Today marks the 16th anniversary of Tchalaï’s passing, and we invite readers to consult the revised biography and bibliography of this remarkable woman, tarologist extraordinaire, here, as well as the following excerpts from her works:
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In the meantime, I had worked a lot with the Tarot of Marseilles, not as a divinatory tool, but as a model of the universe; I even wrote the booklet that has accompanied this deck since 1981, and have become acutely aware of the power of images; the “card” possesses an energetic charge which, in a way, directly reaches the deepest layers of the psyche of the observer, without passing through the purview of the intellect. Unfortunately, this perception finds itself, in most people (especially the more evolved), deformed by the filter of a symbolic system. As we encounter as many symbolic systems as there are spiritual movements, and as they are almost always altered or modified, we quickly go astray… We forget that the Tarot is a Model of the Universe, in the same way as all the other great spiritual paths of knowledge, or mathematical systems, such as quantum mechanics, for instance.
– Tchalaï Unger, Le Véritable Tarot Tzigane : Le tarot tzigane et son âme, éditions Trajéctoire, 2001, p. 15.
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