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 Posted: Sun Jul 6th, 2014 08:05 pm
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Kwaw wrote: .......Suddenly and quite unexpectedly, we were recently allowed to see a series of Tarot cards painted by Christian Loring (exhibiting at the Autumn Salon) of great finesse and distinction. The colours are beautiful and so subtle that it seems almost impossible to render these Arcana in Black and white. We have not lost hope that one day, a lover of beauty and spiritual thought - perhaps one or more of our readers? - Will reproduce this wonderful Tarot to leave as a legacy for future generations, or help us to do so, on a practical basis.....

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....We are proud to be able to show for the first time this new artistic version of the Tarot....

....It is rare - oh so rare! - To find in the same person an artist gifted with such subtlety and charm, having impeccable design and control of harmonious shades of colour, as well as a serious scholar and occultist. As readers of Astrosophy know, “occultist” is not a title we readily give. Christian Loring is very advanced in Cabbalism and some Mysteries thereto unknown. We are keen that our readers believe in the true artistic and occult value of the paintings that will appear....

...It would not be fair on our part, not to recognize the great merit of the work of other researchers in the same line. Christian Loring was inspired, with some modifications, by the Major Arcana as indicated by Oswald Wirth in his book: Le Tarot des Imagiers du Moyen Age, but, as a specialist in medieval art, is free from the rigid and awkward style of primitive times.


According to the Astrosophie introductory statement, it sounds like Christian Loring created this deck entirely on his own, inspired by Wirth, and that Rolt-Wheeler first discovered it at an exhibition of the paintings, after it was complete. Rolt-Wheeler then picked it up for serial publication in his journal, and used it to promote the sale of his courses in Cabalism. He says this was the first showing, so the deck was published afterwards, likely as a result of exposure in the magazine. Reading between the lines, my guess is that it was published with an eye toward competing with the Rider-Waite. The war may very well have disrupted the sale or even destroyed the inventory one way or another. Perhaps only some already-sold copies are all that survive.

In hindsight, I certainly wish I'd bought this copy, as it was not entirely out of reach, but I wasn't sure of its rarity, and I was onto something else at the time. In any case, I'm sure another will turn up eventually.

Last edited on Sun Jul 6th, 2014 08:06 pm by OnePotato

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