The Spirit of the Tarot
The Search for God's Picturebook

Brian Williams

I believe it is possible to embrace the Tarot as both image and idea; as individual artistic expression and universal symbol; as historical artifact and mysterious phenomenon; as exoteric game and esoteric instrument. Book of Fools, Llewellyn Publications, 2002, back cover.


What’s important about witchcraft and about the pagan movement is, essentially, that it’s not so much a way of seeing reality, as it’s a different way of valuing the reality around us. We say that what is sacred, in the sense of what we are most committed to, what determines all our other values, is […]

Vita Ayala

Tarot is a way to explore one self as much as the world. For many people of color, LGBTQ+ people, it can be a way of retaking power. It can be a way of connecting with a part of themselves that they didn’t even know they were cut off from, and of seeking answers to […]

San Francisco Oracle

The Tarot is a system of transmitting objective knowledge with the systems of magic, alchemy, astrology, and symbology united into one whole.  It represents the cycle of life, the cycle of the soul to superconsciousness. To speak of one card is to speak of one out of 22 segments of a circle. “The World,”  San […]

Robert M. Haralick

By necessity, the Tarot tells us about change: what kind of change we can encounter; what kind of change we cause, and what happens to us in the process of change. It explains all of this as a function of our own attitude toward the Divine nature of change. Robert M. Haralick, The Inner Meaning […]

Daniel E. Loeb

When reading Tarot cards, it is not necessary to converse with demons, spirits, ghosts, ancestors, angels, or saints. Tarot cards operate by using one’s personal intuition and combining one’s conscious and subconscious efforts to brainstorm solution s to questions. The practice does not have to involve anything supernatural…If the Spirit of Truth is living within […]

Robert M. Place

The first card of the  fifth suit in  the Tarot of Marseilles depicts a jester called the “Fool.” It is unnumbered. The other 21 cards are clearly labeled with Roman numerals. In the Roman system of numbering there is no zero (the concept was brought to Europe from India by the Arabs). All numbers were […]

David Barrett

Many of the major arcana show an archetype—a figure who represents the entire essence of a type of person. Archetypes include the warm, nurturing mother figure; the strong firm authority figure; the traditional, formal religious leader; or the mystical, mysterious, magical person. An archetype might represent a real person, a part of yourself, or an […]

Victoria Christian

The Tarot and art go hand in hand.  Simply, the Tarot cannot exist without some type of visual image. Furthermore, art, like Tarot, may be employed to represent, and has a way of stimulating, the  human mind and imagination in a way nothing else can.  It is known among mystics that if one meditates on […]

Marge Piercy

The Tarot has always appeared to me to be an incredibly rich treasure of images that have been in Western cultures and particularly heretical Western culture for a long time. I find that contemplating the cards moves those levels of my brain that begin the vibrations that become poems. I also find it a way […]