04 Dec 2011 Leave a Comment
We have some new information on one of the photos in the Waite-Trinick Tarot book, Abiding in the Sanctuary. We have also been receiving some wonderful feedback from those who have now started to receive their book. Everyone is delighted with the speed of delivery, the quality and the presentation, so we are now waiting on considered reviews of the content.
We have put up a new site where we will be updating erratum, and other points with regard to the book:
That’s where you’ll also see that new – somewhat brilliant – piece of extra information about one of the photographs.
Here’s some of the feedback we have received so far:
“Abiding in the Sanctuary awaited me when I arrived home from a long working day away. It glowed through the carton in a strange white-silver misty festive light (like the halo of old gas-lamps). I am lost for words. The images have an entirely unique quality, they are definitely not meant for cards…. I will write more, when I have regained myself.” S.
“Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. Abiding in the Sanctuary has arrived at my home this evening. I can hardly believe I have access to it. WHAT a gorgeous book it is, well worth the (short) wait and well worth the money. I cannot review it as I haven’t yet read one word of it, but I can assure anyone who hasn’t seen it yet that it’s stunningly beautiful and the contents look incredibly promising. Some of the illustrations have already brought tears to my eyes.” M.
“I just cannot believe how quickly this book arrived at my house – just as Tarosophy did a few months back. I am thrilled with it. Am forcing myself to read it front to back so have just gotten to the start of the Trinick biography, and haven’t yet done more than flip through the amazing images at the back–I want to get to them in order and read the background first. Have enjoyed hearing about the synchronicities involved in the research and publication. This is truly a treasure of a project.” M.
“…this book is stunning! It arrived today, and I have just begun to lose myself in these amazing images. I look forward to reading it this weekend. The book is beautifully produced, too. I am thriled to have a copy of this important historical work. It will be a cherished part of my collection.” R.
“Abiding in the Sanctuary arrived today. A profound, sacred work …. having the tracing boards by Frieda Harris included was a nice surprise. Looking forward to immersing myself into this.” T.
“Got it 5 minutes ago…. Abiding in the Sanctuary has arrived! Super fast delivery, excellent packaging! The quality is second to none! The pages are full of fabulous! Stunning, every bit! Sumptuous Read. Absolutely Exquisite. I can feel the ‘Work without lust of result’. All focus, Love of research for this project…. It is felt.” G.
“OMG…. it’s just arrived and I am swooning… did a ‘sensing’ over it before opening and got some amazing pictures… Wow. I’m hibernating now so I can go cover to beautiful cover with it. I absolutely know the layers upon layers upon layers of existence …. actually, they are in moving conical swirls on the pages. Magic is as magic does. The respect and honouring of such material is booming out of the pages. I am so so so glad I have a copy … Words are not enough.” C.
“I just received my copy of Abiding in the Sanctuary in the mail. Oh Joy! Oh Bliss!
Awesome. Transcendental. Mind boggling. Exquisite. Beautiful. Thought provoking. Enlightening.
I love the back story on Waite, Trinick, Pippet, et al. I learned more about Waite and got introduced to the others. The material sets the context of the illustrations that follow.
Wondrous. Beautiful. Mystic. Inspiring. Emotional.
I could not stop staring at the images. I reviewed them quickly for an overall first glance, and then I reviewed each one of them slowly and quietly. They were amazing. I wish that these had been produced as a final deck of trumps. We can still wish…
To think that these images have been asleep for decades, just waiting for the right person or persons to awaken them from their slumber. I’m so happy and thankful that Tali and Marcus took on the task of doing so. I can’t imagine the thrill and excitement they must of experienced when they first laid their eyes on these images. The love that they put into their work, however, is quite evident, and I’m glad they brought them forth into the Tarot community as they did.” M.
[All testimonials are genuine and can be sourced on our Facebook Wall]
26 Nov 2011 Leave a Comment
It is with delight I can announce the historic publication of the Waite-Trinick Tarot book, Abiding in the Sanctuary.
Abiding in the Sanctuary: The Waite-Trinick Tarot, A Christian Mystical Tarot (1917-1923) is now published and available in a limited edition hardback copy of 186pp with over 80 full-page colour and b&w photographs, illustrations, charts and tables. There are only 250 copies of this historic book available and it is likely to sell out quickly. It includes a preface by Mary K. Greer, biographies and backgrounds on Waite, Trinick, Pipppet and H. M. Duncan from my research, and a commentary on the images by Marcus Katz, with a double-page spread of the Tree of Life and the correspondences of the images and Hebrew letters. The book also contains two methods of working with Tarot published for the first time, Lectio Divina (“Divine Reading”) and the Formula of Paradise, both of which are ways of working with sacred texts – or in this case, images.
