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Paul Foster Case (1884 - 1954)

Founder of the Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A). "B.O.T.A. is a direct off-shoot of the Golden Dawn, but its work has been purged of all the dangerous and dubious magic incorporated into the Golden Dawn's curriculum by the late S.L. MacGregor Mathers, who was responsible for the inclusion of the ceremonials based on the skrying of Sir Edward Kelly" (Paul Foster Case in 1937). The B.O.T.A. understands itself as a Mystery School and has incorporated some Tarot elements. Case was of importance for the U.S. American evolution of Tarot in 20th century.
The B.O.T.A. still exists and presents itself as a "non-profit, tax-exempt religious organization irrevocably dedicated to spiritual attunement through enlightened worship in the Tradition of the Western Mysteries" (webpage-text). There is much material to the person of Paul Foster Case in the web. It seems, that the The Book of Tokens (1934) is regarded as his major work.


  • The Kybalion (1912) [with William A. Atkinson]
  • Article on Tarot in "The Word" (1916)
  • Article on Tarot (revised) in "Azoth Magazine" (1918)
  • An Introduction to the Study of the Tarot (1920)
  • A Brief Analysis of the Tarot (1927)
  • The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order (1927)
  • Correlations of Sound & Color (1931)
  • The Highlights of Tarot (1931)
  • The Book of Tokens (1934)
  • The Great Seal of the United States (1935)
  • The Open Door (1938)
  • The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages (1947)
  • Daniel, Master of Magicians
  • The Masonic Letter G
  • The Name of Names
Source for publication list: Wikipedia

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