some quotes, links, books, music and other references that might inspire you. One way or another, they have all fed into Tarot Circo.

The work of Beth Maiden (and now a range of other contributors as well) - a great resource for all things Tarot and more. Great for the contemporary viewpoint, and exploring intersectionality.

Article about the life and work of Pamela Colman Smith - the artist who created the images for the Rider Waite Smith deck. A good bit of Tarot history here too.

The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino (1973): a beautifully bizarre novel, bringing together a group of stranded travellers who wordlessly tell their stories using only a deck of Tarot cards. With images - a great example of Tarot being used for storytelling; while also exploring how meaning is created.

Jennifer Armbrust's Proposals for the Feminine Economy :

The Ace of Cups.

Not just a great Tarot band-name, but an amazing band from the late-'60s Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco. They were never signed by a label, but now in their 70s are playing and recording together again. I love their description of the role they played in their community ("whatever was needed") - and to see how creative energy reaches joyfully beyond oppressive structures. This short film tells some of their story. "This is the place I grow the best". . .

"This is a green world,

with animals comparatively few

and small, and all dependent on the

leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have

strange ideas that they live by money. They think

energy is generated by the circulation of coins.

Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony,

growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a

mere mineral mass: and we live not

by the jingling of our coins, but by

the fullness of our harvests."

- Patrick Geddes

"All together,

we are changing from

a society whose organizing

principle is the pyramid or hierarchy

to one whose image is a circle.

Humans are linked, not ranked.

Humans and the environment

are linked, not ranked."

- Gloria Steinem

The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin: a brilliant book for nuanced card-interpretations and how they relate to our lives now. With references to writers and artists of all kinds through history to the present day - a really fresh and relatable approach.

Blackbird - the beatles

"The deep

imagination is also our

primary resource for recognising the

emerging future, for 'seeing' the visionary

possibilities of what we can create right

now - individually and collectively... It

is our essential resource for all

genuine human creativity."

- Bill Plotkin