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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - April 2015

by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin

Llewellyn.com - April 2015

In the past decades, many questions regarding the world's most popular tarot, the Waite-Smith (or Rider-Waite-Smith) Tarot, have been answered. But one question remains open: why did this deck become the model for virtually every other deck in the last century? Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin, authors of the new Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot, explain.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - April 2015

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1. Your new book, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot, is the fourth book in three years on which the two of you have collaborated—and you have two new oracle decks coming out this year, as well. From where do you draw your ideas?

Marcus Katz

Everyone looks for purpose in their life; in writing, we try and connect to a higher place and share this experience in our books. It sounds clichéd, and spiritually contrived, but it is how we feel—every book, every deck, is part of one story, the same story we all seek. In working with the esoteric tradition we remember what is important to us—and everything else follows. We try and teach and leave in our books a magical legacy, to which anyone can connect and join us in creating a good life.

We were asked this online recently, and we pulled a tarot card in answer; it was the Empress, signifying perhaps the secret to productivity is to do what you enjoy and keep it as down-to-earth as possible.

2. What is the collaborative writing process like?

Tali Goodwin

We get asked this a lot, but it is still a mystery to us, and an ongoing adventure.

We often think about how Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur Edward Waite worked together, so briefly and powerfully, and how Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley took five years to work on the Thoth Tarot. We have little record of the former and surviving letters from the latter. It seems that such collaborations always produce more than the sum of their parts, and yet remain a mystery in their magic.

We tend to always be doing four different things each at the same time, like pieces of a jig-saw that we cannot really see in advance. Sometimes pieces come together, sometimes we look at what we have both written and realize they are corner-pieces of something new.

3. The title of the book, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot, refers to the tarot as "Waite-Smith" style as opposed to the ever-popular "Rider-Waite." Why do you make this distinction?

We really wanted to use a standard and modern format for the title, to show how our book recognizes equally both Waite and Smith.

The deck has not been associated primarily with the original publisher, Rider & Sons, for many years, so is a bit redundant. We also wanted to demonstrate that our book was different to what people expect and think, yet returns to the original two sources: Pamela and Arthur. 

4. The book also includes new material from illustrator Pamela Colman Smith; where did you find this new material?


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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - April 2015

Gold and Alchemical Healing
by Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero

There are two types of alchemy that often overlap, both of which concerning the transformation of something basic into something more pure. Practical alchemy is concerned with transforming a base material into a higher and more purified substance, such as the turning of a base metal into gold. Meanwhile, spiritual alchemy is concerned with the transformation of the human soul from a state of baseness to one of spiritual enlightenment. Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, editors of the recently rediscovered Israel Regardie manuscript of Gold: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy, reveal Regardie's ideas for spiritual alchemy and personal healing.

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Wisdom from the Trees
by Penny Billington

How wonderful it would be to live in a magical place where the world is joined-up, the sacred is apparent in the everyday world, and every living thing supports each other. Penny Billington, author of The Path of Druidry and the new Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew, believes that we can, by communing with our tree friends—and that it is essential to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health that we do.

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Intuiting Your Way to Good Health
by Sherrie Dillard

Our body is always communicating to us and ready to reveal both the positive and negative influences that are impacting our health. Yet, its messages often bypass logic and reasoning. Through intuitive sensing and insight we can begin to better tune into and discern its messages. Sherrie Dillard, author of the new Develop Your Medical Intuition, describes how we can use our innate intuition as a powerful ally in uncovering the unknown factors and stresses affecting your health and wellbeing that lie outside of our conscious reach.

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - April 2015

Clearing and Charging Crystals

Improving Your Habits with Lunar Help

A Healing Spell for Your Cat


Llewellyn.com - New Releases - April 2015



The Book of Oberon, by Daniel Harms, James R. Clark, and Joseph H. Peterson
The Book of Oberon
by Daniel Harms, James R. Clark, & Joseph H. Peterson


Circle of Eight, by Jane Meredith
Circle of Eight
by Jane Meredith


Develop Your Medical Intuition, by Sherrie Dillard
Develop Your Medical Intuition
by Sherrie Dillard


Gold: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy
Gold: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy
by Israel Regardie, Edited & Annotated by Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero


Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot, by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin
Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot
by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin


Three Journeys to Heaven, by Marilou Trask-Curtin
Three Journeys to Heaven
by Marilou Trask-Curtin


The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew, by Penny Billington
The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew
by Penny Billington

Llewellyn.com - Reader's Top Picks - April 2015

  1. Evidence of Eternity
    by Mark Anthony

  2. The Secret of Your Immortal Self
    by Guy Finley

  3. Ostara
    by Kerri Connor

  4. 365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Ability
    by Alexandra Chauran

  5. Star Magic
    by Sandra Kynes





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