Category Archives: Tarot History

More decks!

When it comes to acquiring new packs I haven’t been very active lately. Actually, I’ve been a downright sloth. What was the last pack I purchased… hum.. right, Golden Tarot of Visconti published by Lo Scarabeo and restored by the wonderful … Continue reading

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A Short History of Tarot up to the French Revolution

I wrote this article for the Tarosophist Spring 2012 issue.   A Short History of Tarot up to the French Revolution I’ll begin this short introduction to Tarot history with a quote: “The word tarot is ambiguous and complex. For … Continue reading

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Tarot Books, part 1

This post is about new tarot books that I’ve recently acquired. I hope it will wet your appetite and make you spend even more money on tarot books. Part 2 coming up in the not-too-distant future, with Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology, Abiding in … Continue reading

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The Zavattari family & Tarot cards

Mary K. Greer writes in herblog about the history of the Visconti tarot cards. One suggestion for the possible creator/s of these first still-existing tarot cards is the Zavattari family. I promised Mary to post whatever information I could find … Continue reading

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Traces du Sacré: Thoth Tarot

Traces du Sacré (Traces of the Sacred) was an exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, between 7th May – 11th August, 2008. From the Press Release: “With “Traces du Sacré,” already promising to be one of the major artistic … Continue reading

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Lecture on the Tarot by Lady Frieda Harris – Sesame Club 1942

Included in the ‘Original Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot’ Neuausgabe edition (2008) companion book there are two essays by Lady Frieda Harris, the artist of the Crowley-Harris ‘Thoth’ tarot deck. The first one is ‘Lecture for the Sesame Club’ (ca. 1942) … Continue reading

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Gertrude Moakley: Il Bagatino (The Magician / Magus)

  “I Il Bagatino (Quarterpenny, The Juggler) The lowest of the trumps, as we have said, is the Carnival King, Bagatino (Quarterpenny). The procession of triumphs which he leads is taking him to his own execution. The card shows Bagatino … Continue reading

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Mary K. Greer: Moralization of the Deck of Cards, Part 3

http://marygreer.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/moralization-of-the-deck-of-cards-part-3/ The third chapter on the topic of ‘Moralization of the deck of cards’ from Mary Greer. What a real treasure trove of information this whole series has been – and her entire blog, for that matter. If I remember … Continue reading

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O Fortuna & Fortune plango vulnera

The first two tracks from Carl Orff‘s Carmina Burana. I think this video is taken from a 1975 production (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298787/), made into DVD in 2002. Lots of Tarot symbolism here; the Wheel naturally most obvious together with Fortuna, but many … Continue reading

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A Japanese Devil?

“Among Pamela Colman Smith’s teachers at Pratt was Arthur Wesley Dow, who was trained in France. Apart from being an important painter of the period, he was also an art teacher strongly inspired by Japanese art.. Dow emphasized the Japanese … Continue reading

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