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The Boiardo 15th c Poem
Tarot history in brief

quotations from various people

Functions of Readings
What is Tarot?


Med. on XVIIII

Emily E. Auger

Tarot and Other Meditation Decks

L. Atkinson

Orphalese Software review

S. Arwen

Memory & Instinct

Kathy Berkowitz

Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 1)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 2)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 3)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 4)

Nina L. Braden

Tarot in Literature

David Brice

Birth of Tarot

Colin Browne

Square & Compasses Tarot

Lee A. Bursten

Journeys in Tarot Creation
Vachetta review


Review: The Lo Scarabeo Story

Ross G. Caldwell

Tarot History

Bonnie Cehovet

Tarology - Poetics of Tarot
Review: Secret of Tarot
The Mystereum Tarot

N. Chishty-Mujahid

Concerning Ghisi’s Laberinto

Craig Conley

A House of Tarot Cards

A.B. Crowther

Rachel Pollack interview

Jean-Michel David

On Paneurythmy and Tarot
Tarot's expression of the numinous
Yarker, Tarot & Arcane Schools
Waite-Smith Sun card
The Fool as Wandering Jew
Tarot as Christian Art
Education through Tarot
Tarot: the vatical & the sacral
Fortuna, Ass & Monkey
Steiner and Tarot
1701 Dodal restored!
Enc. Tarot vol I-IV: review
Christ, World & Sin
Caveat Emptor:
       Visual Tarot

Tarot & AlefBeit
Review: Jean Payen Tarot
Tarot and Freemasonry
I-Ching and Pip Cards
Whither directing your course?
Tarot & the Tree of Life
Ovid, Egypt and Tarot
When the Devil isn't the Devil
Four elements and the suits
Court Cards & MBTI
Certification & Codes
Jean Dodal Marseille
Conference FAQs
Golden Dawn
Kabalah & Tarot
Golden Tarot review
Annual spread
Iraqi Museum
Two Brief TdM reviews
Meditations on the Tarot

Enrique Enriquez

The Joy of Wordplay
J-C. Flornoy interview
Embodied Tarot
Indirect Suggestions
Whispering to the Eye

Mark Filipas

History of Egyptian Decks
Lexicon Theory

Jean-Claude Flornoy

in memorium
from Oral Tradition

Roxanne Flornoy

Children and Tarot
from Oral Tradition

Mary Greer

Killing the Thoth Deck
On the Tarot of the Four Worlds
Egypt, Tarot and Mystery School Initiations

William Haigwood

The Sixties: Counterculture Tarot

Alissa Hall

Parlour Tricks

Kris Hadar

The Tarot

Claas Hoffmann

Crowley-Harris 'Thoth' deck

Michael J. Hurst

Tarot Symbolism review

K. Frank Jensen

Century with the Waite-Smith

Shane Kendal

A Poetry of Tarot

Ken J. Killeen

The Metaphysical Bible

Barbara Klaser

Language of Tarot

E. Koretaka

Cardinal Virtues

Dovid Krafchow

Kabbalistic Tarot

Lisa Larson

Perceptions of Spirituality

Suzan E. Lemont

Therapeutic Tarot Work

Eric K. Lerner

Diloggun and Tarot

N. Levine

Tarot of Prague review

C. Liknaitzky

Journey in Ceramics

Joep van Loon

Tarot Wheel

Karen Mahony


S.J. Mangan

Fool, Alef & Orion

Robert Mealing

Petrarch’s Triumphs
Jean Noblet Tarot
Hunting the "true" Marseille Tarot
Cary Sheet

Fern Mercier

Playing the Fool

C. de Mellet

Inquiries into Tarot

Sophie Nusslé

Fantastic Menagerie

Robert V. O'Neill

Tarot Symbolism
Tower Iconology

Michael Owen

Xultun Tarot

Dan Pelletier

Magic Manga Tarot
the Blank Spot

Robert M. Place

The Fool's Journey

Debra Rosenthal

Looking at the Jacques Vieville

Mjr Tom Schick

Tarot Lovers Calendar

Inna Semetsky

Counseling Reading for Spouses
Learning the language of images
Re-Symbolization of Self
Tarot (dis)contents

Diana Sobolewska

'Bateleur's tale'

Russell Sturgess

Jesus's New Testament

N. Swift

Sufism & Tarot

Arthur E. Waite

Symbols of Tarot

As Time Goes By…
or my adventures with the Tarot Lovers’ Calendar

by Major Tom Schick

My experience with the calendar has as much to do with my experience with Aeclectic as to be inextricably linked. I joined Aeclectic in Spring 2001, keen to talk about the photo-collage deck I was creating, that is, Major Tom’s Tarot. So named because it was all about me but that quickly became all about Aeclectic. Many early members of Aeclectic appear in the still unfinished deck. Such is my love for Aeclectic. By Autumn 2002, Aeclectic had a tarot deck creation board with several actively creating members. It was during this period I became aware that Llewellyn weren’t publishing their tarot calendar for 2003.

I put together several beliefs. It is my firm belief that:

  1. Everyone interested should create their own tarot;
  2. Some of the most exciting artists and writers working with tarot in the world today are members of Aeclectic;
  3. The world needs a tarot calendar to showcase that talent;
  4. A percentage of any profits should be returned to Aeclectic to help maintain the community.

The Tarot Lover’s Calendars were born.

2003 Tarot Lovers Calendar

The Tarot Lover’s Calendar 2003 went on sale for £15 in October 2002. The cover featured the Lovers Card from tarot decks created by myself, Marie White (The Mary-el Tarot), Lynyrd Narciso, Robin Ator (the International Icon Tarot), and Scott Cain. The First Aeclectic Community Tarot. There were 13 original tarot spreads and an essay by Holmes. The calendar was printed in landscape format and the colour backgrounds were the photograph of a nebula. Seventy-five copies were sold in three printings. I do not have my own copy because I sold them all.

Every year I learn something new producing the next year’s calendar.

2004 Tarot Lovers Calendar

The Tarot Lover’s Calendar 2004 was also printed in landscape format and the backgrounds to the colour pages were black with a large white border. The cover featured the Lover’s cards from tarot decks created by Mari Hoshizaki, Elaine Moertl (The Ferret Tarot), Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov (Baba Studio) (The Tarot of Prague), Lynyrd Narciso, AmounRa, Ravenswing, Robin Ator (The Ator Tarot), Ann E. Cass (The World Tree Tarot), John R. Ellison, and Rod Sena. The First and Second Aeclectic Community Tarots rounded out the decks featured. It featured 12 original tarot spreads, a list of useful web addresses, and articles by Jean-Michel David, Kim Huggens, Dan Pelletier and myself. Retail price was £12.99 and 100 copies were printed and sold out, but I kept a copy for myself.

I always seek feedback from purchasers and contributors.

2005 Tarot Lovers Calendar

For the 2005 edition, in response to feedback, the calendar was printed in portrait format with backgrounds for the colour pages grey bled to the edge. The cover featured 12 Lover’s Cards from tarot decks created by Lynyrd Narciso, Isthmus Nekoi, Linda Vaughan, Baba Studio (Baroque Bohemian Cats’), Willie Hewes (The Simple Tarot), Samantha Kocsis (The Dolphin-Daze Tarot), Debra M. Given D.V.M. (The Cat’s Eye Tarot), my own Major Tom’s Tarot of Marseilles, Sherry Wood and Lisa Krough, Robyn Tisch-Hollister (Tarot of the Midnight Masquerade), Elaine Moertl (Chat du Marseille) and Monika Clio Sakki (The Sakki-Sakki Tarot). There were 13 original tarot spreads – one on the back cover. Cover price was £11.99 and 300 copies were printed and have only recently sold out.

Feedback has always suggested simplifying and cleanliness of design.

2006 Tarot Lovers Calendar

For the 2006 edition the calendar was printed in portrait format on cream coloured card to be its own background for the colour. The cover again featured 12 Lover’s cards from tarot decks created by Robyn Tisch-Hollister (The Minute Tarot), N. Joy Neish, Simone Roeder, Lynyrd Narciso, Melanie J. Cook, Maria Miduki and Michel Angela, Ciro Marchetti (Tarot of Dreams), Chris Butler, Baba Studios (The Fairytale Tarot), Samantha Kocsis (The Monster Movie Tarot), Kim Huggens and Nic Phillips (Sol Invictus – The God Tarot), and Lyia Bochkis. It also featured 13 original tarot spreads, had a cover price of £10.99. Three hundred copies were printed and there are still some available on my website for £7.00 including shipping.

The 2007 edition will feature a cover designed by Chris Butler and will also be printed on cream card in portrait format. It is currently available for pre-order on my website at The expected release date is the end of September 2006.

Every year as soon as one calendar is shipped I start work on the next. Every year I hope to deliver the calendar by July and end up delivering in September. Despite my best intentions, this seems to be the rhythm for the calendar. For 2007, the cover price of the calendar is US $25. Only the number pre-ordered will be printed and discounts are available for multiple purchases. Just get in touch. I’m keeping details of the contributors a secret for the moment but don’t think anyone will be disappointed. The standard is better than ever. I learn something new every year.

The Tarot Lover’s Calendars are very much the product of group effort. Without all the contributors, supporters and purchasers they could not exist. For me, the fun is working with all of them. Thank you everybody.

2007 Tarot Lovers Calendar

External links

The Tarot Lovers Calendar is available directly from Tom Schick via his website at

Pre-orders for the 2007 issue cost US$25 inclusive of postal charges.

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