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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

In Memorium – Jean-Claude Flornoy

  It seems ever so strange to farewell someone from the tarot world. We all know of our own mortality, as well as the loss of various other contributors to the world, yet somehow when such a event arives, even when more or less anticipated, it remains an unexpected shock. Jean-Claude’s passing is certainly a dear loss to not only his family and friends, but also to the broader world of tarot.

Past Newsletters that deal with Jean-Claude Flornoy’s work include:
Roxanne Flornoy’s Working with Children: Tarot creations;
Robert Mealing’s The Jean Noblet Tarot, restored by Jean-Claude Flornoy;
Jean-Claude & Roxanne Flornoy’s From an oral tradition to the Tarot as history…;
Enrique Enriquez Interviews J-C. Flornoy; and
Jean-Michel David’s 1701 Dodal restored!

Jean-Claude has published various booklets on tarot, including:
‘Règle du jeu des tarots: Circa 1650’;
‘Jean Dodal, Lyon, 1701 : Tarot de Marseille’; and
‘Le pèlerinage de l’âme’ (translated as ‘Journey of the Soul’).

His 2007 book Le pèlerinage des bateleurs (available only in French, isbn 9782914820080) combines his love of the Noblet deck with his views on tarot in general. He has also, of course, and for many of us, principally, produced a variety of hand-made trump-only reproductions including the Dodal and the Noblet (as well as a non-tarot deck), and subsequently expanded these two key tarot decks to their full 78-card sets, printed using a commercial press.

Jean-Claude has also produced ‘oversized’ tarot images exhibited in various places, as well as ‘life-sized’ metal-based Conver images many of which can now be found around commercial venues in Ste Suzanne.

Here are a few reflections on Jean-Claude’s recent passing.

We met in 2005 at Roxanne and Jean-Claude’s house in Western France. It was a time to get to know each other, tell of our respective careers (I was 50, Jean-Claude 56) and exchange views on the tarot. The atmosphere of this short visit combined an air of Woodstock with a rural context very different from my native Southern France.

The charming old house in its verdant summer landscape of slate roofs was also a big change from the heat-scorched grasses and clay tile-covered houses familiar around Marseille.

Aware that Time does fly, we agreed to stay in touch, as a shared passion can only cement a friendship as long as egos are kept in check.

We saw each other again the following year in my part of the country when Jean-Claude came to give a Tarot workshop in the Panier quarter of Marseille’s old town. Remember Terry Gaster…

There he introduced me to another Tarot enthusiast: Wilfried Houdouin. This was a chance to again share projects and ideas.

After that, time and distance did separate us, but mails and the telephone worked pretty well, especially after having met in person.

Then I learned from Roxanne that his Thread of Life would soon break…The next day, about two weeks ago, I called Jean-Claude. It was the day before he left the hospital in Le Mans to be moved closer to where he lived.

We spoke with much lucidity – there was no longer time for nonsense or pretenses.

We said both adieu (à Dieu?) and good-bye.

He was alert, and said he was ready (in the sense of being prepared).

He knew the Passage would be soon.

I had never thought of it as being so near …and he so close to me, as well.

Thanks for everything, and see you later, old mate!!

And now I’m crying….a dumb thing to write, eh?

Jean-Claude and Roxanne, I embrace you both.

Yves le Marseillais

   The world has no quarrel
   with the tarot images
   but with what it is said about them
   Don’t change the images
   change the words
   To be re-found
   the tarot had to be found
   Thanks Jean-Claude Flornoy
   Thanks my friend
in memory of Jean-Claude Flornoy (Paris 1950 – Sainte-Suzanne 2011), who taught me that you don’t make images, but images make you.

Enrique Enriquez

I recall when I first received through the mail those hand-made decks, stencilled by what means I could then only guess. Jean-Claude and Roxanne were to some years later invite us into their home (this was back in 2005). It was a hot summer, and we slept in the loft where Jean-Claude also had some of his work neatly organised.

One of the details I recall is that we opened the window to let the night air in – unbeknownst to us also letting in a small bat that proceeded to keep us company throughout that night.

The next day Jean-Claude also opened a package in which he had commissioned an artist to render a card (I cannot recall which) directly onto a piece of stretched parchment. It seemed that hours were spent on conversation and quiet contemplaction around this single item, not only on the details therein depicted, but also on why parchment would indeed make such a poor medium for a deck.

The walks around the village, the local castle, the river…

… and the anticipation of meeting again in what would have been but a few months.

You’re missed, mon frère.

Jean-Michel David

Jean-Claude at work and at rest…

and some of his larger works…

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