The Babylonian Tarot

by Sandra Cicero

Llewellyn Worldwide | November 7, 2013 | Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

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Over four thousand years ago, the Sumerians built the world''s first cities near the fertile floodplains of ancient Mesopotamia, or Babylonia, as it would later become known. Their sophisticated civilization was so influential that elements of Sumerian culture, including their mythology and alphabet, would survive for millennia.

Traces of Babylonian myth can even be found in the Hebrew Scriptures and, according to Golden Dawn Adept and Tarot artist Sandra Tabatha Cicero, the powerful deities and mysterious incantations of this ancient culture can also be seen as the very root of Western Ceremonial Magick. Babylonian Tarot is beautifully original in concept and design, yet faithful to tarot tradition. The only tarot deck based on the Sumerian mythos, it includes five extra cards-one Trump and four court cards-yet retains the traditional zodiacal, elemental, and planetary associations. The accompanying guidebook includes detailed descriptions of each card, as well as instructions for using the deck in magick and divination.

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 216 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0738707163

ISBN - 13: 9780738707167

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The Babylonian Tarot

The Babylonian Tarot

by Sandra Cicero

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 216 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0738707163

ISBN - 13: 9780738707167

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— Introduction — Babylonian Tarot is based on the cosmology and legends of ancient Mesopotamia which is Greek for "the land between the rivers." Even older than mighty Egypt, Mesopotamia was the original cradle of civilization located in the Fertile Crescent valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers—an area now occupied by modern-day Iraq. Archeologists divide Mesopotamia into two sections: Lower Mesopotamia, which stretched from the river delta at the top of the Persian Gulf to what is now the city of Baghdad, and Upper Mesopotamia, which extended from Baghdad through Eastern Syria to the foothills of the Taurus Mountains in southeastern Turkey. It was in Mesopotamia, or Babylonia as it is often called, that the world’s first cities appeared during the fourth millennium B.C.E. The city of Babylon has long been the primary symbol for all of Mesopotamia. The Biblical stories suggest only negative connotations of the city—hardly an unbiased account. Ironically, many elements of Babylonian spiritual beliefs, practice, and mythos have found their way into the Hebrew Scriptures in such stories as the creation of the universe and the Great Flood. Fortunately recent archeological discoveries have given us a more accurate and balanced description of a vibrant and deeply religious people. The Fertile Crescent was the home of the ancient Sumerians— the builders of the first civilization in Mesopotamia. Their culture eventually outlasted them and becam
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction ix

The Trumps 1

The Wands 67

The Cups 91

The Arrows 119

The Disks 145

Card Spreads 173

Appendix 177

Bibliography

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Over four thousand years ago, the Sumerians built the world''s first cities near the fertile floodplains of ancient Mesopotamia, or Babylonia, as it would later become known. Their sophisticated civilization was so influential that elements of Sumerian culture, including their mythology and alphabet, would survive for millennia.

Traces of Babylonian myth can even be found in the Hebrew Scriptures and, according to Golden Dawn Adept and Tarot artist Sandra Tabatha Cicero, the powerful deities and mysterious incantations of this ancient culture can also be seen as the very root of Western Ceremonial Magick. Babylonian Tarot is beautifully original in concept and design, yet faithful to tarot tradition. The only tarot deck based on the Sumerian mythos, it includes five extra cards-one Trump and four court cards-yet retains the traditional zodiacal, elemental, and planetary associations. The accompanying guidebook includes detailed descriptions of each card, as well as instructions for using the deck in magick and divination.

About the Author

Sandra Tabatha Cicero is a Senior Adept of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.  

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