|Arthur Edward Waite|
Arthur Edward Waite in the early 1880s
2 October 1857|
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Died||19 May 1942
|Resting place||Bishopsbourne Village, in the county of Kent, England|
|Known for||Rider-Waite Tarot deck|
|Spouse(s)||Ada Lakeman, Mary Broadbent Schofield|
|Parent(s)||Captain Charles F. Waite, Emma Lovell|
Behind the man is the Tree of Life, bearing twelve fruits, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is behind the woman; the serpent is twining round it.
It will be thought that I am acting strangely in concerning myself at this day with what appears at first sight and simply a well-known method of fortune-telling.
The Empress has been connected with the ideas of universal fecundity and in a general sense with activity.
We have now seen that there is no particle of evidence for the Egyptian origin of Tarot cards.
The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.
If in any divination the Tenth Card should be a Court Card, it shews that the subject of the divination falls ultimately into the hands of a person represented by that card, and its end depends mainly on him.
Now, occultism is not like mystic faculty, and it very seldom works in harmony either with business aptitude in the things of ordinary life or with a knowledge of the canons of evidence in its own sphere.