I took an
interest in the Tarot as a teenager. In 2015 I took a
break from computer science to record a series of 26
mini-lectures on the Minor Arcana of the Tarot. The
result was 5 hours of recorded speech. In 2017 I
transcribed these lectures into text, during the course
of which I made extensive improvements and amendations.
The resulting text The New Guide to the Tarot
volume I, the Minor Arcana was published in 2018.
New Guide traces the origins of the Tarot back to
the ancient world of the Presocratic Greek philosophers,
through the medieval world to the world of today. The
later chapters on the court cards use a personalised
form of Jungian psychology to order the development of
the court cards and uses poetry, literature and film to
illustrate the concepts.
New Guide contains over a hundred colour
illustrations from leading Tarot designs including (in
The Absolut Tarot, the Anna K. Tarot, the Circadian
Tarot, the Crystal Visions Tarot, the Druid Craft Tarot,
the Elric Tarot, the Hidden Realm Tarot, the Horne
Tarot, the Hudes Tarot, the Maat Tarot, the Marseille
Tarot, the Nizzoli Tarot, the Pagan Cats Tarot, the
Pauline Cassidy Tarot, the Rider-Waite Tarot, the Robin
Wood Tarot, the SG Tarot, the Shadowscapes Tarot, the
Solar-Busca Tarot, the Star Tarot, the Thoth Tarot, the
Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the Wizards Tarot.
The New Guide shows that underlying the Minor Arcana is
a powerful and compelling ancient code based on
numerology and the elements, which orders the cards into
both a cosmology and a blueprint of the human psyche.
Guide to the Tarot volume I,
the front cover shows the Ace of Wands from the Star