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The Tarot of the Game Developer's Conference

Trading business cards at GDC is a social ritual. Tarot is a social ritual. Games are social rituals. I expect that, if I combine all three, I’ll achieve a moment of perfect clarity about human social rituals. [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Mar 24, 2014 - 7 comments

Beyond Tarot Drome

UK-based performance artist Marissa Carnesky previously created Carnesky's Ghost Train, a dark ride with a theme of the experience of women immigrants, which after touring is now permanently located in Blackpool, England. More recently she produced Carnesky's Tarot Drome, an interactive extravaganza with roller-skating and wrestling versions of the major arcana.
posted by larrybob on Nov 25, 2013 - 0 comments

The Future, with Emily Heller

Gaze into the Past ... the Present ... the Future ... with psychic (and occasional comedian), Emily Heller, as she delves into the cards for Reggie Watts, Kal Penn, John Mulaney, Kenan Thompson, and Janeane Garofalo.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 comments

Sequel to The Fool's Errand is released

The Fool and His Money - The sequel to the 1987 puzzle game The Fool's Errand has just been released, after nearly 10 years of delay and anticipation. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Oct 28, 2012 - 30 comments

Not the Happy Squirrel!

Tarot decks used for occult purposes usually have 78 cards: the Major Arcana of twenty-two plus the Minor Arcana, four suits of fourteen cards each. In the last few years, though, some otherwise traditional decks have been printed with 79 cards. The new inclusion is to the Major Arcana: number XXIII, the Happy Squirrel. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Aug 27, 2012 - 80 comments

Do What Thou Wilt With These...

Original designs for the Thoth Tarot deck, painted by Lady Frieda Harris for Aleister Crowley, are are now for sale. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on May 13, 2011 - 59 comments

Mr. Dawkins, I see... a great selection event in your life within 7 days

Looking to indulge your interests in both cartomancy and science? Check out the Science Tarot Deck. (FB link) [Previous decks] Via [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Sep 27, 2010 - 11 comments

The new free speech zone: a dusty storefront full of crystals

"This case has never been just about fortunetellers, but about the fundamental right to free speech," says Ajmel Quereshi, an attorney with the ACLU of Maryland. Tarot author Mary K. Greer compares the laws imposed on fortunetellers in various cities across the US, in honor of the recent ruling by MD's Court of Appeals.
posted by hermitosis on Jul 26, 2010 - 124 comments

The Ace of something completely different

In 1940 several Surrealists were biding their time in a Villa near Marseille awaiting their Visa’s to escape from the oncoming Nazis. One way to while away the time was to play the Le Jeu de Marseilles with cards they had made themselves while waiting.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 19, 2010 - 9 comments

Cards That Punch Back

The Super Punch Tarot is nearing completion! This deck is a group effort illustrated by dozens of artists (including our own The Whelk's spin on the Two of Wands), organized by John Struan.
posted by hermitosis on Apr 26, 2010 - 23 comments

Zoltar Segue

Zoltar breakdancing! Everybody rumba, rumba rumba. Zoltar, that fortune-telling guy you thought was stuck in his booth, went mobile and won the Motorized Float prize in the 2009 Coney Island Mermaid Parade last summer. [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Jan 3, 2010 - 15 comments

Well (s)he did wear a dress....

Pope Joan aka La Papessa is the second card of the major arcana in the Tarot. However there were pre tarot images of a female pope. It's a myth that won't go away. There is sometimes historical truth behind legend. The Cathoic Church relegates everything to fable; especially with a film around the corner. Some more thoughts on the facts behind the legend.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 8, 2009 - 50 comments

An' you get to tend the rabbits

Rabbit Tarot by Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 26, 2009 - 24 comments

Mary K. Greer Reads The Story In A Picture

Introducing the blog of Tarot author Mary K. Greer. This week she posted a gentle takedown of Whoopi's psychic reading on The View. She recently initiated a discussion about the potentially exploitative practices of modern gypsy fortunetellers, based on a report by Al Jazeera. She's also begun posting examples of cartomancy in art and literature, including a wonderful interpretation of this unforgettable Gustave Doré painting (see the comments).
posted by hermitosis on Aug 24, 2009 - 61 comments

Beyond the Major Arcana of the Dolls

How delicious is the Beyond The Valley of the Dolls Tarot Deck? Even the man who wrote the movie gave the deck two thumbs up. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Apr 21, 2009 - 21 comments

All that the tarot is and was has been incorporated into the depth of this cartridge.

If the 8-bit Tarot isn't low-tech enough for you, the Aecletic Mini Tarot Deck makes it look downright HD in comparison! May induce flashbacks of Taboo: The Sixth Sense, the NES' infamous Tarot simulator.
posted by hermitosis on Apr 15, 2009 - 19 comments

The Triumphs of Egypt Urnash

The Silicon Dawn Tarot, an exquisite creation by mefite Egypt Urnash. For those craving additional context, there's the Silicon Dawn LJ group devoted to this deck and Tarot in general. Via MeFi Projects
posted by hermitosis on Mar 4, 2009 - 23 comments

Beware the Three of Stakes!

