Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tarot deck is #1 selling foreign book on Amazon Japan!

I happen to live in Japan and It is a very interesting fact that, for a number of years now, the Rider - Waite - Smith Tarot deck, the most popular pack of esoteric Tarots of the last century, has persistently been ranked as the number one selling foreign language book on Amazon Japan !

left: The Giant Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot.
Right: My first Tarot deck, purchased from a book shop when I was 13 years old.

The Rider-Waite Tarot (a.k.a., the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot) published by U.S. Games Systems ranked higher than the Official Guide to the TOEFL English test and the latest Harry Potter book on Amazon Japan!




Link: View Amazon Japan's top ranking foreign language books


Cards from the Rider -Waite -Smith Tarot
Cards from the Rider -Waite -Smith Tarot
Cards from the Rider -Waite -Smith Tarot
Key XXI THE WORLD card from the Rider -Waite -Smith Tarot
Did you know that the pack of cards known as Tarot is actually considered a book?

For centuries the pack of Tarot cards has been known as a book of esoteric or mystical knowledge and has been called... 

"God's Picture Book," 
or conversely "The Devil's Picture Book," 
or especially "The Book of Thoth," a habit started by 18th century occultists who were greatly influenced by all things Egyptian.
(Thoth being the name of the Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom ).

BOOK OF THOTH


THOTH Tarot deck
Aleister Crowley, the 20th century's most famous (and infamous) occultist designed and created, along with artist Lady Frieda Harris, arguably one of the best esoteric Tarot packs ever created.

The Book of Thoth, or the THOTH Tarot, is also a very popular deck of Tarot cards.
We will examine this Tarot more closely in the future.

Crowley's book on the subject is                 also titled THE BOOK OF THOTH.    

My well-used copy of  'The Book of Thoth', by Aleister Crowley. 1974 Level Press
Originally published 1944.



LIVRE DE THOT / BOOK OF THOTH
French "Egyptian Tarots"
We will look more closely at these interesting Etteilla style Tarots in a future blog. For now enjoy some of the images which are unknown to many people new to Tarot.

Two old French Etteilla style tarot decks from my collection.
1. Tarot Egyptien / Livre De Thot (Egyptian Tarot / Book of Thoth). ÉDITIONS DUSSERRE
2. Grand Etteilla Ou Tarots Egyptiens. GRIMAUD
Tarot Egyptien Etteilla, Grand Jeu de Oracle des Dames, Methode d' Etteilla et du Livre de Thot.
ÉDITIONS DUSSERRE
Tarot Egyptien Etteilla, Grand Jeu de Oracle des Dames, Methode d' Etteilla et du Livre de Thot.
ÉDITIONS DUSSERRE

Tarot Egyptien Etteilla, Grand Jeu de Oracle des Dames, Methode d' Etteilla et du Livre de Thot.
ÉDITIONS DUSSERRE

Grand Etteilla Ou Tarots Egyptiens.
GRIMAUD

Grand Etteilla Ou Tarots Egyptiens.
GRIMAUD

Grand Etteilla Ou Tarots Egyptiens.
GRIMAUD


THE DEVIL'S PICTURE BOOK / 
GOD'S PICTURE BOOK
'The Devil's Picturebook, The Compleat Guide to the Tarot Cards' with dust jacket. From my collection.
by: Paul Huson, 1971

The Devil's Picturebook, The Compleat Guide to the Tarot Cards
by: Paul Huson is even more handsome without the dust jacket.
1971

The Devil's Picturebook, The Compleat Guide to the Tarot Cards
by: Paul Huson
1971

The Devil's Picturebook, The Compleat Guide to the Tarot Cards by: Paul Huson
1971
The Tarot pack, with it's mysterious images, figures, numerology, and symbols, has been regarded as both a simple card game by the masses and as a book of ancient wisdom to those initiated into it's deeper meaning.

If you live in Japan in the Kansai area, please join us as we study the Tarot in more detail and how to use the Tarot to enrich your own life with the 
ARCANA TAROT STUDY GROUP in OSAKA, JAPAN.

https://www.facebook.com/ArcanaTarotOsaka/

http://www.eikaiwa-artemis.com



Course Instructor : Sonny Gardner

Born in the U.S.A.. Over 30 years of experience with Tarot, Meditation and related subjects.