I was grateful to spot a recent ‘Anatomy of an Artwork’ in the Guardian Guide on ‘The Tower’ from the 1982 “Neuzeit-Tarot” (“New Age Tarot”). It provided some interesting background to the deck I was given in 1984. Initially I used the cards a lot, mainly for others (as one should). Below is the cover of the book that I used to help me make sense of the cards. Please note that the deck in the book is not the Neuzeit one, but the Raider-Waite deck).
But let’s get back to the Neuzeit, or rather, its creator!
Walter Wegmüller(February 25, 1937 – March 26, 2020)was aSwisspainterand recording artist. According to the Guardian’s Skye Sherwin: “Wegmüller’s sensibility was steeped in 1960s and 70s counterculture. Of Roma heritage and based in Switzerland, he was an intriguing figure in a local hippy circle that included the acid guru Timothy Leary, in exile…
Inspired by my good blogging friend Aquileana I’m pleased to post up some examples from my collection of divination cards. For many, divination cards like these offer the possibility of inspiration and guidance. They present the user with beautiful and fantastic images found in the often multi-layered artwork, along with a wide range of cultural and spiritual themes. As you will see below, some of my favourite decks are about fairies and Celtic mythology.
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Thanks for looking 🙂
Faery Wicca Tarot. Kisma K. Stepanich. Illustrated by Renée Christine Yates. 1999, Llewellyn.
The A.E. Waite Tarot. Arthur Edward Waite. Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. Originally published in 1910 by Rider.
Medicine Cards. Jamie Sams & David Carson. Illustrated by Angela Werneke. Renée Christine Yates. 1998/99, St. Martins’ Press.
The Faeries’ Oracle. Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth. 2000, Simon & Schuster.
The Fairy Pack. Claire Nahmad. Illustrated by Danuta Mayer. 2003. Godsfield Press Ltd.
Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. Doreen Virtue, PH.D. 2002, Hay House Inc.
Artists. Row 1: Kali and Yemanya by Lisa Iris. Sarasvati by Sue Halstenberg.
Artists. Row 2: Aeracura and Athena by Elizabeth Kyle. Freyja by Lisa Iris.
Artists. Row 3: Aphrodite by Sharon George. Ixchel by Lisa Iris. Ostara by Wendy Andrew.
The Celtic Animal Oracle. Anna Franklin. Illustrated by Paul Mason. 2003, Vega.
The above images feature box art and selected cards of individual sets from my collection. They have been scanned into this article to provide examples of just a fraction of the wide range of divination cards that are available. No infringement of copyright to the original publishers, writers and artists is intended. Please check out Aquileana‘s excellent overview of the Major and Minor Arcana cards if you are interested in further reading about the Tarot.