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An Analysis of the Role of Cartomancers through Western Art

In these two classes, Mary K. Greer takes us on an exploratory journey into the role of card readers over the centuries. “Fortunately, an historical record does exist in genre art that depicts ordinary people going about their everyday work and recreations,” says Mary.

In the two presentations, Mary analyses the visual content of paintings, prints and postcards showing cartomancers from the 16th through early 20th century. She brings to light both the professional and recreational characteristics of those people who practised cartomancy and reveals their largely unseen and under-acknowledged role in everyday Western society.

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An Analysis of the Role of Cartomancers through Western Art

$38.00 USD

“Bravo!”, “Thanks so much for organising this”, “Wonderful stuff – great to have the images and video clips”. These are just a few of the enthusiastic responses to the two classes from  internationally-renowned Tarot author and teacher, Mary K. Greer. In these sessions, Mary takes us on an exploratory journey into the role of card readers over the centuries.

An historical record does exist in genre art that depicts ordinary people going about their everyday work and recreations. In this slide presentation and talk, Mary analyses the visual content of paintings, prints and postcards showing cartomancers from the 16th through early 20th century. She brings to light both the professional and recreational characteristics of those people who practised cartomancy and reveals their largely unseen and under-acknowledged role in everyday Western society.

It’s an empowering experience for card readers to see themselves as part of a long-lived profession that ultimately goes back to the oracles and diviners of ancient times.

About the presenter

Mary K. Greer is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional Tarot consultant known for her innovative teaching techniques. With an M.A. in English Literature, she taught Tarot in colleges for 15 years. She is the author of 12 books on Tarot and on magic, and was first to write about using Tarot for oneself. She pioneered what she calls the RITE method: “Readings that are Interactive, Transformational and Empowering.”

Featured at most Tarot conferences in the U.S. and abroad, Mary travels the world teaching Tarot. In 2007, Mary received the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Tarot Studies and is a research partner in Le Tarot Associazione Culturale (Italy). She also received the 2006 Mercury Award from the Mary Redman Foundation for “excellence in communication in the metaphysical field,” and the 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) award for best divination book.

Her books include Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses, and is a co-author of Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story. You can find her at http://marykgreer.com and on Facebook.

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