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The Cartomancer Magazine – Summer 2018

Cartomancer Magazine Summer 2018 cover

Another beautiful edition of The Cartomancer just arrived in my mailbox. With a new owner, Arwen Lynch, the magazine has become even more eclectic. This issue contains thoughts on shadow work with tarot, plus articles on divination with tea leaves, Lenormand decks and playing cards. I was very happy to see several pages of tarot art in rich colors on a black background — a tradition in each issue.

If you’ve ever thought of producing your own deck, there’s a lengthy article giving all the technical details you need to consider. A book review introduced me to Madame Pamita, a prominent tarot personality in Los Angeles, just south of where I live. It sounds like her book has some refreshing new takes on the cards. As someone who adores Arp, Malevich and other early-modern abstractionists, I’m definitely going to look for the abstract Minimalist Oracle Deck.

Cartomancer magazine inside pageLast but not least, I want to announce the launching of a history series written by me and co-author Joep van Loon. We’ll be going through the trump cards, one per issue, describing how the imagery and divinatory meanings evolved from the 15th to 20th centuries.

(No, you aren’t imagining things—arcana is misspelled in the title. So is my first name. Oh well, there’s 21 more chances for them to get it right before we finish the series at the end of 2023).

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m currently reading “The Underground Stream: Esoteric Tarot Revealed” by Christine Payne-Towler. It’s an exploration of tarot history and development so I am especially interested in your series in Cartomancer Magazine.

    Studying the historical tarot decks is to learn about history of the times and people. It’s a deep well to drink from. I’m so enjoying this current phase of my tarot journey. I really look forward to all your upcoming articles.

    July 24, 2018
    • Joan Marie, I’m happy to hear about your interest in tarot history. The Underground Stream gives a decidedly occultist perspective, while my approach is somewhat critical while showing you why the occultists interpret the cards as they do. The best books for putting occult tarot in perspective are A Wicked Pack of Cards, and A History of Occult Tarot – both by the same highly respected historians. Unfortunately, I think both books are out of print and may be a bit expensive, unless you get lucky. Best of luck on your tarot journey.

      July 24, 2018
  2. Redfaery #

    Both books have been reprinted, actually!

    July 25, 2018

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