I've been interested in the tarot for a long time; a simple card game on the one hand; but with fascinating images on the other. I've learned a lot from the writings of members here on how this apparent paradox can be resolved; and hope I can add a valid thought or two to the effort.
Thank you for this forum. I was especially attracted to your discussions on the History of the Tarot of Marseilles. Very happy to sit down at your feet for a while.
My first foray will be to seek out what is being said about Allegorical layouts. Especially the one introduced by Whitley Strieber in his book "The Path". Taking his discussion with a grain of salt I have none-the-less been enthralled with the obvious intention behind the arrangement (pg 41). The philosophy that leaps out of it suggests so much about the attainment of its creators. This of coarse would predate Gurdjieff but point to his influences.
If I can't find a suitable discussion already under way I will start one soon. I will want to know if there are other references to the above layout, or is Strieber to be credited for bringing it out for us to see. Also, are there other ways of laying out the cards besides the traditional 3 x 7 "Trionfi" display. Other layouts that people have found to reveal a coherent relationship story?