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Tarot Hermeneutics

Exploring How We Create Meaning with Tarot

Tarot Literature

Tarot Catalogs

See the Potter & Potter 2014 Devil's Picture Book Catalog. It is a large file so be patient for it to download to your computer. Here


Tarot Novels

Tarot inspired literature is quite extensive. Part of developing a supple understanding of Tarot card meanings is to study the various ways artists and writers have adapted it to their creative purposes. 

Tarot Poetry

Tarot poetry varies from liturgical and magical chants, mnemonic doggerel for associative meanings and trance induction, to complex and subtle allusions and oblique references by world-class poets.

Any authors and works people know of, the poems and poets themselves and critical works that discuss the tarot influences, let me know and I will post them here.



The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum [Brill 2015] offers important intersections between astrology, divination and magical practices and the meaning of god as daimon in all its rich complexity.


Occult Tarot


An instant classic tarot by artist Marie White, the Mary-El Tarot is finally published in 2012. I suspect the prestige of this deck will spread among tarot readers as time passes. Listen to Marie discuss her deck and offer some readings with Paul Nagy and Audery Layden. Download MP-3 recording here.

MOTT: Meditations on the Tarot

There are a few classic tarot works of exposition that deserve extensive study. The writings of A.E. Waite, Alistair Crowley, and the anonymous author of Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism.

I began to develop ideas about tarot hermeneutics while facilitating a teleconference that read and discussed Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism over a two year period.

During this weekly 2 hour reading and discussion we thoroughly read through this massive work. I want to especially acknowledge my fellow-reader-travelers, We together empowered one another to persist and not fudge on difficult allusions or cumbersome sentences. Our different talents and knowledges often filled out areas of biblical hermeneutics, French Nineteenth Century occultism and hermetic cabalist practice, Masonic lore, anthroposophical pneumatosophy, St. Petersburg Russian masonic tarot theory, Golden Dawn rituals and basic magickal practices, sophiology, Orthodox and Catholic doctrine, theology and ritual, Carmelite works of mystical formation that so often informed our anonymous author's richly nuanced and encyclopedic esoteric and symbolic prose.

Nods of gratitude go to Cynthia Tedesco, David Atwood, Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman, Valery Sherrill, among others for a persistent effort to understand and integrate this esoteric system.

Zach Wong's Revelations Tarot

When I became active and more public as a tarot reader I wrote some notes about Revelations Tarot by Zach Wong for Ferol Humphrey's Living Tarot Meetup. I collected them, warts and all into the following pdf. These notes are not copyrighted but it would be a courtesy that if you find some insights in them you wish to exploit or develop, some recognition would be appreciated. Note others wrote and contributed to the project too. Zach was kind enough to follow the discussion and contribute some encouragement.

Summer 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of this book about Zach Wong’s Revelation Tarot with my extended notes about this deck. I have since moved on to study more traditional decks with the longest sojourn with Marseilles style decks and visual interpretations.

Zach Wong's Revelations Tarot

See for pages related to this study.