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Tarot timeline from 1900 to Present

As I wrap up the last part of the time line for the Tarot, I have found much information about so many people on books and so many decks that have emerged from this time period but with all the books and decks there really isn't much history, so I will do my best to keep a time line on just the history instead of going into all the books and decks since the decks are under their own category as well as the book reviews on another category. In the past articles you have seen how the Tarot evolved from the high class to everyone who wants to learn it. The Tarot still remains intriguing to people just as it did with the first deck. Let's go to the time frames now.

1909 The Rider Waite deck was formed. When this deck was first produced it was
called The Waite-Smith Tarot deck designed by Arthur. E. Waite and
illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith. This is the first deck to have
full illustrations for all the suit cards. Which leads to the basis for
a wide variety of divination based decks, using similar symbolism. Waite
is also responsible for publicizing the Celtic Cross spread but did not
invent the spread.

1938 to 1943 The Thoth deck was born by Aleister Crowley and was painted by
Lady Frieda Harris. Aleister Crowley published his studies The Book
of Thoth in 1944, the Thoth deck was not published until 1969
which at this time both Crowley and Harris had passed away. Crowley
passed in 1947 and Harris passed in 1962.

1961 Carl Gustav Jung passes away on June 6, 1961. His Occult studies were
amazing. Jung taught that we can become conscious of the unconscious
contents in our psyche by examining the symbols.

1967 The Linweave Tarot Pack by Brown Company. David Palladini�s first Tarot
cards appeared at this time.

1984 The Voyager Tarot deck was published by James Wanless, Ph.D. This deck is a
photographic collage of artwork created by Ken Knutson.

2002 The Tao Oracle deck was designed by Ma Deva Padma. This deck is based on
the Chinese Book of Changes, the I Ching.

Since Carl Jung's passing many books and decks have come out but nothing is documented as far as history since Tarot is so widely known. The Tarot cards themselves started on canvas to parchment paper, painted, rimmed in gold and was for the high class; the rich. Now they are printed in mass quantities and all kinds of paper and pictures from almost every culture. I listed a few decks to show the different cultures in the time line.


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Karen Artino - Tarot Editor

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