By A. E. Thierens
A. E. Thierens was a well-known occult author and scholar who published numerous books on the subject, including The General Book of the Tarot. This work, first published in 1930, is widely regarded as one of the most important tarot texts ever written. It is a comprehensive guide to understanding and employing the tarot for divination and personal growth.
The General Book of the Tarot is divided into three sections: the first covers the history and origins of the tarot, the second examines each individual tarot card, and the third provides instructions on how to use the tarot for divination.
Thierens proposed in his discussion of the history of the tarot that the cards originated in ancient Egypt, where they were used for initiatory purposes. He also speculated that Gypsies brought the tarot to Europe and used it for fortune-telling.
Thierens believed that each tarot card held hidden symbolic meanings that could be interpreted to gain insight into one’s past, present, and future. He provided detailed descriptions of each card’s traditional symbolism as well as his own personal interpretations in his examination. He saw THE FOOL card, for example, as representing new beginnings, innocence, and potentiality; THE MAGICIAN card as representing willpower, skill, and creativity; and THE HIGH PRIESTESS card as representing intuition, wisdom, and mystery.
Thierens not only provided insights into individual cards, but also advice on how to use the tarot once you’ve learned its meanings. He suggested using a simple three-card spread to answer specific questions or a more complex nine-card spread to gain greater clarity on a specific issue or concern.
Anyone interested in learning about this ancient system of knowledge should read The General Book of the Tarot. Thierens’ clear and concise writing style makes even complex concepts simple to grasp, and his wealth of Tarot experience shines through on every page. Whether you’re new to the Tarot or an experienced practitioner, this book will provide you with everything you need to get started or take your practice to the next level.