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.
Most 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.
Showtime 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.
Another 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.
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.
Thank you to Ania for organising this Seasons Blog post and for picking a kick ass theme.