Imagine you are giving a Tarot dinner party and you can only invite 6 Tarot people (Taroists) – living or dead. Who would you want to be there… and why?
That was the interesting thought question asked today by an administrator of a Facebook Tarot group, of which I am a member. It sure got me to thinking. There are so many great Tarot artists, historians, teachers, authors, deck creators… how in the world could I narrow it down to only 6?! I couldn’t, as it turned out. I could only get the list down to 9;
1-2-3 – Mary K. Greer, Rachel Pollack, Benebell Wen – for their vast knowledge of Tarot and the two generations of Tarot thought they represent
4 – Jason C. Lotterhand – for his deep understanding of Tarot symbols and because he seems like he would be a nice person to know
5-6 – Jasmin Lee Cori and Willow Arlenea – for their wonderful Tarot of Transformation deck that brings an illuminating psychological approach I find helpful, powerful and spiritual
7-8-9 – Pamela Colman Smith, Robin Wood and Carl Rohrig – for their Tarot decks that were the initial foundation of my learning and remain favorites to this day
What an interesting group of people this would be to get together – and what amazing conversations would be flying around that table! I would be beaming happily because every one of these people has made a lasting impression in Tarot and all are my Tarot Heroes.
Who are your Tarot Heroes and which would be your dinner guests at your Tarot dinner party?
For those of us who like research and new avenues of thought, links to all the authors, books and Tarot decks mentioned are included below. You will find some great information there.
THE BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Holistic Tarot – by Benebell Wen – a compendium of her research and insights when she was learning Tarot, now put together into book form. This will be on the required reading lists of many Tarot teachers in the future. She also has a very helpful and informative website.
Tarot for Your Self – by Mary K. Greer – a classic workbook for personal transformation through working with the Tarot. Ms. Greer was a pioneer in working with, teaching and popularizing Tarot in our modern era and she has a powerful voice of knowledge, insight and experience. She writes a really interesting blog and has written many informative books on Tarot that you are sure to find as well-worn treasures on the shelves of those who study Tarot.
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom – by Rachel Pollack – a beloved classic by another pioneer of Tarot in our modern era. The accolades accorded Ms. Pollack for this landmark book are well deserved. Within the pages of these 2 volumes – now combined as one book rather than two – she shows Tarot to be a tool for personal growth through correspondences with psychology, mythology, symbolism and esoteric teachings. Ms. Pollack is also the creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot deck and, in collaboration with Robert M. Place, The Burning Serpent Oracle and The Raziel Tarot: The Secret Book of Adam and Eve.
The Thursday Night Tarot – by Jason C. Lotterhand – edited by his student, Arisa Victor, this charmer of a book is compiled from the weekly talks of Mr. Lotterhand on the RWS Major Arcana. It is published by special permission from B.O.T.A. Builders of the Adytum, a modern day Mystery School, of which Mr. Lotterhand was a Director and later Director Emeritus.
THE TAROT DECKS
And many thanks to Sandra Geddes, one of the administrators of the 3 of Cups Tarot Community group on Facebook, whose intriguing thought question inspired this blog post. If you are interested in sharing your Tarot journey with others, the 3 of Cups Tarot Community is a fun and helpful group to join.
To read more posts where these Tarot decks are mentioned;
The Rohrig Tarot 8 of Pentacles – An Amazing Image
The Moon Tarot Card – Rider-Waite, The Fountain Tarot, Tarot De Paris
I Become the Fool and Start a Tarot Blog
A Relationship Tarot Reading for Jeanne
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