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Robert Wang and The Jungian Tarot

September 14, 2009

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Robert Wang designed the Jungian Tarot as a “visual gateway into the complexities of Jungian psychology.” The major arcana cards show archetypal figures within an archway surrounded by a mandala and other related symbols. The court cards are family members (father, mother, daughter and son) with personalities relating to their suit element (shown in the background). These cards have color-coded frames. The numbered suit cards show the suit token within a rope-style border. There are no titles or identifiers of any kind on the cards. The Jungian Tarot was originally published as a deck/book set with the book Tarot Psychology: Handbook for the Jungian Tarot. This set is now out of print. The deck itself has been reprinted, but does not include an instruction booklet. A different companion book The Jungian Tarot and Its Archetypal Imagery by Wang is still available. It describes the history and symbolism of the major arcana cards.

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The Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley

July 26, 2009

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It would be impossible to discuss the Thoth Tarot and not discuss Aleister Crowley himself. Aleister Crowley was born October 12, 1875 in England as Edward Alexander Crowley. His family was wealthy and religious and Crowley despised and rebelled against his family at every opportunity, even renaming himself ‘Aleister’ to avoid sharing the same first name as his father, who passed away when Crowley was 11 at which time he went with his mother, to live with relatives.

He attended Trinity College at Cambridge University, quitting just before completing his degree. Shortly thereafter he was introduced to George Cecil Jones, who was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It had many notable members including A. E. Waite, Dion Fortune, and W. B. Yeats. Crowley was initiated into the Golden Dawn in 1898. He advanced up rapidly through the grades. But in 1900 the order was shattered by schism, and Crowley left England to travel extensively throughout the East.

In 1903, Crowley married Rose Kelly, and they went to Egypt on their honeymoon.

In 1906 Crowley rejoined George Cecil Jones in England, and they set created a magical order to continue where the Golden Dawn had left off. They called this order the A.’. A.’. (Astrum Argentium or Silver Star).

In 1910 Crowley was contacted by Theodore Reuss, the head of an organization called the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). This group of high-ranking Freemasons claimed to have discovered the supreme secret of practical Magick, which is taught in its highest degrees. Crowley joined; becoming a member of O.T.O. Crowley rewrote the rites of the O.T.O.

In 1929 Crowley married his second wife, Maria Ferrari de Miramar

By the mid-1930s, reality caught up with Aleister and financial worries caused him to follow other pursuits.

In 1938 Crowley set out to design the Thoth Tarot deck. He originally intended the Thoth deck to be a six-month project aimed at updating the traditional pictorial symbolism, however it was to span five years, between 1938 and 1943. Painted by Lady Frieda Harris according to instructions from Aleister Crowley. Crowley and Harris were meticulous in their work; Harris painted some cards as many as eight times. The current printing of the deck actually includes two alternate illustrations of The Magus, each making use of markedly different style and symbols. Unfortunately, neither Harris nor Crowley lived to see the deck published; a follower of Crowley undertook the work of publication in 1969. This initial printing was of markedly inferior quality, and in 1977 Harris’ paintings were rephotographed for a second edition; the current edition is based on a further update that took place in 1986.

The illustrations of the Thoth deck are rich in symbolism, based upon Crowley’s stated desire to incorporate symbols from many disparate disciplines, including science and philosophy, as well as to draw on his extensive knowledge of various occult systems.

Rider-Waite card Thoth equivalent

I: The Magician                                                             I: The Magus

II: The High Priestess                                                   II: The Priestess

VIII: Strength                                                               XI: Lust

XI: Justice                                                                     VIII: Adjustment

X: Wheel of Fortune                                                      X: Fortune

XIV: Temperance                                                           XIV: Art

XX: Judgment                                                                XX: The Æon

XXI: The World                                                              XXI: The Universe

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Vertigo Tarot

July 25, 2009

The Vertigo Tarot (1st edition)

Designer, Artist: Dave McKean, Rachel Pollack
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 1995
Publication Status: Limited edition of 5,000 copies
Reference: Manteia, issue #14, p. 3

Description:
1995 limited edition book-and-deck set, with computer-composited imagery by Dave McKean and text by Rachel Pollack. The imagery was inspired by D.C. Comics’ Vertigo series of comics/graphic novels.

The Vertigo Tarot (2nd edition)

Designer, Artist: Dave McKean, Rachel Pollack
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 2001
Publication Status: Limited edition of 5,000 copies

Description:
In this second limited edition of the wildly popular Vertigo Tarot, the cards and book are smaller, but the imagery remains the same. Created by Dave McKean, documented by Rachel Pollack, and based upon characters and settings from the D.C. Comics Vertigo series, this dark and disturbing set of 78 fully illustrated cards nonetheless offers fascinating symbolism and haunting, mesmerizing abstract illustrations in McKean’s trademark style.

