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THEME

The standard Tarot deck is over 500 years old and the cards are very much a product of that time, particularly the Major Arcana and Courts. So I am asking you to consider which cards you think need to be updated, removed or added to reflect our modern society?

Are there any glaring omissions? What is redundant? Which card has you scratching your head wondering where it fits in today? Or do you think that archetypes are so universal that there is still a relevant place for all, be they Hermits, Pages, Knights or Emperors?

Is the Tarot Relevant?

This is such a huge theme that I could very well talk about this for days.

When this was posted my first reaction was to ask, is the Tarot even relevant any more? I mean with all of the huge leaps and bounds that we have made in science, psychology and civilisation how is there still a place for something that seems completely far out for a lot of people. People often refer to the Tarot as woo woo (a phrase which grinds my gears when ever I hear it) but it is far from taboo. The Tarot is deeply ingrained in our culture. When people like Kanye West admit to getting Tarot readings you know that the Tarot has permeated into mainstream. Even so there is still mystery to the Tarot and everyone loves a good mystery.

Tarot and Pop Culture

Here are a few examples that I have seen of the Tarot being featured in pop culture.

jane-the-virginMost recently I have seen the Tarot used in the awesome comedy Jane the Virgin (if you aren’t watching this you should be it’s so great). One of the main character’s mother Magdna is shown in a few of the first episodes with the Tarot and they reference what she sees in the cards and her obsession with it. I couldn’t find a picture to show you but trust me they are there.

PennyDreadfulTarotFBPenny Dreadful features the Tarot heavily as the beautiful and troubled Vanessa Ives (exquisitely played by Eva Green, I mean can she be anymore beautiful?) reads the cards and has her own deck.

wpid-penny-dreadful-cardsShowtime even used this deck heavily in promoting the show and you can buy a copy at their online store and also get an online Tarot reading with the cards. Very clever marketing. I personally have not connected to this deck but many of my friends have.

3._woee_10182012_fn_0317.jpgAnother TV Show to feature the Tarot was the CW’s, The Witches of East End which was sadly cancelled after two seasons. In the show Joanna and Wendy cast the cards for their fellow Witches and family on many occasions, helping shed light on situations and give them warnings of what was to come. The deck was custom made for the series and had additions such as The Owl, The Cloak and The Imposter cards included into the deck.

In Disney’s 2009 release of The Princess and The Frog we see the villain (yeah I know he is the bad guy but it is still cool) Dr. Facilier tempt and woo the young Prince and his lowly entourage into making a deal using his Tarot deck and his Friends on the other Side.

Also in 2009 Prada, yes Prada created a Tarot deck. I don’t even want to think about how much this deck is worth now.

If one of the biggest fashion houses in the world and DISNEY is featuring the Tarot in their products you know that it is mainstream.

Mary K. Greer has an excellent list of Tarot in TV & Movies that is much longer than my few offerings. 

So is the Tarot relevant anymore? I believe it is, it looks like the Tarot is here to stay and is getting more and more exposure and attention. You can’t open social Apps like Instagram without seeing crazy popular Tarot decks like The Wild Unknown and The Star Child Tarot everywhere!

The Tarot is no longer hidden in dark lit back rooms with beaded curtains. It is on our TV’s,  in our magazines, on our clothing and I for one am super happy about that.

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14 Comments
  • Vivianne
    Posted at 15:50h, 20 March Reply

    Kanye West going to tarot readers is hardly the endorsement one would wish for :/

    • Ethony
      Posted at 11:27h, 21 March Reply

      Maybe not, I am not a fan of him either. It was just interesting to see that someone as popular as him getting one 🙂

  • Olivia
    Posted at 17:10h, 20 March Reply

    Great post! I agree that it’s too bad about Witches of East End – it was fun to watch 🙂 Tarot is slowly becoming more mainstream, though man, we have so far to go. It’s crazy. I saw a comment from a fellow reader the other day, expressing her frustration that many of the people she likes and respects in her wider circle don’t seem to give her respect back when they find out she’s a reader. Instead of thinking “Hey, she’s a smart, discerning, down-to-earth person, there must be something valuable here…” they thought “Wow, I guess she’s a flake, I never knew!” It’s a shame, but I think no matter how many leaps and bounds divination has made over the previous decades (thanks to many wonderful people), it’s still seen as nonsensical superstition to many. We’ll just have to keep doing our thing, and talking about it as much as we can!

    • Ethony
      Posted at 11:26h, 21 March Reply

      Olivia I get that too sometimes I have friends who are in the corporate world and I still feel like I am judged for what I do. I still do my thing but I know exactly what your friend feels

  • Giuliana
    Posted at 18:08h, 20 March Reply

    Oh, how CLEVER! What a beautiful entry. I really enjoyed reading. All great shows. My niece loves Jane the Virgin and always brings up the tarot in that show when I read for my sister. ha! Penny Dreadful MARVELOUS. . . so cool. Loved it.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 11:25h, 21 March Reply

      I love the narration in Jane the Virgin and her Father he is the funniest.

  • Morgan Drake Eckstein
    Posted at 20:46h, 20 March Reply

    It never occurred to me that Tarot was more mainstream now than it has been in past ages; as a writer, I thought that the Tarot was just naturally part of the vocabulary that certain audiences were aware of…then again, I watch a lot of shows like Supernatural and Grimm, etc.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 11:25h, 21 March Reply

      Totally agree with you, I love me shows like Grimm as well and they are a lot more inline with knowing about the Tarot than other shows.

  • Ania
    Posted at 01:25h, 21 March Reply

    I’m afraid I haven’t seen any of the shows you mention and I do my best to know nothing about Kanye West, but I have noticed that Tarot is becoming less woo-woo and more everyday 😀

    • Ethony
      Posted at 11:23h, 21 March Reply

      He isn’t my cup of tea either but it says something about the availability of the Tarot when he is getting a reading. 🙂

  • Karen Sealey
    Posted at 06:30h, 21 March Reply

    Loved this post. I think humans are hard wired to story tell and Tarot is a great vehicle for that and as such always was and always will be relevant 🙂 I mean… who doesn’t love a great story… 😉

    • Ethony
      Posted at 11:23h, 21 March Reply

      So true we all do especially when we are the main character 🙂

  • Alison Cross
    Posted at 04:44h, 23 March Reply

    I do think that Tarot is becoming more mainstream, which should mean that when we give readings, we get less of the arms-folded-show-me-what-you-got confrontations (the sooner the better!) and more opportunities to genuinely interact with people in a meaningful way.

    Great post!

  • Chloe
    Posted at 11:18h, 23 March Reply

    Thanks for all the interesting links and suggestions, Ethony. I never bonded with the Penny Dreadful deck, either 🙂

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