Artist Robert M. Place reveals images from two works-in-progress: The Vampire Tarot, based on the Bram Stoker's Dracula, and one called The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. Place already has several gorgeous decks to his name: The Alchemical Tarot. Tarot of the Saints. The Buddha Tarot. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 26, 2008 - 35 comments

Tarot in Plain Sight, Tarot as Insight

Wow, we've had Pomo Tarot and 80's Tarot and Star Trek Tarot and Barbie Tarot and Victoria Regina Tarot and more. But how about... Tarot as blog? Arcanalogue: Unique insights into ancient constructs via contemporary recontextualizations from a filter-practitioner. via projects.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Sep 8, 2008 - 24 comments

Whisker, Quill, Feather, Gill

The Fantastic Menagerie: a literally beastly Tarot deck resplendent with 19th century artwork by J.J. Grandville, which you can find plenty more of here [Projects]. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Feb 28, 2008 - 14 comments

Life Readings the Barbie Way

Barbie Tarot.
posted by Orb on Jan 29, 2008 - 22 comments

Long Live the Queen!

The Victoria Regina Tarot, assembled from steel and wood engravings from nineteenth-century illustrations, now has an online reading generator with several original spreads.
posted by hermitosis on Oct 8, 2007 - 29 comments

Concentration Camp Tarot Cards

Hand drawn Tarot Cards created by a Boris Kobe, a prisoner at Allach Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Dachau. Each card depcits an aspect of life in the camp - click each image for high-res versions.
posted by jonson on Aug 25, 2007 - 34 comments

Pick a card...

Playing cards and tarot cards. An amazing resource about cards with hundreds of scanned decks, and an illustrated timeline of cards through the ages. Cards started in China, but the link to the West was the gorgeous decks of the Marmeluks [Coral cache],which used 52 cards (though the suites were polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups), from there, they spread to Europe and evolved into the tarot and playing cards. Through their history, cards remained art there are many beautiful decks in the past, and 20th century artists like Dali and Hockney created their own decks [coral cache].
posted by blahblahblah on Aug 24, 2006 - 14 comments

Pick a Card, Any Card

International signage. Gaian philosophy. Psychedelic illumination. Bohemian Cats. Crones. Radical Fairies. Though the venerable Rider-Waite (available in several versions), Crowley's Thoth, and the enduring Tarot de Marseilles continue to dominate most people's idea of Tarot, independent decks featuring a variety of themes breathe new life into the historical Tarot. No longer merely a fortune-teller's prop, Tarot is gaining popularity as a tool for do-it-yourself therapy. Even skeptics, who once speculated the decks were "used ... mainly in fortune telling" by emotionally crippled adults, are reluctantly (and subtly) revising their commentary on the cards.) Massive review sites post sample card images and extensive reviews. Associations and mailing lists provide community, and authors give away detailed "how to" courseware online. With thousands of decks on the market -- incorporating everything from the Life of Lord Buddha to subtle jabs at America's Favorite Fool -- your deck (even your virtual deck) is out there.
posted by MadeByMark on Mar 27, 2005 - 26 comments

Spread 'em

In need of a little cyber-divination? Here's a rather eccentric online tarot oracle based on Timothy Leary's and Rob't Anton Wilson's eight circuit model of consciousness.
posted by moonbird on Nov 3, 2003 - 8 comments

Playtarot

PlayTarot -- the major arcana depicted with Playmobil.
posted by me3dia on Jul 29, 2003 - 18 comments

The Eighties Tarot

You've seen Pomo tarot, you've let the wisdom of spock guide you using the Star Trek Tarot, and in an act of desperation, you even tried getting down with the Vampire deck. Still haven't found the deck that's right for you?

Maybe it's time you tried the 80s tarot deck. (And before you ruin the surprise, try to guess which Major Arcana they pegged Morrisey for...)
posted by Pinwheel on Jun 4, 2003 - 13 comments

"Dear policeman, I am God" found inscribed on a Tarot card. This latest clue in the Maryland sniper case will no doubt be tested and thoroughly investigated, although it was reported that it could be the work of prankster. If you have read the interesting post below by stevis ("I am who I am") of a Florida man who was legally denied the right to call himself "God", doesn't it make you wonder if the human desire to personify or impersonate God is a manifestation of the desperation for control over others, but not for the better? God, after all, wants you to surrender your life to the almighty. Or (mental illnesses aside) is it much more complex than that?
posted by taratan on Oct 9, 2002 - 69 comments

Like tarot or astrology

Like tarot or astrology in that it's a tool for introspection, only without the occult trappings. Kinda fun to play with, though. Or maybe not. (Warning: annoying The Weakest Linkesque music.)
posted by alumshubby on Mar 5, 2002 - 20 comments

Hello Tarot

Hello Tarot is the world's cutest tarot card deck. Lord knows I want one.
posted by peterme on Jul 15, 1999 - 0 comments

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