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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

Working with Children: Tarot creations

by Roxanne Flornoy

(with an addendum by Jean-Michel David)

Jean-Claude Flornoy and I live at the foot of a Medieval village in Western France.

Ste Suzanne

The town’s historical interest make it a favourite destination for teachers who wish to organise an instructive school outing for their classes. Diverse local options allow a fairly wide choice of activity for these groups. Among them is our workshop on early printing and colouring methods.

Flornoy working with tarot design

As is usual when undertaking manual activities with children, we limit the number of participants. The emphasis is on printing techniques, paper making, and stencil-colouring as a way of popularising the coloured-image market at a time when paper was becoming an affordable alternative to parchment.

Flornoy working with tarot design

For centuries a primary source of energy was water, and the river that winds through our valley was exploited by numerous mills. Among these was a paper mill whose production furnished the paper for the playing cards made here at the end of the 18th century. The local museum houses the woodblock used to print these cards, and Jean-Claude has re-edited a restored, stencil-coloured version of this deck. The children colour an enlarged version of one of these cards, but first they undertake three Dodal tarot images (hermit, popess, and emperor: also a bit enlarged).

Flornoy working with tarot design

Perfect stencil colouring is very finicky work. However, for beginners it is encouraging that even somewhat faulty results can look quite good. It is always magical to lift off the stencil and see what passing the brush over all those little holes actually accomplishes. Everyone always appreciates the RED – it goes on so well, and is so rich!!

As Jean-Claude is a cartier-enlumineur, and the tarot is his speciality, working on tarots seems perfectly natural. France can be said to have the tarot as part of its genetic cultural makeup. Furthermore, there are (non-divinatory) tarot players all over the country. Public schools are fiercely secular here, but no teacher has ever balked at, or even reacted to the use of the three Dodal images. We make no attempt to deal with what these images might convey, and the children take this work home with them…so we can say (well, we won’t say it really) that the tarot is naturally introduced into the environment of each and every one of these young souls, to wend its way as it can. The traditional message was always subliminal, direct. What better way to perpetuate it, unpolluted by generations of verbiage and speculation.

Dodal stenciled Atouts


addendum by Jean-Michel David

In addition to the work of the Flornoys, Pierrick Pinot, Illuminator-Painter and creator of Tarot de la Félicité, Le Tarot d’Argolance and the Tarot de Minuit, has also worked as ‘artist in residence’ at the school Léo Férré in Ambrières-Les-Vallées in Mayenne, France.

As an artistic and cultural project under the auspices of the French Department of Education, and in collaboration with the headmaster and teachers, arose the wonderful Léo Férré Tarot.

This project made it possible for children to work on the syllabus of History in connection with Literature and Arts. The collaboration of 72 students worked on a traditional “Tarot de Marseilles” design under the combined leadership of Mr Gilles Heuzé, Plastic Art teacher and Pierrick Pinot.

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