“A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life.”
~ Joseph Campbell
In 2019, I began the process of creating Ritual Tarot, a 78 card tarot deck using analog collage. Each card was designed exclusively using deconstructed books and vintage paper ephemera. The cards are largely informed and inspired by the work of Pamela Colman Smith and Lady Frieda Harris, the artists who created the iconic imagery for the Rider Waite Tarot and The Crowley Thoth Tarot. My approach to constructing the cards was highly intuitive and my process unconventional, though I aimed to stay true to the traditional archetypes and symbols of the Tarot.
Ritual Tarot features the 22 Major Arcana cards of the tarot - (The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World) as well as the 58 cards of the Minor Arcana. The deck will premier at my exhibit at 1078 Gallery in Chico, this coming fall. Featured below are all 78 card designs - click on each card to view the title and explore its meaning.