The Tarot by Alfred Douglas
Review by Nina Lee Braden

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One of my personal favorite tarot books is a small volume by Alfred Douglas called The Tarot: The Origins, Meanings and Other Uses of the Cards. Douglas' book is one that has never sold as well as some other tarot texts, but which most modern tarot scholars respect quite highly. First published in 1972, this book has original drawings of the Tarot by David Sheridan. Sheridan's black and white line drawings are light-hearted and whimsical, but they are strongly connected to traditional tarot symbolism.

Douglas' book begins with a short but thorough and highly accurate history of Tarot. He explores the connections (real or imagined) between Tarot and various other symbol systems. Douglas then gives detailed discussions of each of the Major Arcana, followed by briefer discussions of each Minor Arcana card.

Douglas also has a chapter on reading the tarot which includes three spreads. He also discusses tarot and meditation and has a chapter on the card game of Tarocco, which is still played today in Europe. There are many variations on this card game, but Douglas describes one of the simpler ones. His book is one of the few which does give rules for playing the game of tarot.

The Tarot by Alfred Douglas
Publisher: Viking Press
ISBN#: 0140192395

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Review 1999, 2003 Nina Lee Braden
Page 2003 Diane Wilkes