William T. Horton Esoteric Tarot

Living in the Tarot World means that you never get bored. There’s constantly new things happening; new decks being invented, old stuff being found or re-invented, new books bubbling up to surface… and Tarot People sprout like mushrooms! Aeclectic Tarot is particularly a good place to go hunting, and their forum is one of the best places in the tarot-multiverse. 

And now, I will bow my head in deepest gratitude for Mr. Koretaka Eguchi, who has done something so big for the tarot world that it’s just.. BIG. First of all, he has acquired hard-to-find (and expensive..!!) material by Pamela Colman Smith. And I’m not talking here about a few bits of this and that but an entire family of PCS works! See here: The whole nine yards (well, most of it anyway.)

And second, he has come up with “W. T. Horton Esoteric Tarot“, featuring 22 Major Arcana cards. So far this deck hasn’t been published, but I’d say it certainly deserves to be. It’s one of the best decks I’ve seen in a long while, no doubt. Horton (1864-1919) was a mystic and an illustrator, and once belonged to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Mr. Eguchi notes that most of the images for the deck come from Horton’s book “The Way of the Soul”, which was printed in 1910 by William Rider and sons, London. At that time they were also printing Waite’s Pictorial Key to the Tarot and the Waite-Smith deck as well. Seeing the images it certainly looks like Horton had tarot in his mind.


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