Vertigo Tarot (3rd Edition)

Designer, Artist: Dave McKean, Rachel Pollack
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 2008
Publication Status: In Print


Description:
Third edition of the famous Vertigo Tarot Deck and Book set, featuring characters from the line of noted graphic novel series of the same name. This edition is roughly similar to the second edition, but we are not seeing any evidence that this printing is being promoted as another limited edition (maybe after two printings of 5,000 copies each and continued consumer demand, they finally decided to simply leave the product’s publication status open-ended?).

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The Transparent Tarot

July 23, 2009

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Designer, Artist: Emily Carding
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 2008
Publication Status: In Print


Description:
The Transparent Tarot offers a new and clever twist on the traditional deck: clear plastic cards with identifiable but sparse imagery printed upon the cards. The design allows for three-dimensional readings, as cards can be placed on top of each other as well as adjacent. Alignment rules at the top and bottom of the cards, and staggered numbering in the borders allows the viewer to see exactly which cards are being overlaid.

Emily Carding has designed and published a truly original and empathetic deck of  Tarot that will change how Tarot is both learned and used! In The Transparent Tarot the cards are intuitive in themselves so that your intuition is an easy extension of the deck. The archetype is felt not just seen and with feeling comes inspiration and understanding. The Transparent Tarot is a must for all new and old to the Tarot.

If you buy one deck of  Tarot, The Transparent Tarot is the one!

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Mary K. Greer

July 22, 2009

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Mary K. Greer is a revolutionary, breaking all the rules regarding methods of learning and using tarot cards. She has forty years tarot experience and, as an author and teacher, emphasizes personal insight and creativity. As a tarot reader, she works as a ‘midwife of the soul,’ using techniques that are interactive, transformational and empowering…

Mary has been a maverick and warm personality on the Tarot scene and has influenced Tarot in a way that compares with Stuart R. Kaplan and many others that have brought Tarot down to earth and within reach of any one who wishes to use Tarot in their personal lives.

Mary has written numerous books and articles and I recommend any of her fine pubications.

Click here to see Mary’s products on Amazon…

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Learning The Tarot by Joan Bunning

July 21, 2009

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Product Description
Learning the Tarot is a complete course on how to use the tarot cards for personal guidance. The 19 lessons in the course cover the basics and then move gradually into more advanced concepts. Exercises and sample responses for each lesson help you learn and practice. For simplicity, only one easy layout is used throughout the course – the Celtic Cross Spread.

Learning the Tarot focuses in detail on the actual process of discovering meaning in the cards. Lessons cover topics such as how to consider one card by itself, how to look for card pairs, and how to create the “story” of a reading.

A convenient reference section contains two pages of information for each card including a picture from the popular Waite deck, a description, keywords, action phrases and suggestions for cards with similar and opposite meanings.

From the Author
When I first created my Learning the Tarot website in 1995, I never dreamed how much interest in the tarot I would find. People from all over the world began writing to tell me about their experiences with the course and their adventures with the cards. This response was music to my ears! I knew from my own experience that the tarot is a wonderful tool for personal guidance and inner exploration. Now I was finding out that others felt the same way too.

The tarot is a set of 78 intriguing picture cards that tend to trigger personal insights, enhance intuition and deepen awareness. My goal in Learning the Tarot is to give you the basics you need to begin working with the tarot on your own. I try to make this inner process understandable by breaking it up into a series of steps that are simple while still doing justice to the depth and beauty of the cards. I concentrate on the everyday, showing how the tarot makes real, practical sense in the modern world.

The tarot is a living system that adapts creatively to each user. Rather than rules, I offer guidelines. While reading my book, I want you to feel that you have a teacher sitting next to you who is introducing you to this special tool, but also encouraging you to go on to discover your own unique approach to the cards.

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Who Is Stuart R. Kaplan?

July 17, 2009

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Stuart R. Kaplan and his business U.S. Games Systems has brought change to the world of Tarot like no other. Besides publishing numerous decks, Stuart brought Tarot to mainstream bookstores and U. S. Games decks can be found just about any where. It’s hard to understand now, when Tarot decks are easily available online and in bookstores, but back in the early 70s, Tarot was hard to find, especially if you lived in a small town or city.

Stuart R. Kaplan started to import 1968 the Rider-Waite-Tarot to the US. He became a card collector with his own museum. His Tarot Encyclopedia Books” became the most influential books for Tarot history and research, as it manifested not only a general platform for many persons with Tarot history interests, but also served as base for more detailed discussions on all Tarot topics.

You can find just about anything pertaining to Tarot in one of his many volumes. There are photos and publishing histories, and Artists information that is hard to find.

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