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The author of the book: P.D. Ouspensky
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: June 1st 1976
ISBN 13: 9780486232911
Format files: PDF
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This is an interesting booklet, but i cannot give this a good rating for several reasons.
First of all, i would like to say that it's good for a student to get as many perspectives as possible on tarot, and this does present some interesting points. It explores each of the 22 major arcana in a narrative form and some interesting ideas about esoteric teachings of tarot are presented.
However, this text reproduces a lot of the false history of tarot that originated with Court de Gebelin about the cards being a survival of ancient Egyptian wisdom (i.e. The legendary Book of Thoth). While i think such legends and traditional stories are interesting, they are not accurate. So, books like this continue the spread of inaccurate information in the occult community. Also, this is not long enough to be considered a "book." It's more like an article. So, be sure and look at how many pages before you decide to buy it--supposing you're purchasing online and may not be aware of how short the text is. That's really my main issue is that it's so short and superficial a look at tarot. It only really addresses the meanings of the 22 major arcana and that only in a very superficial narrative form that doesn't tell us much.
In conclusion, i think this is a very interesting read, and it's good to see all different perspectives on a subject, but i cannot recommend this book or give it a good rating because it's too short, incomplete, superficial, and has some inaccurate information it perpetuates.
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Read information about the authorPyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky, Пётр Демья́нович Успе́нский; was a Russian mathematician and esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915. He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He shared the (Gurdjieff) "system" for 25 years in England and the United States, having separated from Gurdjieff in 1924 personally, for reasons he explains in the last chapter of his book In Search of the Miraculous.
All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from 1915 to 1924. His book In Search of the Miraculous is a recounting of what he learned from Gurdjieff during those years. While lecturing in London in 1924, he announced that he would continue independently the way he had begun in 1921. Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system in 1947, just before his death, but his own recorded words on the subject ("A Record of Meetings", published posthumously) do not clearly endorse this judgement, nor does Ouspensky's emphasis on "you must make a new beginning" after confessing "I've left the system".