The Renaissance period of Europe is often seen as a period in which religious and social reform merged with scientific discovery and artistic patronage unparalleled in history. The carte di trionfi emerged from these turbulent times, a product of artistic genius and the rediscovered philosophies of the ancients.
Through the centuries of its existence the symbolic book of theTarot has expressed a kind of perennial wisdom, despite translations and adaptations. Because it exists primarily as symbols, it endures the degradations of time, unlike many writings and teachings.
This class examines the structure and history of the Tarot, as well as its roots in the hermetic traditions of Astrology, Alchemy, Numerology, and other studies of antiquity. Its modern relevance will also be examined.