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Resources

This page lists the sources I used for this module, as well as some recommendations. They are organized by tarot tradition, and linked if available online.

Tarot de MarseilleWaite-SmithEtteillaMultiple Traditions/Non-SpecificImage Sources

Tarot de Marseille

Ben-Dov, Y. (n.d.). CBD Tarot de Marseille and the Open Reading. http://www.cbdtarot.com/

Free online content: card images and short interpretations. Also includes links to purchase digital and physical versions of the connected book.


Huson, P. (2004). Mystical origins of the tarot: From ancient roots to modern usage. Destiny Books.

 Includes discussion of Marseille imagery for trumps.


Jodorowsky, A. & Costa, M. (2009). The way of tarot: The spiritual teacher in the cards (J.E. Graham, trans.). Destiny Books. (Original work published 2004)

Connected to Jodorowsky and Camoin’s restoration of the Conver deck.


Matthews, C. (2018). Untold tarot: The lost art of reading ancient tarots. Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit

Discusses Tarot de Marseille along with other historical decks, with some ideas similar to Ben-Dov and Jodorowsky & Costa.


Waite-Smith

Bunning, J. (1995-2007). The Fool’s journey. Learning the Tarot. http://www.learntarot.com/journey.htm

Describes how to view the Waite-Smith trumps as “The Fool’s Journey,” where the Fool encounters each of the characters or concepts of the other cards.


Huson, P. (2004). Mystical origins of the tarot: From ancient roots to modern usage. Destiny Books.

Includes Waite’s meanings and Smith’s illustrations for all minor arcana, along with the Golden Dawn meanings that Waite used as a source – good if you want to look into some of the history behind the deck.


Pollack, R. (1997). Seventy-eight degrees of wisdom: A book of tarot (3rd ed.). Element.

Essays on every card from the Waite-Smith deck.


Waite, A.E. (1911). The pictorial key to the tarot. William Rider & Son.

Original book published to accompany the deck. Available for free online (with images) at Internet Sacred Text Archive, https://sacred-texts.com/tarot/pkt/index.htm.


Etteilla

Howard, M.S. (2012). Etteilla’s trumps as interpreted by him and his followers: pictures, translations, commentary. http://etteillastrumps.blogspot.com/

Includes English translations of Etteilla meanings, for trumps only. Translated from multiple French sources, with some interpretation of imagery as well.


Huson, P. (2004). Mystical origins of the tarot: From ancient roots to modern usage. Destiny Books.

Includes English translations of Etteilla meanings, for minor arcana only. Also includes explanation of some Etteilla spreads.


Orsini, J. (1850). Le grand Etteilla, ou, l’art de tirer les cartes. https://archive.org/details/b29321220/

French book with synonyms for all cards. One of the sources used by Howard and Huson.


Multiple Traditions/Non-Specific

Greer, M.K. (2007). Mary K. Greer’s 21 ways to read a tarot card. Llewellyn Publications.

Focus is on interpretation. Includes exercises that can be used with any deck, and can help you come up with ideas to include in your own designs.


Huson, P. (2004). Mystical origins of the tarot: From ancient roots to modern usage. Destiny Books.

Includes meanings from the Golden Dawn, Etteilla, and Waite.


Matthews, C. (2018). Untold tarot: The lost art of reading ancient tarots. Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit

Discusses ways to interpret historical decks with non-scenic pip cards. Might help to give some interpretations that you can use when designing pip cards, either non-scenic or scenic.


Image Sources

Note: The National Library of France has many interesting historical decks in their collection to view online at gallica.bnf.fr. Try searching “jeu de tarot”!

Ben-Dov, Y. (n.d.) The cards. CBD Tarot de Marseille and the Open Reading. http://www.cbdtarot.com/the-cards/

Images licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, author’s details can be found at http://www.cbdtarot.com/about/share-and-use/


Regamey, G. (1890-1900). Grand jeu de l’Oracle des Dames. Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, BOITE FOL-KH-383 (13, 278). https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105431874

Public domain. Also commonly known as the “Etteilla III” deck.


Jeu de tarot bolonais à enseignes italiennes, dit “alla Torre.” (1600-1700). Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE KH-34 (1, 5)-BOITE ECU. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105109607/

Public domain. Also known as the “Bolognese Tarocchino.”


Jeu de tarot divinatoire dit “Grand Etteilla” ou “tarot égyptien.” (1875-1899). Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, BOITE FOL-KH-383 (13, 276). https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10543181f/f14.item

Public Domain. Also popularly known as the “Etteilla I” deck.


Jeu de tarot à enseignes italiennes, dit “de Marseille”, au portrait à deux têtes. (1860-1899). Published by B.P. Grimaud. Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, PET FOL-KH-207 (9). https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105203392/f113.item

Public Domain. Images have not been reproduced in this module, but were used as a reference for some of the artwork. Also known as the “Tarocco Piemontese.”


Jeu de tarot à enseignes italiennes dit “tarot Noblet.” (1659). Bibliothèque nationale de France, RESERVE KH-34 (1, 8)-BOITE ECU. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105109641

Public Domain. Some images were used as art reference, and the printed reproduction of these images by Joseph H. Peterson was photographed.


Waite, A.E. & Smith, P.C. (2009). Smith-Waite Tarot Deck: Centennial Edition (original published 1909). U.S. Games Systems.

Photograph of some cards was used. You can view the images online at the Internet Sacred Text Archive.