Notes: Samuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers

samuelmathersSamuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers (1854-1918) was the Chief of the Second Order of the Golden Dawn and an author of many books. His book, The Tarot: A Short Treatise on Reading Cards, was essential to our modern understanding of Tarot card meaning. With the help of his wife, Moina, he gave the cards symbolism deeper meanings than what was common at that time. There is some mystery surrounding his death. His wife believed he died of “exhaustion from years of work with the secret Chiefs of the Third Order.” At any rate, his place of burial is unknown.

Selected Bibliography:
The Tarot: A Short Treatise on Reading Cards
The Fall of Granada: A Poem in Six Duans
The Qabbalah Unveiled
Egyptian Symbolism
The Grimoire of Armadel
The Tarot, Its Occult Significance and Methods of Play
The Key of Solomon the King: Clavicula Solomonis
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
Astral Projection Ritual Magic and Alchemy

Additional information: Golden Dawn


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