The evolution of the 'mother' in tarot

Farley, Helen S. (2006) The evolution of the 'mother' in tarot. Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation, 32 (2). pp. 68-87. ISSN 0311-4198


The article explores the portrayal of maternity in the first tarot decks which were beautifully hand-painted in the courts of Northern Italy in the fifteenth century. She argues that despite the absence of the image of the mother from the original decks at first glance, the mother has always been present in the tarot deck in some form. The manner in which the author demonstrates how the image of the mother has become explicit and integral in many New Age divinatory tarot decks is presented.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2011 12:15
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 04:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italy; tarot cards; tarot(game); card games; motherhood
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)

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