The Hermetic Tarot was published in 1979 by US Games Systems Inc. (copyright mentioned on the cards). The booklet shows a copyright of 1980. This first edition was printed in Spain by Fournier and distributed by US Games System Inc. We don’t know how big the first print run was, but according to the enclosed control paper, this one might be copy number 5618.
The cards are printed entirely in black and white and the details and symbols in each card reveal many of the esoteric workings of the Secret Order of the Golden Dawn, which flourished around the turn of the century.
In 1929, Manly Palmer Hall, founder of the Philosophical Research Society (it still exists), compiled a tarot deck designed by J. Augustus Knapp. In this deck, like in many others, we will find Hebrew characters and French titles, close to the Tarot de Marseille (TdM). The sequence of the cards follows the traditional pattern: VIII is Justice (la Justice) and XI shows Strength. The cards of the Minor Arcana are not illustrated.
The Meditation Symbols added to the design by Manly P. Hall are not explained. Their significance must be discovered by internal experience, expanding the meaning of the cards on which they appear.
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