The Art of Tarot


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The history of tarot cards is as tantalizing as the mystical insights they promise to reveal. Cristen and Caroline deal out how tarot evolved from a game into a divination tool and why two women living worlds apart are to thank for tarot's popularity today.

Episode Sources:

"Tarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World's Most Misunderstood Cards" http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-surprising-origins-of-tarot-most-misunderstood-cards/

"Origins of Cartomancy (Playing Card Divination)" https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/origins-of-divination-with-playing-cards/

"Mlle. Lenormand, the Most Famous Card Reader of All Time" https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/madame-le-normand-the-most-famous-card-reader-of-all-time/

"Remarkable Women of Different Nations and Ages" https://books.google.co.za/books?id=Z4UrAAAAMAAJ&q=lenormand&hl=en#v=snippet&q=lenormand&f=false

"Fool's Journey: The Fascinating Life of Pamela Colman Smith" http://www.autostraddle.com/fools-journey-the-fascinating-life-of-pamela-colman-smith-267673/

"Storyteller--Pamela Colman Smith" https://marygreer.wordpress.com/category/pamela-colman-smith/

"Hexing and Texting" http://www.newsweek.com/hexing-texting-243730

"Mediums of Exchange" http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/mediums-of-exchange/

Academic Insights:

"The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore." Cynthia Giles. Simon and Schuster. 1994. https://books.google.com/books?id=BomDnbugzTwC&dq=women+occult+history+tarot&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot: The True Story of the World's Most Popular Tarot." Marcus Katz. Llewellyn Worldwide. 2015. https://books.google.com/books?id=u3S7BwAAQBAJ&dq=women+tarot+illustrators&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Topics in this Podcast: history, culture, witchcraft