Qabalistic Tarot

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The first edition of Robert Wang's Qabalistic Tarot

Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy


Publication details

ISBN 0877286728 (1983)

ISBN 0971559139 (2004, revised ed.)

date of publication


2004 (revised)


Samuel Weiser (1983)

Marcus Aurelius Press (2004, revised ed.)


Considered a classic by many, Wang's Qabalistic Tarot is a serious study of Hermetic Qabalah and a solid overview of its application to the Tarot. Wangs begins with a cursory overview of Qabalah and its development over the centuries, leading up to the connection between esoteric Tarot and the Qabalistic system of the Golden Dawn, and being careful to distinguish between Jewish Kabbalah and esoteric, Hermetic Qabalah. Wang then takes the deck a card at a time, discussing each's connection to Qabalah and the ways in which Qabalah is illuminated by study of the Tarot. The book is illustrated with 4 decks: the author's Golden Dawn Tarot, the Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot, the Waite-Smith Tarot, and the Marseille Tarot. In the 20+ years since its publication, other books have covered similar information with greater humor or accessibility, but none so comprehensively or as concisely.

Author's comments

Preface to the 2004 revised edition

"He traces the development of Qabalistic ideas from the Neoplatonic through the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern periods, systematically discussing each Sephira and Path on the Tree of Life. He uses the Tarot images as a point of visual reference, and provides a thorough explanation of the symbolic intricacies of the Paths. The Qabalistic Tarot is recommended as a comprehensive textbook for individual study or for the classroom."

Robert Wang is a medievalist art historian/artist. He is the creator of the Golden Dawn Tarot Deck in collaboration with the late Israel Regardie and is the artist of the acclaimed Jungian Tarot Deck. His books include studies of Jungian archetypal imagery and of the historical development of such movements as Hermetic Qabalah and Rosicrucianism. Paintings by Robert Wang include the first complete illustrations for Grimms' Fairy Tales and The Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe.

Author's website

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