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Alessandra Filiaci

Alessandra Filiaci was born in Rome in 1964. At a very young age she discovered the works of W.W. Atkinson and R. Guénon, texts on mysticism and oriental philosophy, Greek mythology, study of symbols, Tarot, astrology, the I Ching. The innate thirst for knowledge and the humanistic culture have provided the basis of her personal Inner Path, drawing sap from the study of historical-religious and esoteric themes and the teachings of various Spiritual Masters.

Writer, poetess, Reiki Master, she is the author of the books:

Reiki - Il cuore e la mente. Esperienze e scoperte in un diario di viaggio (Terre Sommerse edizioni, Roma 2020);

Oltre il tempo e lo spazio. Raccolta di poesie (Terre Sommerse edizioni, Roma 2018);

I Tarocchi della Nuova Era. Percorso spirituale, divinazione, applicazioni ludiche (Terre Sommerse edizioni, Roma 2017);

I Tarocchi. Il Sentiero degli uomini e degli dei (Bastogi Editrice Italiana, Foggia 1999).

She is the creator of Tarosofia, a system of study and creative use of the Tarot. She is a member of the Theosophical Society.




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Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle, wearing the breastplate by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, (1836-1902) Jewish Museum, New York (Public Domain)

The Israelites’ Lost Urim And Tummim, Divine Divination Of Yahweh

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The Egyptian Expedition under the orders of Bonaparte, painting by Léon Cogniet (early 19th century) (Public Domain)

Egyptomania: Multitasking Mummies Of The 19th Century

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Examination of a Witch by Tompkins Harrison Matteson, inspired by the Salem witch trials (1853) (Public Domain)

Strixology: Recording Diabolical Practices Of Renaissance European Witch Hunts

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Deer, antelope and predators. Aberdeen Bestiary (12th century) (Public Domain)

Meaningful Sacred And Profane Medieval Bestiaries

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The Befana with sweet coal and candy on wooden background. Italian Epiphany day tradition (vetre/Adobe Stock)

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Interior of a Gothic Cathedral by Paul Vredeman de Vries (1612) Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Public Domain)

The Language And Symbolism Embedded In Medieval Stone Bibles

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The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, John Reinhard Weguelin, 1886 ( Public Domain )

Therapies, Pseudo-Science And Bizarre Remedies Of Egyptian Medicine

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The Star Of Bethlehem Leading the Magi To The Cave Of Treasures

The Star Of Bethlehem Leading the Magi To The Cave Of Treasures

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The Ghosts and Superstitions of Ancient Rome

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The Crucifixion by André d’Ypres / Dreux Budé Master, (before 1440) Getty Centre (Public Domain)

Chronovisor: The Time Machine That Captured The Crucifixion of Jesus

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This fresco is commonly known as The Tarot Players. It is from the Casa Borromeo, in Milan, and was probably painted in the 1440s. (Public Domain)

The Literary Panorama of the Tarot Cards: Historical Reality and Myths

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