Art and history of tarot decks examined in gorgeous new compendium

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/08/11/art-and-history-of-tarot-decks.html

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I see a Tarot card and I want to paint it onto black velvet!

Ok, Mick did it better.

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This book could be subtitled: A compendium of potential prog rock album covers

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In college, for an art assignment, I got a deck of blank Tarot cards and illustrated my own deck. If you ever want to take a deep dive into your own symbolism… I think I still have them somewhere; not all the cards were equally well done.

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My mom collects Tarot card decks; its always fun trying to find unusual ones for her…

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The Secret Dakini Oracle:

The Xultun Deck - the only deck whose major arcana fit together, kinda puzzle stylee:

The New Tarot (1970) - my first tarot deck; I was around six when I got it:

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Was delighted that someone made this a few years ago: http://www.benjaminmackey.com/magicianlongstoseetarot

Twin Peaks themed deck.

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Hah, forgot about the origin of my user name :slight_smile: ! (My group of friends in college once assigned each other to the major arcana according to personality etc. Some were quite predictive.)

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What deck does that Magician come from please?

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Because you said “please,” for once I won’t snark about the ease of google image search:

https://www.lisasterle.com/mwt

:wink:

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Thank you! Looks like I am gonna love the Lisa Sterle “Modern Witch” deck when it comes out.

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That’s yet another entry in my list of things I’m gonna do if I find the time for it1)
I’m thinking of taking pictures of friends & family, though.

1) I know, I know - take the time to do stuff…

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Me too, the cards she’s finished so far are fantastic! Love me some ligne claire. Thanks @Melizmatic for unearthing this!

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And thanks Rusty for crediting Pixie Smith, the artist who actually created the Ryder-Waite-Smith deck. She led a fabulous life & deserves to be more widely known.

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This is fine meme

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