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                                     August 18 –August 19, 2017 


Visconti-Sforza Tarot  

Friday August 18, 2017

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tracy Gee Community Center

3599 Westcenter

Houston, TX 77042

Topic:  Many a Thing Despised

This lecture will explore the Tarot mystique, the Art of Memory, the history and the mystery of the Sefer Yetzirah or Book of Formation, Prophetic Kabbalah its terminology and magical practice: Chaos and Void, what the Visconti-Sforza Major Arcana is, and how it operates as a mnemonic system, based on the instructions of the Book of Formation that fashion the Countenance of the Divine Man, and a Christian invention based on Jewish mystical teachings.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Houston Lodge of the Theosophical Society

1525 Heights Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77008

Topic: Visconti-Sforza Tarot and the Cherubic Way

This morning’s talk will begin with a review of last evening’s central topics: the Art of Memory, the Book of Formation, and the Visconti Major Arcana as an occult mnemonic system based on the Book of Formation.  Next we’ll explore the hermeneutics of Chariot mysticism, the alphabets of the Book of Formation: Foundation and Being; the Art of Weaving and the 231 gates of Wisdom; and how to make a “Golem.”  The talk will conclude with discussions on The “Who” and the “Why” behind the invention of the Tarot pack, the Prisca Theologia, the Tarot, and the how to arrange one’s life according to the Cherubic Way.

Gary Lee, Presenter

Gary Lee is an honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, class of 1975, with Majors in English, classics, philosophy, and linguistics.  With the mentoring supervision of  Dr. Ernest Kaulbach, who is a noted medieval scholar and author, Gary was able to formulate his own degree plan that focused on the origins and meaning of the Tarot. His article on The Visconti-Sforza Major Arcana as a Periodic Table of Creation and a Path to the Soul’s Redemption was published in Luvah Journal VI.  He has published conference paper entitled “The Visconti-Sforza Tarot as a Sacred Open Secret” and just recently a paper entitled “More Wicked Than Supposed” that establishes a link between the Tarot and Occult mnemonics. He has given lectures on the topic of the Major Arcana of the Visconti-Sforza Tarot to the Jungian Society of North Texas, The Luxlapis Tarot Research Institute of Cape Town, South Africa, in Fez, Morocco, at the New York Open Center, and the Fourth Philosophical Forum in New Haven, Connecticut. The paper on the “Visconti-Sforza deck as a Sacred Open Secret” was presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday February 6th, 2016. He was the only independent scholar invited by the Arizona university system to present. His residence is Dallas, Texas where for twenty plus years he taught English as another language to the refugee population of the Dallas Independent School District. In 2013 he retired to devote full time to his writings, research, and lectures.


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The Lodge meetings are usually on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon and are free and open to the public.  Feel free to bring a friend.

Lien Pham- Ly (Secretary)



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