Arthur Edward Waite, commonly known as A. E. Waite, was an American-born British poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer R. A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism—viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion."
|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.||Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.||Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance|
|The Empress has been connected with the ideas of universal fecundity and in a general sense with activity.|
|The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.|
|We have now seen that there is no particle of evidence for the Egyptian origin of Tarot cards.|