some quotes, links, books, music and other references that might inspire you. One way or another, they have all fed into Tarot Circo.
The work of Beth Maiden (and now a range of other contributors as well) - a great resource for all things Tarot and more. Great for the contemporary viewpoint, and exploring intersectionality.
Article about the life and work of Pamela Colman Smith - the artist who created the images for the Rider Waite Smith deck. A good bit of Tarot history here too.
Jennifer Armbrust's Proposals for the Feminine Economy :
The Ace of Cups.
Not just a great Tarot band-name, but an amazing band from the late-'60s Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco. They were never signed by a label, but now in their 70s are playing and recording together again. I love their description of the role they played in their community ("whatever was needed") - and to see how creative energy reaches joyfully beyond oppressive structures. This short film tells some of their story. "This is the place I grow the best". . .
"This is a green world,
with animals comparatively few
and small, and all dependent on the
leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have
strange ideas that they live by money. They think
energy is generated by the circulation of coins.
Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony,
growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a
mere mineral mass: and we live not
by the jingling of our coins, but by
the fullness of our harvests."
- Patrick Geddes
we are changing from
a society whose organizing
principle is the pyramid or hierarchy
to one whose image is a circle.
Humans are linked, not ranked.
Humans and the environment
are linked, not ranked."
- Gloria Steinem
Blackbird - the beatles
imagination is also our
primary resource for recognising the
emerging future, for 'seeing' the visionary
possibilities of what we can create right
now - individually and collectively... It
is our essential resource for all
genuine human creativity."
- Bill Plotkin