“Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.” — Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
Tarot has a long, beautiful, mysterious, and sometimes misunderstood legacy, but since the dawn of its use as a divinatory tool, it (through readers) has attempted to clarify, expand, uncover, reveal, suggest, warn about, and herald millions of possibilities for people around the world. It has asked humans to be truthful, to connect with their instincts, to entertain the impossible, to return to their source, and to craft their own path. It has asked us to look with new eyes, to see beyond our limits, and to walk into the unknown.
In each era, new Tarot decks have spoken to particular groups, expressing the beliefs, hopes, contexts, and visions of that time, and yet the essence of the cards has stayed remarkably constant. In the same way, readers have embodied the age in which they live, and over time the light of Tarot has continued to produce a spectrum of new creations and readers — ALL contributing and expressing the great diversity of the human experience. Far from diluting the voice of Tarot, they have amplified the prism expressing every hue, tint, shade and tone.
As we enter an increasingly conscious time on the planet, (aided by technology, science, and communication), there is a growing sense that we, as a species, will either cause our own destruction or re-member our oneness. Yet again, Tarot has a unique opportunity to express this experience, relating our contemporary views, connection, relationships, and spirit. Modern decks have the opportunity, privilege (and sometimes responsibility) of standing on those “shoulders of giants”1 in the past to see further and newly into that which does not change — the constants so richly symbolized in Tarot.
Regardless of the decade or the design, Tarot has always illuminated the paradoxical relationship between the individual and the universal, humanity wrapped in divinity. Let us celebrate this time we live in, and the traditions both old and new that link Tarot from one generation to the next: our connection as humans, our unique manifestation on this planet and the expanding prism of possibility.
Activity (15-20 minutes)
- Think of your favorite Tarot deck and list three qualities that make it your favorite.
- Think of a deck that you consider classic or foundational. What three qualities contribute to its status as such for you?
- Think of a modern deck, something published within the past three years. What three qualities does your choice contribute to the canon of Tarot?
- Think of a deck you would never in a million years purchase for yourself. Identify three element that could appeal to other people. If you could only use this deck for the rest of your life, what three elements could you appreciate?
- Bonus: Compare the attributes from each of the activities above. How do they relate to each other? How do our opinions of decks compare to our opinions of cards? Discuss…
1 “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton
About the Authors
Jonathan Saiz, Creator and Artist of The Fountain Tarot
Through his art, Jonathan attempts to capture and reflect all of the beauty, complexity, and chaos that life has to offer. His love of crystals, contemporary art, and sacred geometry creates a lens through which seemingly contradictory objects, emotions, and experiences are juxtaposed, resulting in multi-faceted paintings and sculptures. An exploration of visual and energetic potential, his works are in private and commercial collections worldwide. As the Creator and Artist of The Fountain Tarot, Jonathan asked a simple question, “What does each card have to say to us NOW?” Through collaboration with the writer (Jason Gruhl) and the designer (Andi Todaro) of the deck, the cards continued to evolve and become a contemporary vision for the Tarot. For more information, please visit JonathanSaiz.com.
Jason Gruhl, Writer of The Fountain Tarot
Jason’s interest is to uncover and highlight the greatness in each person. With a MA in counseling psychology, and a vast background in education, he creates tools that explore the uniqueness of human being. From founding and directing a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to writing children’s books, he uses innovation to excite, inspire, and shift the cultures in which we live. As the Writer of The Fountain Tarot, he attempted to honor the historical essence of each card, writing in a language that was personal and accessible. For more info, please visit The Fountain Tarot website.
Andi Todaro, Designer of The Fountain Tarot
Andi’s graphic design projects have taken her across the USA and into Europe: From her recent work with MSNBC in NYC for their coverage of “The Feast”, to her designs for the “Belle Epoque” and “Bollywood” Galas of the American School of Paris. Her sense of style and design, utilized throughout The Fountain is not only influenced by her personal interest in the Tarot as an intuitive reader and seeker, but is also greatly informed by her own personal experience with modeling, makeup and styling for runway and many fashion presentations. For more information, please visit The Fountain Tarot.
For information, please visit www.fountaintarot.com
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