The Sacred Tarot [ The Brotherhood of Light ]. C. C. ZAIN, Elbert Benjamine.

The Sacred Tarot [ The Brotherhood of Light ].

Los Angeles, CA: The Church of Light, ND [ 1936 ]. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. 416pp.+ xvi page "test" on the text. Black faux leather lettered in gilt on spine & front board. B/w illustrations. C. C. Zain, (aka Elbert Benjamine, 1882 -1951) was a well-known occultist, author, astrologer, and teacher of esoteric sciences. Zain rose to prominence in the Brotherhood of Light and wrote many of its practical lessons. In 1915 he moved to Los Angeles where he founded the Church of Light and lectured and wrote on occultism. This volume comprises the 13 separate lessons which combined make up his "Sacred Tarot", they are: "Doctrine of Kabalism", "Foundation of the Science", "Scope and Use of the Tarot", "Involution and Evolution of Numbers", "Reading the Meaning of Numbers", "Making an Astrological Chart of a Name", "Influence of Changing the Name", "Reading Names in Detail", "The Color of a Name", "Natural Talismans and Artificial Charms", "Chronology of the Tarot", "The Solution of Ancient Cycles", and "How to Read the Tarot". Interestingly the works draw heavily from writers of the Golden Dawn, including MacGregor Mathers and A. E. Waite. The lessons were also issued individually as pamphlets. Each of the lessons in this volume has a copyright date of 1935 or 1936, and this is the scarce hardcover first edition, issued circa 1936. A much used copy of this First Edition. Boards a bit rubbed with bruising and chafing to the edges and points, corners bumped, pages edges thumbed, bookplate and bookshop label on front pastedown, lacking front blank, crayon scribbles on rear blank endpapers and a few pages, light scattered underlining to text. Still a serviceable Good copy. Item #66235

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