Copyright, Thanks & LinksI do not guard every word I have written and every image I have created over the years. I detest, when grandchildren, like in the case of James Joyce, out of sheer greed use their entire life to chase everyone, who quotes a bit from their famous grandfather’s literary work or use a photo of him in an article. I detest, when all sorts of tricks are used to continuously prolong a copyright.....
ThanksIt is not a tradition in this country - Denmark - as it is in the USA and other mainly English speaking countries, that any book published includes an endless list of people, who have contributed to its success, including the book editor who, on behalf of the editor, did all she could to prevent the author’s own intentions to come true, through family members to the author’s grandmother’s old cat „for just being there through my childhood...". You will not see a list like that here. Instead you will find names of people: tarotists, authors, writers, artists and film directors, whose works through the years have influenced or inspired me in one way or another. Some are people, I have met, some are people I have or had a correspondence with, some just left a lasting imprint on me through their works. The lists - in erratically order - are the result of a hasty brainstorm and there are many others who could just as well have been mentioned.
Influences and inspirations over the years
the tarotists: Robert V. O’Neil, Eckhard Graf, Stuart R. Kaplan, Rafál Prinke, Guido Gillabel, Aleister Crowley, Eden Gray, Antoine Court de Gebelin, Pat Zalewsky, Gert Ørnbøl, Mouni Sadhu, Alfred Douglas, Samuel L. Mathers, Julia Orsini, John Starr Cooke, the APA-tarot Group, Gary Ross, Mary Greer, Diane Wilkes, Tracey Hoover, Janet Berres, Linda Falorio, Michele Jackson, Katlyn Miller, Arthur E. Waite, Oswald Wirth, Eileen Connolly, Jack Hurley, Juliet Sharman-Burke, Papus, Ron Decker, Lon Milo duQuette. the authors and writers: Albert Camus, Israel Regardie, Ron Decker, Gail Fairfield, Nigel Pennick, William G. Grey, Carl G. Jung, Eliphas Leví, R. A. Gilbert, Timothy Leary, Melinda Boyd Parsons, Gary Ross, Michael Dummett, Robert A. Gilbert, Josef Cambell, Marie Lo Parco, Gertrude Moakley, Pat & Chris Zalewsky, Arthur Schopenhauer, Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, Wilhelm Reich, Edgar Morin, Colin Wilson, Friederic Nietsche, D.T. Suzuki, Paul Auster, Cynthia Giles, Brian Williams, Lon Milo du Quette, Akron, Chick & Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Allan Watts, Wilhelm Reich, Joseph Needham, Max Frisch, Friedrich Nietzsche, James Joyce, Edgar Morin, Stewart Culin, Philip K. Dick. the filmdirectors: Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch, Jaques Demy, Agnes Varda, Fassbinder, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Cohen Bros., Lars von Trier, Søren Vinterberg, Wim Wenders, Patrice Leconte, Mikael Haneke, David Cronenbrg, Krzyszlof Kieslowsky, Atom Egyan, Alan Resnais, Claude Lelouch,. Carlos Saura, Woody Allen, Jim Jarmouch, Pedro Almodovar, Denys Arcand, Catherine Breillat , Louis Malle. the artists: Alfred Jensen, Niki St.Phalle, Elisabetta Cassari, Amerigo Folchi, Osvaldo Menegazzi, Michel Desimon, Asger Jorn, Moina Mathers, Pamela Colman Smith, Frieda Harris, Edward Hopper, Michael Kutzer, Sophie Calle, Öyvind Fählström, Joseph Cornell, Francis Bacon. the collectors: Vito Arienti, Adam McLean, Norman R. Handelsman, Susan Arenz, Saskia Jansen, Piero Alligo, Yasuhiko Hirota, Guido Gillabel....
At her site Arnell presents her activities and products (which can be ordered): collage tarot decks (handmade and printed), handcrafted miniature shops, mirrors, dolls etc. The site also hosts a section devoted to the well-known Italian artist and card maker Osvaldo Menegazzi (Il Meneghello) plus a section for the Italian „ Museeo di Tarocchi", which you with an advantage can visit before you go to this museum’s own site.
www.tarotpassages.com The site was initiated by Michele Jackson and later taken over by Diane Wilkes. Even though it has not been updated since January 2006, it is still an indispensable source for tarot deck reviews up to that time. Hundreds and hundreds of decks are discussed.
www.association.tarotstudies.org The web-site of the Australia-based ‚Association of Tarot Studies‘. Decks, CDs, courses and books for sale, including my own „The Story of the Waite-Smith Tarot". The association arranges congresses and took over the „Tarot Lifetime Award’- project from the ‚International Tarot Society‘. A free monthly newsletter can be downloaded as a pdf-file. A certain preference for the Marseilles pattern can be noticed.
www.alchemywebsite.com Adam McLean has for years been devoted to Alchemy, publishing „The Hermetic Journal" and several early alchemical texts. Some years ago he, however, turned into being what I’ll call an ‚aggressive tarot collector‘, who in a very short time accumulated loads of tarot decks. The decks are shown with three illustrations each - in order of accession- and not much text. Adam also produces and sells limited edition tarot decks, paintings and much more. The site is worth visiting for the illustrations, but take a deep inhalation before you enter.
www.tarotcollectors.com Another of Adam McLean’s enterprises; a discussion group for tarot collectors. Like all discussion groups, you can’t entirely depend on the contents. I checked a few entries dealing with decks, I know about in detail, and the statements about them were all wrong.
www.tarotpedia.com Based upon same principles as Wikipedia and with the same problems, this site concentrates on the theme of tarot.
www.themysticeye.com Dawn Stevens’ site has descriptions and illustrated reviews of quite a lot of tarot decks. You can buy decks too, including some of Dawn’s own designs. I am particularly fascinated by Dawn’s own surrealistic/symbolic paintings as shown in the „gallery" (and some of the other shown artist’s works too). The only annoying thing being that the „mystic eye" watermark is placed across the images.
http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/ and http://home.comcast.net/~pamela-c-smith/ Holly Voley’s two websites dealing respectively with the Waite-Smith Tarot and Pamela Colman Smith’s art. Large high-resolution illustrations of the early Waite-Smith editions and lots of Pamela Colman Smith related material you can’t find anywhere else. '
www.museodeitarocchi.net The web-site of the Italian „Museeo di Tarocchi", a private owned museum situated near Bologna in a picturesque and restored building from the 17th Century. The museum initiates and runs various events, like mail art projects, sightseeing and courses. Several tarot decks, published by the museum in limited editions, are offered for sale. Unfortunately, the site is rather unstructured and can be difficult to navigate (see also ‘arnellart.com’ above).
www.tarot-history.com Jean-Claude Flornoy’s web-site is devoted to his intense study of the Marseilles Pattern and its origins. Limited editions of reconstructions of early decks are published and available from the site.
www.tarotgarden.com A formidable source for not only mainstream tarot products, but also rare and long ago out-of-stock decks. People do, however, complain that the site does not list prices of the latter but they do ask you to ask....
www.creativecommons.org An alternative way to consider copyright rules. Lawrence Lessig’s book ‘Free Culture’ can be downloaded freely here.
www.nigelpennick.com The website of Nigel Pennick, well known British author of books and articles on themes like runes, geomancy, the Northern traditions, games, British folklore and much more. Most of Nigel's books were reviewed in Manteia.
LinksMany websites have quite a large number of links to other sites. Likely because of the axiom ‚...if I point to you, you point to me‘. Since there are an endless number of web-sites related to tarot, I’ve decided to list only a few: