Sunday, May 10, 2009

#82 Mythology - Conversations with Richard Roberts, part 5

We are continuing our series of conversations with an author, a poet, a Tarot scholar and a mythologist Richard Roberts.

In the 1960s, Alan Watts presented Roberts with a letter of introduction to Joseph Campbell, which led to a 20-year mentorship with the famed scholar of mythology – a partnership which included collaborating in seminars and writing books, and which lasted through the remainder of Campbell’s life.

In his college days, Roberts had vowed never to write a novel until he had an idea no writer before him ever had. In a vision, he conceived of a book in which his characters would “go into” other literary classics and interact with the characters, all the while writing in the style of the original authors of those classics. Roberts regards the resulting book, The Wind & The Wizard, as his life’s masterwork.

In this episode, Richard Roberts illuminates some details about Tarot and Numerology, specifically the “Magic 9” Arrangement of the Major Arcana. He also reads a few excerpts from Colin Wilson’s introduction to Richard’s and Joe’s book Tarot Revelations.

  • * The “Magic 9” Arrangement
    • Numerology influence on the arrangement of the Major Arcana
  • Colin Wilson’s introduction to Tarot Revelations

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