Whilst I complete my article on “Waite’s Women” for our Tarosophist International magazine, issue 13, which is available free for all members of Tarot Professionals – and for purchase by the public – I thought we could time-travel today to the year 1557, the year in which Anne of Cleves, the last of Henry VIII’s wives to die, passed away, and the year in which Mary of England and Philip of Spain waged war against France.
In 1557, Catelin Geofroy of Lyon, France, created a fanciful Tarot deck in which we see the earliest ordering of the Majors in the “Marseilles” fashion. The four suits are Lions, Monkeys, Pheasants and Parrots.
Also in that same year, 1557, Jerome Cardan , a 16th century mathematician, wrote De rerum varietate and included in it a strange symbol for the planet Saturn.
And finally in 1557, in Venice, Peregrinaggio di tre giovani figliuoli del re di Serendippo was published by Michele Tramezzino, “a tale of the three Princes of Serendip” (the Persian name for Sri Lanka).
How these three latter events come together is in the nature of serendipity.
It was Horace Walpole (1717–1792) who coined that term, serendipity, referring back to his memory of the Persian folk tale of the three princes. In the folk tale, the Princes use seemingly random clues to find a camel, which they deduce is lame, blind in one eye, missing a tooth, carrying a pregnant woman, and bearing honey on one side and butter on the other. It turns out in the story that this apparently ridiculous conclusion is true, and their sagacity is rewarded.
In research, the presence of serendipity brings “happy accidents” in its wake. One goes looking for a birth certificate for one person, only to accidentally find a war record for another – and then, to later recall that name because it turns up again in another context. The art of the Sage is to connect the accidents, for there truly are no coincidences when following a calling. The Waite-Trinick project has been blessed with serendipity throughout and it is a pleasure to bring it to publication.
So what of those three events in 1557? Well, the ZOSO symbol used for Saturn in 1557 became embedded in Marcus Katz’s unconscious mind via Jimmy Page’s usage of it, only to emerge again as the embedded O-S-O symbol in Tarosophy. It there stands for Saturn, meaning Tradition, the old within the new. The tale of the Three Princes written in 1557 gave me the title for this article, as I was thinking about writing about serendipity. The creation of that particular Tarot deck in 1557 gives us a comparison about the ordering of the Waite-Trinick Tarot images, which we explore in the book.
In every year, like 1557, some seeds are planted, and others are nurtured. In every year some seeds, long buried, come to their fruition. We rarely know when we are creating something that a century later will be read, studied, looked upon or researched and sometimes we find ourselves called into the field to do some digging.
I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labour on the Waite-Trinick book and find within it a renewal of the mystery, majesty, and marvel of Tarot, a never-ceasing story of serendipity.
I look forward to more time-travelling Tarot with you again in the future!
07 Nov 2011 Leave a Comment
A Historic Day in Tarot
The British Museum, following our payment for photography from the funding drive, has now made available for viewing our commissioned photographs from the Great Symbols of the Paths album by J. B. Trinick and Wilfred Pippet. As we pledged, these divine Tarot images, hidden for almost a century and lying forgotten in the British Museum since 1973 are now made available for the benefit of all private researchers and interested parties.
This historic discovery and event has been made entirely possible by the research work of Tali Goodwin and the funding support of 100 people, who will be named in our forthcoming book, Abiding in the Sanctuary.
Please note that these are not the entirety of images – the BM are still photographing several images missing from those taken to date – nor do they include the text within the album which is subject to known copyright.
You are encouraged to view the images, however, you must strictly observe that these remain © Trustees of the British Museum, and must not be used on websites, etc., without appropriate permissions and licensing.
Also note that these are not the “final” coloured versions which are housed in private collection, and photographs of which will be included in addition to these images and other photographs in Abiding in the Sanctuary. We look forward to providing the full set, commentary, correspondences and other research & photography supporting the images.
We would again like to thank all those who have donated to the project to realise this first stage of our ambition. You have provided the Tarot community the greatest of services.
Tali Goodwin & Marcus Katz