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Women of Tarot: An Illustrated History of Divinators, Card Readers, and Mystics (Hardcover)

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Discover the hidden stories of tarot and divination—traced through the lives and contributions of Lady Frieda Harris, Marie Anne Lenormand, Pamela Colman Smith, and Rachel Pollack—in this vividly illustrated popular history of the cards. 

Tarot's storied history takes us from the highest circles of Italian Renaissance society through to present day card creators. And throughout that time, women have been the primary drivers of both artistic and magical innovation in the form, though they haven't always been given adequate credit for doing so. Now, for the first time, readers can explore the lives and work of some of the women who have brought us the word's most popular divinatory art. 

In Women of Tarot celebrated artist and author Cat Willett traces the lives of four women who have pioneered work in tarot and divination. There is Lady Frieda Harris, the nineteenth century British artist and mystic who created the Thoth Tarot with the occultist Aleister Crowley, and Marie Anne Lenormand, the most celebrated fortune teller of eighteenth century France, who brought card reading to the masses. Then readers will meet Pamela Colman Smith, the iconic cross-continental artist whose illustrations adorn the world's most popular tarot deck—the Rider-Waite-Smith Deck—and finally Rachel Pollack, the trans woman responsible for creating scores of decks in her lifetime, as she strove to make tarot an art that was inclusive of all practitioners, especially the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Woven throughout is a timeline of the development of tarot, as well as miniature profiles of women from cultures around the world whose work has impacted divination and fortune telling, including Nefertiti, Voodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Laveau, author Zora Neale Hurston, and contemporary artist Nanse Kawashima. 

About the Author

Cat Willett is a Brooklyn-based artist and author who holds an MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She received her BFA from the University at Buffalo with a minor in Art History and also studied at the Scuola Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, Italy.

She primarily works digitally, or with ink on paper, and her drawings depict plant life and strong female figures that are deeply rooted in history, with a bit of whimsy.

Her illustration work has been featured by Apple, Madison Square Garden, Doc Martens, the Museum of Arts and Design, and more.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762482870
ISBN-10: 0762482877
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Publication Date: June 18th, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English