Seeing the World – Jean-Claude Flornoy

A guide to the Tarot with a particular focus on the earliest known versions of the Jean Noblet cards.


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Editions le Tarot: 2o18. Paperback, 332 pages. New.

Subtitled Tarot Signposts on the Path to Perception, Seeing the World is both a history of the Tarot and a practical guide to its use. Jean-Claude Flornoy (1950-2011) was a specialist in the history of French Tarot, and played a key role in the restoration of the Jean Noblet and Jean Dodal Tarot Decks. In this fascinating work, translated from the French and annotated by David Vine, Flornoy takes the reader through the history of the Tarot, its relationship with both Kabbalah and Sufism, and focuses in particular on the early versions of the Marseille decks – the Jean Noblet cards of 1650. He also gives a thorough guide to each of the cards, their interpretation and symbolism, and their relationship with spiritual traditions. Combining personal insights, practical exercises and real-life examples of the power of the Tarot, Seeing the World is a unique guide to the practice of Tarot reading and its history.

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