Sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle has created a Tarot garden and
house located in Garavicchio in southern Tuscany, Italy. It is
a park consisting of monumental sculptures and architectural spaces
inspired by the 22 Major Arcana, the art work is multi-media,
metal sculptures, mirrored, glass and ceramic mosaics, etc. The
building created for The Empress was actually her home. She began
the project in 1980, based on a dream she had during an earlier
part of her life. The garden and home was officially opened in
1997. A book chronicling her efforts and filled with photos of
this extraordinary garden is "Niki de Saint Phalle, The Tarot
Garden", edited by Mazzanti, Anna published by Charta, Milan www.artecontemporanea.com/charta
The Tarot was inspiration for a fabulous outdoor, theatrical
presentation of Shakespeare in the Park, Buffalo, New York in
1994. Director and production designer, Nancy Doherty, created
a theater set featuring huge versions of the Waite-Smith Tarot
cards, eight feet tall. She chose the cards for Macbeth based
on the play's main themes, therefore she used Death, the Wheel
of Fortune, The Moon, Justice, The Tower, The Sun, Six of Wands,
Ace of Swords, Ace of Wands and Three of Cups. Lord and Lady Macbeth
were costumed as the King and Queen of Wands in beautiful crimson
and gold velvet.
As the action progressed, it was played out in front of the Tarot
cards that represented the story. For example, when betrayal and
deceit was occurring, the action happened in front of The Moon.
When justice was being challenged, the action occurred in front
of Justice. The finale featured Macbeth being upside down as The
Hanged Man. The costumes were designed based on the Court Cards
from the Waite-Smith deck and it was breathtaking to witness the
characters come to life!
Tarot often appears as a rich resource in the literary world.
Author T.S. Eliot has a Tarot Reader interpret the Waite-Smith
Tarot cards in his 1922 classic, "The Wasteland".
W.B. Yeats, a member of the mystic society known as the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn, a prominent 19th Century Tarot Order,
wrote poems and myths using Tarot symbols.
Fantasy adventure author Piers Anthony wrote a trilogy entitled
Italian author Italo Calvino uses the mid-15th Century Visconti
deck in his narrative fiction book "The Castle of Crossed Destinies".
The premise is one of a gathering of speechless people struck
mute by odd happenstance seeking to communicate their individual
stories through placing relevant Tarot cards on a table at a strange
pub. This book is published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovick Inc.,
a Harvest HBJ Book, New York, New York. This is a unique approach
to story telling and can be educative as well. Try explaining
your day or week or a dream through laying down a group of cards
pertaining to your experience and ask others to try and interpret
Canadian fiction author, Robertson Davies, often used Tarot trumps
as inspiration in his works. Tarot divination and archetypes are
beautifully treated in "The World of Wonders", "What's Bred in
the Bone", "The Lyre of Orpheus" and other novels.
Some of my favorites Tarot novels are "The Greater Trumps" by
Charles Williams, Noonday Press; "The Zelator" by Mark Hedsel,
Century Books and the classical occult novels by Dion Fortune,
"The Winged Bull", "Sea Priestess", etc. I would also recommend
"Brother of the Third Degree" by Garver, Spiritual Literature
Library and Aleister Crowley's novel "Moonchild".
The Red Violin is an important film featuring the Tarot . A reading
cast in one century affects many generations of people in a mysterious
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Certified tarot Grandmaster Marcia Masino is the author of The
Easy Tarot Guide published by ACS Publishing, California. She
has finished her second book on intermediate and advanced Tarot.
Her tapes on all level of Tarot study and Meditations on the Major
Arcana are available directly from her at firstname.lastname@example.org.