There are many Tarot decks but only one has sold over 6 million copies, and shows the work of the most under-rated British artist of the 20th century… her name was Pamela Colman Smith. The Waite-Smith deck was built on astrology. The wands suit was given to fire signs. The Pentacles suit to earth. The Cups to water. The Swords to air. Her cards, inspired and guided by the author and Golden Dawn leading light Arthur Waite, are very special.
My friends Imogen Edwards-Jones and Daisy Waugh (a professional Tarot reader) have written fantastic new novels with Tarot magic woven into the plot. I packed these in my luggage from London to Dubai and couldn’t stop reading. If you are a Tarot reader yourself, or just fascinated by the cards, trust me – these two authors know what they are doing!
Who is the model for The Magician? Is it W.B. Yeats who introduced Pamela Colman Smith to The Golden Dawn? Even if we don’t know the identity of the inspiration for this card (and it may even be a woman) it is clearly a theatrically inspired piece of work.