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Board Games and Tarot Cards: Home
In addition to our extensive print book collection, Wiggin Library also has a selection of tarot cards and board games available to borrow. At this time these items are not listed in the online catalog but can be browsed on this guide or in the Library. Eligible patrons can request to borrow tarot cards and board games in person at the Wiggin Library circulation desk or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tarot cards and board games are reserved for graduate student use during on-campus week course week and can be borrowed for 48 hours. These items are not eligible to circulate by mail.
Next World Tarot Deck and Guidebook by Cristy C. Road
Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, the Next World Tarot envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. The Fool's Journey is about smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing. The Next World Tarot is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalised identities. The deck follows the traditional tarot structure, fully queering and reinterpreting each card.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook by Kim Krans
From Kim Krans, undisputed star of the new tarot movement, comes the box set of her hit tarot deck and guidebook--together in a beautifully designed keepsake package perfect as a gift for any occasion. For its legion of fans, The Wild Unknown is more than a tarot deck; it is a way of life. Hand drawn and deeply personal, each and every one of the 78 cards that comprise the deck is a work of art unto itself that explores the mysteries of the natural world and the animal kingdom, in spare, minimalistic, but deeply impactful line-drawings that invite contemplation and deep seeking. The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook is an equally gorgeous work of art, featuring an entirely hand-lettered and fully illustrated 200 page primer on the meanings of the major and minor arcana, the four suits of the deck, and each and every one of the 78 individual cards.
The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck by Pamela Colman Smith
Rider-Waite Tarot has set the standard for hundreds of other tarot decks, which follow the archetypal images created by Pamela Colman Smith in 1909under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite. This edition includes Smith's original hand drawn titles.A unique feature of the Rider-Waite deck, and one of the of the principal reasons for its enduring popularity, is that all of the cards, including the Minor Arcana, depict full scenes with figures and symbols. Prior to the Rider-Waite Tarot, the pip cards of almost all tarot decks were marked only with the arrangement of the suit signs -- swords, wands, cups, and coins, or pentacles. The pictorial images on all the cards allow interpretations without the need to repeatedly consult explanatory text. The innovative Minor Arcana, and Pamela Colman Smith's ability to capture the subtleties of emotion and experience have made the Rider-Waite Tarot a model for the designs of many tarot packs. -- (from The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volume III)Rider-Waite Tarot was named one of the Top Ten Tarot Decks of All Time by Aeclectic Tarot.Pamela Colman SmithBorn February 16, 1878, in Middlesex, England to American parents, Smith's childhood years were spent between London, New York, and Kingston, Jamaica. During her teens, she traveled throughout England with the theatre company of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. Thereafter, she began formal art training at Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, graduating in 1897.Smith returned to England, where she became a theatrical designer for miniature theatre, and an illustrator -- mainly of books, pamphlets and posters. Around 1903, she joined the Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1909, under the guidance of Arthur Edward Waite, she undertook a series of seventy-eight allegorical paintings described by Waite as a rectified tarot pack. The designs, published in the same year by William Rider and Son, exemplify the mysticism, ritual, imagination, fantasy, and deep emotions of the artist.Arthur Edward WaiteBorn in America in 1857, Waite was raised and educated as a Catholic in England. Beginning at the age of 21, Waite pursued research and writing on psychical and esoteric matters. Soon after joining the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he became the Grand Master, and redirected the focus of the order from magic to mysticism. The Golden Order, whose structural hierarchy was based on the Kabbalah, is considered the single greatest 20th century influence on the occult. Waite was a prolific author of occult texts, works on the Holy Grail, and the body of mystical knowledge, which comprises the basis of modern Tarot. He is best known as the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck and author of its companion volume The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, first published in 1910.
Learning Curve (LC) Ratings
Each game is followed by an Learning Curve Rating in parentheses that indicates its level of difficulty for new players: