A double treat for E.A. Poe fans: two ways to read the tarot. Into the Maelstrom concentrates on the divinatory meanings and Tell-Tale Heart is associated with the symbolism of Poe’s works.
I have been reading tarot since the age of eight when my Gran drew sketches on pieces of wood and instructed me to think about my path as I matured and to add my own words and pictures. She also taught me to read from a common deck of 52 playing cards. By the time I was 15 I bought my first deck of tarot cards and realized my homemade deck and the store bought one were basically the same.
I love cards, all types of cards, and have read them for myself and others for years. But now I am retired and social-distanced, so I never read for others and sadly, I feel there is no reason to read for myself since I know the end of the story: no job, so not interested in whether I’ll receive a promotion or raise; no love interests; no real need for lots of money since I barely leave the house. But something about this deck awakened me, reminded me, that tarot is so much more. Tarot reminds us about the ethics—the joy—of living. It reveals our thoughts and dreams. Edgar Allan Poe’s stories were obviously a map of what to do, or not do, In life. All the archetypes of humanity are present in both the deck and Poe’s tales, so the sacred marriage of cards and stories works well.
I once answered that question about what I would want if stuck on a desert island with no chance of escape and I said, “My deck of tarot cards.” Seems like I am on that island now and have not changed my mind. This deck and book, in particular, will open up unexplored portals to the mind, whether you are a new reader or an aging one, like me. In the words of a masterful writer: perhaps “all that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream…”