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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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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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Wasps’ Nest: Asking the Unpopular Question

Card example: 3 of Wands from the Waite-Smith (“Rider”) deck (image from here) Client A: “I had just moved from Chile to Finland. I hated being here. I hated these people. And I hated myself. I was looking back at … Continue reading

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Mary K. Greer: Moralization of the Game of Cards, part 1

http://marygreer.wordpress.com/ Once again a wonderful post from Mary, this time exploring the relationship between the Church and playing cards (echoing carte da trionfi in the game of Triumph) from the viewpoint of two famous churchmen; Hugh Latimer and Martin Luther.

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Thoth Tarot Exhibition catalogue

Recycling here an older post about the Thoth Tarot Exhibition catalogue, as there can’t be too much of Thoth around Available here as a pdf-file the catalogue for the exhibition of the Thoth Tarot which premiered in 1941. The first … Continue reading

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Explaining the Tarot

A must have: "Explaining the Tarot – Two Italian Renaissance Essays on the Meaning of the Tarot Pack", edited, translated and commented by Ross Sinclair Caldwell, Thierry Depaulis and Marco Ponzi. From Maproom Publications. "The symbolism of Tarot cards has … Continue reading

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The other side of the history of playing cards

I find the history of both playing and Tarot cards fascinating; what happened where and when, who did this and that, how the suit symbols changed from place to place, all the different and many theories of both the exoteric … Continue reading

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