Builders Of The Adytum: Tarot by Paul Foster Case
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Paul Foster Case October 3, — March 2, was an American occultist of the early 20th century and author of numerous books on occult tarot and Qabalah. Perhaps his greatest contributions to the field of occultism were the lessons he wrote for associate members of Builders of the Adytum or B. The knowledge lectures given to initiated members of the chapters of the B.
Paul Foster Case
The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages
Almost similar enough to the Rider-Waite to be classed as a clone deck, The Builders of the Adytum Tarot is printed in black and white only and is intended to be coloured by the user. To start with, I had to look up "adytum" in a dictionary, which defines the word as the innermost room or shrine in certain old temples, to be entered only by a priest, or a sanctum. So, there is a mystery tradition associated with this deck. Well, I'm here to talk about the deck I hold in my hand, and not the mysteries the deck may be about. I purchased my deck shrink wrapped, without a box and without a booklet.
Case uses a modified Rider-Waite version of the Tarot called the Builders of the Adytum, which he designed himself to be more in line with his own comprehensions. Case was an early twentieth-century occultist and author who began his path in the theater and working as a stage magician. His interest in Tarot in particular came after the a fellow occultist asked him where he thought playing cards came from, and from that research he entered into a lifelong study of the Tarot, esotericism, and yogic practices. The Tarot is a useful primer of the basics of Western occultism as each chapter contains a detailed explanation of the Tarot card and its associated Hebrew letter, numerical value, astrology sign, planet, color, musical note, and Kabbalistic significance. For someone new to occult studies it is useful to learn about the language and vocabulary of Western occultism contained within these teachings.
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The B. Tarot was created by Paul Foster Case , founder of B. Although it is based upon, and for the most part closely resembles, Arthur Edward Waite 's Rider-Waite deck ,  Case changed what he said were mistakes or "blinds" on part of Waite. Tarot is presented in several editions: the standard-sized full deck and a larger version containing only the Major Arcana trump cards; often called 'tarot keys' by Case are black and white, since Case believed that every student needed to color their own deck. After his death, the Major Arcana became also available in color.