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!
03 Nov 2011 Leave a Comment
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Our funding drive, which completed yesterday, raised $6,413 towards our target of $15,000. We estimate that with photography, licensing and publication costs (and additional research trips, expenses and conference presentations which were all entirely self-funded) the total budget of this project has reached approximately $20,000. Myself and Marcus Katz have covered, and will cover, any difference between this amount and the funding raised, from our own pockets. This will obviously have a massive impact on our income over the next year, but we know that this event is worth a lifetime of work, so it is not too big a price.
The final photography has now been completed and added to those photographs already from private collections and we are laying out the book at present – an exciting and daunting task. Here’s what will be included:
32 full colour full page images
23 black and white half-page plates
13-15 black and white full page images
3-8 colour full page images (additional)
These images are of the Great Symbols themselves, numbering 22 (corresponding to the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot) + 1 (Da’ath) in colour and b&w; plus many original variant illustrations and sketches of the same in both colour and b&w; plus 22 + 1 plates (the finished b&w versions); plus supplementary photographs relating to those involved in the production of the images.
There will also be a preface, introduction, biographies (featuring new information on A. E. Waite, Pippet and Trinick), text for each image and a commentary on their correspondences to the Tree of Life by Marcus Katz. Our sponsors will all be listed with their websites (if they wish) and there will also be a limited edition bookmark with one of the images and the names of sponsors.
The book will be 8” x 10” and printed on high quality lustre paper in hardback with dustjacket. We estimate that it will be 120pp.
We are looking to price the book very fairly, and estimate at present a price of £55 + postage. We have also decided that to thank all those contributing, however much their amount, the book will be available to all sponsors at a discount rate (say, £45 + postage if the standard price is £55 + postage). We will confirm price & availability shortly as we are waiting on a few final photographs which may change the page total over a publishing price-break.
The book will be produced in limited edition in accord with our licensing agreement and will have a guest scholar preface. We believe this book will be a collector’s item and an essential piece of Tarot history and look forward to presenting it prior to Christmas 2011.