Archive for the ‘Tarot Art’ Category

Tarot Art by Ghena Kaddoura

May 10, 2011

I have an incredibly gifted artist in one of the high school Mythology classes I teach. Her name is Ghena Kaddoura, and she’s getting ready to graduate in a few weeks. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the classroom and saw this on Ghena’s desk one morning! Isn’t it stunning?! She cut up an entire Rider-Waite deck to create this piece.

When I asked her about it, Ghena explained that she wanted to make a collage of a body, and that tarot cards seemed most fitting to use for medium because they represent our emotions and the experiences we go through. “They represent life,” she said so aptly.

I’m grateful to Ghena for giving me permission to post her work here. (Click here for a larger version.)

Untitled acrylic and tarot cards on paper by Ghena Kaddoura


The LowBrow Tarot Card Project

September 2, 2010

The Empress by Cate Rangel

La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles is putting on a show of tarot art called The LowBrow Tarot Card Project. Twenty-two artists have been selected to exhibit his or her interpretation of one of the twenty-two major arcana cards. An additional artist was selected to exhibit a card back.  Visit Hi-Fructose Magazine to see this breathtaking new tarot art! Can’t wait for the deck to be published!

Touchstone Tarot’s Painting Sources

November 14, 2009

Submerina of the tarot blog, the princess and the sea, chose the Eight of Wands from Kat Black’s Touchstone Tarot for her card for the week, and her description of the card, which she posted in comments, really turned me onto it.

Touchstone Tarot is digital collage, and the book that accompanies the deck includes the painting sources for each card, so I looked online for the various images that went into the Eight of Wands (see below). This gave me an even deeper appreciation for Black’s talent.


Eight of Wands, Touchstone Tarot

The Cumaean Sibyl

The Cumaean Sibyl, Domenichino. Source for girl in Touchstone Tarot's Eight of Wands.

Here’s some interesting information on the Cumean Sibyl. (Mary Greer said something to the effect that one could get a complete liberal arts education by studying the tarot. Ain’t that a fact!)

An Extensive Landscape

An Extensive Landscape, Paul Bril. Source for landscape in Touchstone Tarot's Eight of Wands.

Cosimo il Vecchio

Cosimo il Vecchio, Jacopo Pontormo. Source for wand leaves in Touchstone Tarot.

St. Christopher

St. Christopher, Vecellio Tiziano. Source for wands in Touchstone Tarot.

Choose your card for the week of 11/8/09

November 8, 2009

Touchstone Tarot, 3 of Swords Touchstone Tarot, 4 of Swords Touchstone Tarot, 5 of Cups

Touchstone Tarot, 8 of Wands Touchstone Tarot, 10 of Coins Touchstone Tarot, Empress

Choose your card for the week from the Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment!

I love the Touchstone Tarot and carry it everywhere in my iPhone. See the Little White Book Tarot iPhone app for details.

Did you know this deck was made possible with the support of a secret benefactor, who admired Kat Black’s first deck, The Golden Tarot?  How cool is that?!

Like the Golden Tarot, Touchstone Tarot is a digital collage, blending elements from old European paintings. What makes the deck unique is that each card features a portrait of a figure whose posture and expression conveys the meaning of the card. Black says in the book that accompanies the Kunati edition, “I felt like a casting agent, seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck.” Because the deck features personalities, it is particularly suited for those who enjoy using the tarot to tell stories and inspire creative writing.

Leisa ReFalo of Tarot Connection published the first print edition of this deck, and then Kunati Books put out a second edition. I’m sad to learn that Kunati closed their doors in September due to the economic crisis. On her site, Black says that decks will be available for some time through Amazon. I see that Leisa ReFalo also has a few more left at the Tarot Connection shop.

The Tarot Connection edition comes in a special pouch made by Kat Black’s mom, and a touchstone amulet made by Kat Black.  The Kunati edition comes in a nice, sturdy flip top box. The cards are larger in the second edition and the coloring is a bit lighter—the details therefore more clear. The Kunati edition also comes with a terrific book that includes a list of the painting sources for each card as well as card meanings. The book also includes deck reviews by Dan Pelletier, and Bonnie Cehovet, a dedication by Mary Greer, a foreward by the secret benefactor, and an introduction by Kat Black. Deck collectors will want to have both editions.

