The Golden Dawn Tarot cards were painted by Robert Wang under the guidance of Francis Israel Regardie. The pictorial imagery on each card is based upon the late-nineteenth century designs of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the notebooks by MacGregor Mathers. The basic design of the cards, following the symbolic framework of the Inner Tradition, was formulated by S. L. Macgregor Mathers. It would appear that the original cards were painted by Mrs. Mathers, an accomplished artist, although they were never printed. The original deck was lent to members of the Inner Order. After experiencing the profound and beautiful ritual of initiation into the grade of Adeptus Minor, one of their tasks was to hand-paint a copy of the esoteric tarot deck. Wang has also written an Introduction to the Golden Dawn Tarot about his deck.
Boxed 78 cards with a 78-page booklet.
Publisher: US Games, Inc., Published: June 1977
Size: 3.2 x 1 x 5 inches, Weight: 0.650 Lbs.
Robert Wang is a medievalist art historian and artist. Creator of The Golden Dawn Tarot Deck and the Qabalistic Tarot in collaboration with the late Israel Regardie, he is also the artist of the Jungian Tarot Deck. His books include studies of Jungian archetypal imagery and of the historical development of such movements as in Hermeticism, Qabalah and Rosicrucianism.
(1907 - 1985)
Francis Israel Regardie was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, and writer who spent much of his life in the United States. He wrote fifteen books on the subject of occultism. Born to a working-class Orthodox Jewish family in the East End of London, Regardie and his family soon moved to Washington, D.C. in the United States. Regardie rejected Orthodox Judaism during his teenage years and took an interest in Theosophy, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jewish mysticism. It was through his interest in yoga that he encountered the writings of the occultist Aleister Crowley. Contacting Crowley, he was invited to serve as the occultist's secretary, necessitating a move to Paris, France in 1928. He followed Crowley to England before their association ended. Living in England, he wrote two books on the Qabalah, A Garden of Pomegranates and The Tree of Life. In 1934 he then joined the Stella Matutina—a ceremonial magic order descended from the defunct Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn—but grew dissatisfied with its leadership and left. He also studied psychology, being particularly influenced by ideas from Jungian psychology, and explored Christian mysticism. In 1937 he returned to the United States. Concerned that the Golden Dawn system of ceremonial magic would be lost, he published the Stella Matutina rituals in a series of books between 1938 and 1940. This entailed breaking his oath of secrecy and brought anger from many other occultists. During the Second World War he served in the U.S. Army. On returning to the U.S., he gained a doctorate in psychology before relocating to Los Angeles in 1947 and setting up practice as a chiropractor. In 1981 he retired and moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he died of a heart attack four years later.
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