Tarot of the Month: In praise of Pamela Colman Smith

220px-Pamela_Colman_Smith_circa_1912This month let us recognize the woman who created the most iconic Tarot images – Pamela Colman Smith. In 1909, she was commissioned by Arthur Waite to illustrate a tarot deck. She was the first to create full illustrate the court and number cards as well as the cards of the Major Arcana.

Smith was well-known as a romantic illustrator, and she designed costumes and sets for the Lyceum Theater (then run by Dracula author Bram Stoker). Smith founded her own magazine, The Green Sheaf, and collected and retold Jamaican fairy tales. She was friends with W.B Yeats, actress Ellen Terry,  and actress Florence Farr, who modeled for Smith during the illustration of the tarot deck.

Like Arthur Waite, Smith was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Her contemporaries speculated about her race (she was rumored to be biracial, although there is no evidence to support this) and her sexuality. Later in life Smith became a Catholic. Her style of art fell out of favor following WWI and is just now receiving renewed recognition.

For more about this amazing woman, here’s the entry I wrote for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Between the Lines Book Club: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

between the lines book club logoWelcome to Between the Lines Book Club for April! This month we are reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. In this autobiography the current host of the Daily Show talks about growing up as a mixed-race child in South Africa during Apartheid, when sexual and romantic relationships between white people and black people were illegal.

We will be meeting at Arden Dimick Library on April 27, 2019 at 10:30AM to discuss the book. Here’s Trevor Noah’s introduction!

A late, happy post

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This post is late because my friends had a baby and I had the honor of helping them out right after the birth with their other kids, who are the sweetest kids ever. The next day I got to hold the baby. Is anything better than a sleeping baby? Besides handing them back to their parents when they wake up?

As Easter approaches, we are reminded of the universality of Spring festivals that rejoice in the end of winter. Here’s an article from Scientific American that debunks some myths and shares some true stories about the significance of eggs across cultures, and here’s one about the significance of bunnies.  The importance of chocolate, in my opinion, speaks for itself! How lovely to cuddle a baby during this season of birth…and how luxurious to eventually go home to bed!