Tarot Connection has a fascinating interview with Kat Black on the making of this deck. You can find it here.

Shall we dance?

June 28, 2008

Interpreting the cards through dance! Fantastic!

Tarot Art

December 22, 2007

Woody Allen


Have you been to It’s a wonderful site where artists and crafters sell their handmade wares. I bought these cards from artist, Elena Mary Siff. I love ’em! Woody Allen as The Hermit?! Now there’s a fresh interpretation. And Paul McCartney as the Page of Swords! You can find Elena’s other work at

Doing a search for tarot on Etsy yields lots of fun things, too!

Questions about Tarot?

June 6, 2007

If you have any questions about tarot, or if there are any topics that you would like to see covered in this blog, please let me know. You can post them right here.



Would love to hear from you!

May 19, 2007

It’s a bit lonely out here at Tarot Table Talk. So far I’m the one that’s doing all the talking! I would love to hear your thoughts and insights on the cards, and I’m hoping I can encourage you to post some comments.


10 Interesting Facts about Pamela Colman Smith, the Artist of the Rider-Waite Deck

May 2, 2007

The Rider-Waite tarot is not the oldest deck—we have to go back to the 1400’s for that—but it is recognized as one of the most popular decks of all time and has influenced many tarot artists since its first publication in 1909. The deck was conceived of by Arthur Waite, a member of the occult group, the Order of the Golden Dawn, and was illustrated by artist Pamela Colman Smith, a fellow member of the Golden Dawn whom Waite commissioned. Smith was one of the first artists to incorporate the symbols of the suits into scenes which illustrated the meanings of the minor arcana cards. In decks without illustrated scenes, the minor arcana cards look much like playing cards and are much less accessible for interpretation.

Here are some facts about Pamela Colman Smith:

  1. Smith was born in England to American parents on February 16, 1878. Her father traveled to Jamaica a great deal for work, and she had a deep appreciation for Jamaican culture. She was known to hold soirees where she would tell Jamaican folk tales, dressed in traditional garb.
  2. Her mother died when she was young, and she lived with actress Ellen Terry for many years. She toured with Terry’s theater group and became interested in set and costume design.
  3. Her birth name was Corinne Pamela Colman Smith. Her family called her Pam. There are letters from her late teen years that she signed “Constance” or “Con.” Ellen Terry gave her the nickname, “Pixie” when she was about 21. Even today she is often referred to as Pixie Colman Smith by devotees.
  4. She received formal art training at the Pratt Institute from which she graduated in 1897.
  5. Poet William Butler Yeats and his brother Jack were close friends. She collaborated with Jack Yeats, who was also an artist, on the literary periodical, The Broad Sheet. William Butler Yeats contributed his work to the publication. She also worked with another artist to design scenery for some of William Butler Yeats’ plays. The Yeats family inspired her interest in Celtic folklore, which found its way into her art. It was William Butler Yeats who brought her into the Order of the Golden Dawn around 1903.
  6. Smith painted to visions she saw while listening to music. She would fill a canvas in the course of a song. Dubussy was impressed by the paintings she did of his music and felt they captured the essence of his work.
  7. In 1911, Smith became a convert to the Roman Catholic Church. She remained devoted to the Church for the rest of her life.
  8. Smith died penniless on September 18, 1951 at the age of 73. She had never married and left her estate to her friend Nora Lake with whom she lived, for at least some time, after the war. Sadly, everything was auctioned off to satisfy Smith’s debts.
  9. Smith devoted her life to her art and was disheartened that she never received significant recognition for her talents.
  10. All of the original art work for the Rider-Waite deck was destroyed when London was bombed during World War II.

This information was compiled from a 40-page chapter in The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Vol. III by Stuart R. Kaplan, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.