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Here is a more in depth introduction to the Castle of Crossed Destinies and the author's wider project.




It includes this marvelously evocative quote:


Now that we have seen these greasy pieces of cardboard become a museum of old masters, a theatre of tragedy, a library of poems and novels, the silent brooding over down-to-earth words bound to come up along the war, following the arcane pictures, can attempt to soar higher, to perhaps heard in some theatre balcony, where their resonance transforms moth-eaten sets on a creaking stage into palaces and battlefields 




Also, a sequel of sorts has appeared on traditionaltarot.wordpress.com to the previously mentioned piece on tarot love significations. Apart from dealing with the various iconographic elements of the Lover and their relevance to divinatory interpretation, there is also an exploration of how different categories of love could potentially be mapped to the four tarot suits. Interesting stuff.



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There's another interesting translation gone up on Traditional Tarot - one that reveals an early and rather seminal attempt to deal with the Tarot on its own terms, free of occult signification and correspondence, metaphysical speculation, too. To say that this is/was an influential idea would be an understatement. Other than that, I'll let the translator's introduction speak for itself:


Jean Paulhan (1884–1968) was an influential French writer, literary critic and publisher, one who played a major role in French writing during the 20th century. In addition to numerous novels, translations of poetry, and studies on art, Paulhan was also interested in the study of language, and the following essay on the Tarot falls into this last category, as we shall see. Effectively, Paulhan provided a thought-provoking and pioneering preface ... for the classic work on the Tarot of Marseilles, Le Tarot de Marseille, published by his exact contemporary Paul Marteau (1885-1966), heir and director of the Grimaud cardmaking firm and creator of the eponymous deck, in 1949.


This preface, above all, marks one of the key stages in the evolution of the study of the Tarot, since it heralds an entire seam of what may be properly called Tarology – the study of the Tarot as a language – an optical language, and one devoid of occultist or mystical speculation. ... The publication of this piece aims ... to enable the reader to gain some insight on how to approach the Tarot as a language on its own terms. 


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