Second-Tier Tarot Resources

Literature on the Tarot is seemingly endless and the quality is varied, to say the least.  But  because each of us is approaching these cards with our own unique background, talents, and temperament, it seems good to at least provide some sampling of other other Tarot resources in addition to our more focused MOTT Study Guides, which are of primary importance (scroll down for more details).  The idea is to offer the increasing numbers of random visitors to this site some immediate points of contact with the symbolism of the Tarot with a view to 1) not sending anyone away empty handed (in the event that Meditations on the Tarot proves too much for some people on their  initial visit), and 2) whetting everyone’s appetite for the deeper insights that can be gleaned from a more extensive, firsthand  study of the Meditations, themselves (by each of us, Lord willing, in the fullness of time).   Rather than trying to give an exhaustive account of these secondary authors’ analyses, we will focus on those elements which seem in some way consistent with or at least tangentially related to our Anonymous Author‘s approach.  These second tier tarot resources can be found under the Divigation menu item, as follows:

Divigation =>

Second Tier Tarot Resources =>

— The Fool
1. The Magician
2. The High Priestess
3. The Empress
4. The Emperor
(more to follow)

By and large, these second (and even third) tier resources have not been chosen with great care, but are (for the most part) what we have found to be readily available and easily accessible on the Internet.   Some of them are  light-weights, indeed, compared to our Anonymous Author and will be poo-pooed by our more sophisticated readers–perhaps rightly so.  Some are undeniably brilliant (established philosophers and/or top-notch scholars in their own right) and may be worthy of more attention than we will give them here.  But however that may be, we trust that all of them will contribute something of value to someone’s studies and to our overarching exploration of Christian Hermeticsm.  Others may be added in the future, but here is what we have collected so far (each author being presented, at first, in reverse alphabetical order) — scroll down for more bibliographical detail and links to online resources:

  • A. E. Waite (together with Pamela Coleman Smith) is responsible for the modern Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck.
  • P.D. Ouspensky is a brilliant philosopher in his own right (not to mention his long association with George Gurdjieff).
  • Amber Jayanti is a long-time student of Tarot, Yoga, and Qabalah.  She offers a brief archetypical description of each of the Major Arcana in Tarot for Dummies and a more in-depth look at them in Living the Qabalistic Tarot.
  • Stephan Hoeller is a first-rate scholar and teacher who also provides us with an introduction to a Kabbalistic view of the Tarot.
  • Cynthia Giles has a PhD in the humanities, specializing in Jungian studies.  She offers a  particularly concise presentation of the (apparent) history of the Tarot as well as a rather substantial (25 page) annotated bibliography.
  • Joan Bunning has a degree in Psychology and a delightful writing style that promises to engage and edify most anyone on some level (whether young or old, rich or poor, ignorant or erudite).

As indicated above, there is seemingly no end to the articles and books that have been written– and are being written –on the Tarot.  We mentioned Cynthia Giles 25 page bibliography, above, and Joan Bunning, too, offers a rather substantial bibliography of her own.  Below is some bibliographical information on these second-tier resources — together with links to purchase from Amazon, to online versions (if available),  and finally, to some online biographical details–just click on the author’s name or photograph:

Bunning, JoanLearning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners.
joan bunningOnline version:
Purchase from Amazon:
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1578630487
ISBN-13: 978-1578630486

Giles, Cynthia. The Tarot: History, Mystery & Lore.
cynthia gilesPurchase from Amazon
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (October 1, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0671891014
ISBN-13: 978-0671891015

Hoeller, Stephan.  The Fools Pilgrimage: A Kabbalistic Meditation on the Tarot.
hoellerPurchase on Amazon:
Paperback: 132 pages
Publisher: Quest Books; 2nd edition (May 25, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0835608395
ISBN-13: 978-0835608398

Jayanti, AmberTarot for Dummies
amber_newPurchase from Amazon:
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 15, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764553615
ISBN-13: 978-0764553615
[see also Living the Qabalistic Tarot]

Ouspensky, P.D.  The Symbolism of the Tarot.
P._D._Ouspensky_(1878-1947)Online versions: HTML or PDF
Purchase on Amazon:
Paperback: 66 pages
Publisher: Martino Fine Books (January 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161427391X
ISBN-13: 978-1614273912

Waite, A.E.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
150px-ArthurEdwardWaite~1880Online versions: HTML or PDF
Purchase on Amazon
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Martino Fine Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614273030
ISBN-13: 978-1614273035

tombergFor more information on our Anonymous Author and Meditaitons on the Tarot, please check out our MOTT Web-Links.  Or, follow the link below and begin immersing yourself in the current of the living tradition straight away.

–> Dear Unknown Friend

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