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The Coming of the Goddess to Tarot

When the Mamluk pack came to Europe near the end of the 1300s, it had four suits with cards 1-10 and three Royals per suit. There were no human images on any cards, only numbers and titles, and all of the Royals were masculine. Europe’s reaction to this new arrival was to add four Queens and an entire suite of Trumps, among which were a goodly proportion of female icons.

In the first of these two classes, Christine Payne-Towler investigates the themes that were part of settled and established Tradition by 1400, when the Mamluk pack first begins to show Western influence. In the second, she investigates some of the cultural and social forces that pushed the face of the Feminine Divine to the surface of the Tarot in the century of its first appearance in 78-card form.

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The Coming of the Goddess to Tarot

$30.00 USD

When the Mamluk pack came to Europe near the end of the 1300s, it had four suits with cards 1-10 and three Royals per suit. There were no human images on any cards, only numbers and titles, and all of the Royals were masculine.

Europe’s reaction to this new arrival was to add four Queens and an entire suite of Trumps, among which were a goodly proportion of female icons. Some of these images are quite surprising to see if we take the stance that the Trumps represent orthodox Christian values. Coincidentally, there was a movement afoot in Europe during the same era that fostered a spiritual feminism that survived in the margins of Christianity, drawing from Gnosticism, Astrology, Kabbalism, Alchemy and Persian angelology.

In the first of these two classes, Christine investigates the themes that were part of settled and established Tradition by 1400, when the Mamluk pack first begins to show Western influence. In the second, she investigates some of the cultural and social forces that pushed the face of the Feminine Divine to the surface of the Tarot in the century of its first appearance in 78-card form.

About the presenter

Christine Payne-TowlerChristine Payne-Towler is a staunch and steady supporter of the Continental Tarots, their inherent esotericism, and the various lineages of Tarot that have stemmed from this tradition. She is the author of The Underground Stream; Esoteric Tarot Revealed, as well as the the writer of the divinatory Tarot text at the website Tarot.com. Since 2007, Christine has been presiding over a growing body of work at the Tarot University ArkLetters website. In 2012 she and partner Michael Dowers published their own Continental deck – The Tarot of the Holy Light.

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