WHappy World Tarot Day! World Tarot Day was created by Den Elder in 2003 and has blossomed into a major worldwide sharing of Tarot information from Tarot enthusiasts everywhere!
I would like to offer a 10% discount for anyone who wants to get a copy of my deck, and book The Fellowship of the Fool, normally retailing for $40 for the set – any orders placed THIS WEEK will receive 10% off and free shipping. You can send payment to my email via paypal, or email me if you prefer another method.
I thought for today’s blog post, I’d talk a little about what drew me to Tarot and why I still love it and find it endlessly useful to this day. I first discovered Tarot while I was in middle school – I had found a paperback book – I now can’t remember the name of it or any details about it – about various divinatory systems. It discussed astrology and tarot, and as a visual person even back then, I was drawn to tarot. Of course I was only thirteen at the time and had limited resources, so I wouldn’t own an actual Tarot deck until I was in high school (It happened to be the Morgan Greer deck. I had no idea there were even other decks available). Even then, I wound up putting the cards away for a few years because I had been told by a family member that they could lead me to Satanism. Being a good Catholic girl (and rather gullible) at the time, I certainly did not want that to happen, and I put the cards away.
Fast forward to my college years – the 80s – a time when people were writing more about the Tarot, and I was of a more adventurous and curious bent, more likely to buck authority, and I found my second deck of Tarot cards. This time, I was venturing into Feminism and ideas about ancient Goddess religions were very appealing to me. I found the Mother Peace Tarot deck, created by Vicki Noble and Karen Noble. The cards were very unlike my previous deck; they were round, and a complete feminist re-interpretation of Tarot, with a very multi-cultural interpretation to the cards. I dove in and memorized the meanings of all 78 cards and began giving readings almost immediately. I realized that the cards were not demonic at all – how could ink on paper possibly be so dangerous. (Well, of course we’ve seen how ink on paper is dangerous often to those who don’t want information freely distributed, but that’s a topic too broad for this post).
After college, I began seeking out others of a like mind, and discovered that the Tarot world is large and yet small. I began to collect decks – I loved the imagery and began study in earnest with several teachers, including the well-loved in Philadelphia Djuna Wojton. I also studied with the Builders of the Adytum correspondence course, but I most of all loved Rachel Pollack’s book, 78 Degrees of Wisdom.
As an artist and art historian, I was especially interested in the history of the Tarot and the history of how the images evolved. As those who have taken my classes know, I see the Tarot as a reflection of Western culture since the Renaissance – the Tarot has managed to adapt itself to every age in which it appears, evolving and changing as the times change. From miniature Renaissance paintings used to play card games by princes to a Hermetic system tying in Qabala, Astrology and other occult systems, to its use by psychologists and therapists, to being a tool for personal transformation, Tarot changes and adapts to the people who use it. I am endlessly fascinated in it’s ties to the past and the way it evolves in the present. I am grateful to have the Tarot so long ago, and to have it in my life today. I am thrilled to have been able to create my own Tarot deck and to be able to share my ideas about what Tarot is with so many other people. I love that it awakens our own intuition and that those images are so evocative. I can only hope people enjoy the images I create as well and find them as interesting.
So Happy World Tarot Day! Have a wonderful day!