(formerly titled The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot Deck)
by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero
its inception 100 years ago, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has continued
to be the authority on the initiatory and meditative teachings of the Tarot. The
Golden Dawn used certain cards in its initiation rituals. Now the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot incorporates all of the temple symbolism
needed for use in the Golden Dawn rituals.
Encouraged by famed
occultist Israel Regardie himself, this stunning deck masterfully blends
traditional tarot imagery with the descriptions from Golden Dawn initiation
ceremonies. For more than a century, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has
laid the foundation for modern ceremonial magical work and continues to make
tarot studies an integral part of Order participation.
and author Sandra Tabatha Cicero, a renowned Golden Dawn adept, has created the
first tarot deck to incorporate the symbolism necessary for use in rituals. In
accordance with Golden Dawn requirements, the deck includes two versions of the
Temperance card. The proper Hebrew letters, planetary and zodiacal symbols are
depicted on each card. Flashing colors on each card illustrate the specific
elemental energy involved, a technique designed to enhance the reader’s
psychic perception of the cards’ meaning and symbolism.
minor arcana card is beautifully designed to include the Color Scales of the
Four Worlds of the Qabalah. The accompanying book gives the student an
introduction to the Qabalistic symbolism of the deck, including spreads for
divination and ways to incorporate the deck into meditation and ritual work.
Golden Dawn Magical Tarot skillfully blends the descriptions given in Golden
Dawn initiation ceremonies with traditional tarot imagery. This powerful tool
for divination and spiritual growth is perfect for anyone interested in tarot,
the Golden Dawn, and the Western magical tradition."
New Worlds of Mind and Spirit, Sept/Oct 2000
"As a long standing student and teacher of the
Qabala I found the book and associated tarot card deck to be a refreshing
addition to Qabalistic knowledge. It is always great when new (previously
private) knowledge is revealed. I thank the author for this. I can do no more
than highly recommend this set of Golden Dawn Tarot cards to you for your
reader from Sorell, Tasmania, Oct. 16, 2000
"This golden dawn of tarot set is great for any answers
you might be looking for. It follows the Qabalah and has a section in the book
that explains the Qabalah's mystical tree of life. ... This is also one of the
only decks of the later twentieth century to be approved by a member of the
from Aspermont, Texas, April 30, 2000
"ideal for the beginning student. It is clearly written and easy to follow.
Especially appreciated are the consistent explanations of the cards in the
minor arcana, making the patterns formed by the interaction of the symbols
(zodiacal, qabalistic etc.) apparent and understandable. The book is also
worth a read by the more advanced student, as there are some interesting
insights. Also of note are the rituals for Tarot use given at the end of
the book, and a new 10 card spread, which I prefer to the 15 card spread
or the Celtic Cross."
Tara, Pyramis, Issue 2, 1991
"This is definitely a book of considerable
technical caliber, and it will appeal to expert Tarot readers. Nevertheless,
it is written in a style which is easily absorbed and understood and Tarot
beginners should not feel deterred from studying this comprehensive work.
The authors offer a clear and responsible approach to a complex subject which
they lead readers through in well-ordered easy steps."
Sirius, Issue # 67, August 1991
"This book is experienced, not read.
[.] The beginner will come away with a good basic understanding and the master
may find some very useful ritual work outlined here. Overall, I would recommend
this book to all users of the Tarot."
Black Hawk, P.A.N. Pipes, August 1991
"The material concerning each card can
be used for learning, for meditation, and for enhancing ritual and pathworkings
based on the Arcanas. Furthermore, the book's last chapter, on ritual work
and divination is excellent. This chapter includes information on the Ritual
Bath, Tarot Consecration, Tarot Meditation, Tarot Talismans, Astral Projection
using the Tarot, and Dream Work with the Tarot, besides explanations on Tarot
Carmenta, Stonescenes, Autumn 1991
deck is highly recommended above all else for a few good reasons. First
and foremost, the symbolism found in each deck differs from the Golden
Dawn system of Magick. Although each deck has similar references, The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot uses symbols, colors, tools and other correspondences that are linked
to the Golden Dawn system accurately. Not only to the Golden Dawn, but
towards the Qabalah, and the Tree of Life. [...] For an overall
outlook, we can see that The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot is
the most qualified deck for studies in the Golden Dawn System. Its
symbolism works perfectly with the Qabalah, and the Tree of Life."
Frater P.C.L. The Tablets of Thoth, Aug/Sept 1993
Golden Dawn Magical Tarot by Chic Cicero
and Sandra Tabatha Cicero
St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1997,
79 cards/192 pp, ISBN
Available from Llewellyn Publications
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