Anthony Louis’ Tarot Beyond the Basics is filled with really fascinating ideas, techniques, and practices. His application of drive theory to the four suits was particularly intriguing. Here’s what he says:
Psychologists love to invent theories about what motivates people. For Empedocles, the two basic drives existence are Love and Strife, which in astrology are embodied by the planets Venus and Mars respectively. Freud expressed a similar idea when he reduced human motivation to the two basic urges: libido (sex) and thanatos (the death instinct). Jung became fascinated with the four humors, based on the four elements, and came up with four fundamental personality types. Each
Anthony Louis is well known for his objective and full understanding of the tarot. That is one reason Llewellyn asked him to author this book, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot, for their series “Llewellyn’s Complete Books.” In addition to tons of general information about tarot and its various schools (such as Marseilles, Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth), he also provides a great overview of the individual cards, including their historical meanings. It is really fascinating to trace the evolution of the changes in cards meanings. Here is an example from the book:
Key XVII: The Star.
Astrology: Aquarius, the Water Bearer (an Air sign ruled by Saturn and Uranus).
In just a few months (August, to be precise), Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot by the knowledgeable experienced, and delightful writer Anthony Louis will be available.
He covers the subject of tarot as completely as a concise overview allows and does so objectively, presenting background on the history of tarot as well as the various traditions. Throughout the book, he highlights some important gems from some of tarot’s most influential practitioners.
In this excerpt, he shares an important observation by Aleister Crowley. Many people may miss Crowley’s wisdom because of his reputation. That is too bad because this is important stuff. Too many people think that by reading
The Role of Intuition in Divination
From Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis:
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Intuition is such an important topic in tarot divination that this entire chapter [chapter 4: The Role of Intuition in Divination] is devoted to it. As Francis Bacon suggests, thoughts that come unbidden during a reading are often the most telling. Author Richard Roberts was so impressed by the significance of intuition that he advised his readers to throw away their interpretation books. Please don’t throw away this book, however.
One has to wonder why