as starry-eyed dolts. Of course, the Golden Dawn and its members are portrayed (not as forcefully as I would have liked) as squabbling children.

Both of these books are completely engrossing and well-worth the money.
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