Artist Mieke Marple is releasing the second edition of her Art World Tarot deck this Saturday and Sunday at Workshop Residence in San Francisco. She'll be hosting Tarot readings both days, Saturday 11am-5pm, with a reception from 6pm-8pm, and Sunday 11am-2pm.
“The origins of the Tarot are so veiled in the mists of time that it is only natural for myths and legends to surround it. Superstition, flights of fancy, and speculation have added their own patterns to the rich and colorful tapestry of Tarot lore and have only deepened its aura of magic and mystery. Cults have grown up around one or another historical theory, and sometimes their adherents have become fanatical in proclaiming the one and only “truth.” But the better-informed investigators retain a certain amount of flexibility—even skepticism—and make no ironclad assertions.
The earliest tarot cards that survive today were used as playing cards by Italian nobles in the late 14th century. It wasn’t until the 19th century, when French occultists connected tarot imagery back to ancient Egypt, that the cards became used for divination. The Rider Waite Smith deck, which debuted in 1909, was the first deck to be mass-produced in English and remains the most popular today. It was intended for fortune telling rather than gameplay and is the deck on which Marple based her cards. Art World Tarot features a network of art world compatriots within a world of minimal, black and white symbolism.