The Pictorial Key to The Tarot

  • by Arthur Edward Waite
  • Narrated by Alec Sand
  • 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Arthur Edward Waite was a profound student of the occult. He was a member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, and made the Tarot accessible to the modern day reader. This classic text for the Rider- Waite deck discusses:-The major and minor arcana.-What each card means.-Reversed card meanings.-How to do a basic reading. The Pictorial Key to The Tarot is ideal for use with the Rider- Waite Deck and the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.


Audible Editor Reviews

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot was written by famed British occultist and longtime author of everything mystic, A. E. Waite, in 1911. This is a classic and esoteric guide for beginners and curious celestial seekers on how to read a 78-set deck of divinatory tarot cards, and dutifully describes the different ways with which to decipher the mystical meanings that some believe are found within the card’s cryptic symbols.
This unabridged audiobook is narrated with commendable plainspokenness and natural insight by Alec Sand.


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Customer Reviews

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Not for everyone.

I'm very glad this was recorded. But I can only recommend it to those who are already familiar with the print version and the author. It's hard to express just how pompous and bombastic Waite is, but the reader does a fantastic job of bringing this incredibly tedious text to life.

If you are looking for a introductory text on the Tarot, it's best to skip this one. If you are familiar with the author and others of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, then this can be an amusing listen.

If you find the author self-important and annoying, you are in good company: people have felt that way about Waite for more a century.
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- JJ

Labyrinthine language, not worth the time!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Mr.Edward Arthur Waite was co-creator of this very popular, perhaps the most popular, Tarot deck, yet I wouldn't have paid cent to listen to him speak live, were I to be transported back in time. The use of language in this book is so obfuscating, indeterminate and labyrinthine that I cannot really say it is worth one listen-though I did that-let alone a second listen. Alec Sand's reading here is eerie to say the least, but the book itself is the problem....and the book is very, very weird.

I can't say what type of person would like it more. That's beyond my ken.

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- Robbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2010
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media