Subject of the Month

A monthly display featuring resources on specific thematic subjects.

January 2019

january subject of the month: tarot

Selector: Maria Nuccilli

Tarot Basics

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Book  Although there were many Tarot decks prior to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and many after, none has gripped the popular imagination as much as this set. Waite covers the significance and deeper implications of each card, and gives practical instructions as to how to conduct a reading.

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot

Book  Discover basic reading techniques for a wide variety of systems, including Marseilles, Rider-Waite, and Thoth. Combine tarot reading with Kabbalah, numerology, Jungian psychology, journaling, and storytelling while exploring card selection, creativity, tarot ethics, and specialized spreads.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot and Fortune-Telling

eBook  Irreverent in approach, these guides include tips and advice from leading authorites, aiming to help with life's big decisions and challenges, as well as hobbies and sports. This text focuses on tarot and fortune telling.

The Tarot: Art, Mysticism, and Divination

Book  Looks at the history of Tarot cards, explains the meaning of each card, and shows how to arrange them for a reading


Tarot in Art and Literature

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Further Reading

History of Tarot

"The earliest references to tarot all date to the 1440s and 1450s and fall within the quadrilateral defined by the northern cities of Venice, Milan, Florence, and Urbino."

"There’s a lot of friction between tarot historians and card readers about the origins and purpose of tarot cards."

Tarot in the News

"Although tarot imagery employs supposedly universal archetypes, new decks are constantly being invented, and old decks altered [...] Which begs a second question: How do the cards’ art and design relate to the social changes, technological advances, and aesthetic sensibilities of their particular eras?"

"Creators of new decks seek to address the need for representative and culturally specific tarot."

"Vicki Noble, who with Karen Vogel created the Motherpeace Tarot Deck in the late 1970s, hasn’t really kept up with the latest happenings in the community of divinatory playing cards. But when Maria Grazia Chiuri, the artistic director of Christian Dior, called and said she wanted to incorporate the Motherpeace into a fashion line, she and Ms. Vogel agreed."

"Within the confines of the Moonbox, there is little distinction between, for example, a skin care ritual and a full-moon ritual. Here, self-care, self-beautification, and spiritual identity become one."