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"

"Origins of Cartomancy (Playing Card Divination)"

"Mlle. Lenormand, the Most Famous Card Reader of All Time"

"Remarkable Women of Different Nations and Ages"

"Fool's Journey: The Fascinating Life of Pamela Colman Smith"

"Storyteller--Pamela Colman Smith"

"Hexing and Texting"

"Mediums of Exchange"

Academic Insights:

"The Tarot: History, Mystery and Lore." Cynthia Giles. Simon and Schuster. 1994.

"Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot: The True Story of the World's Most Popular Tarot." Marcus Katz. Llewellyn Worldwide. 2015.

Topics in this Podcast: history, psychics, culture, intuition, witchcraft