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Cartomancy and Tarot in Film

Cartomancy and Tarot in Film

Emily E. Auger


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In the first book-length study of Tarot cards on the silver screen, Emily E. Auger contextualizes cartomancy – the practice of fortune telling via playing cards – and dives deep into its invention and promulgation in film. After providing an introduction to divination and cartomancy, Auger offers detailed descriptions and analyses of the roles that cartomancy and Tarot cards play in films. The book features a filmography including nearly two hundred films, detailing their relationships to cartomancy. As Tarot communities continue to grow worldwide, Cartomancy and Tarot in Film will be of increasing interest to scholars of esoteric studies, film, folklore, playing cards, popular culture, and religion, as well as diviners the world over.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Half Title i
Title iii
Copyright iv
Contents v
Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Part 1 Divination, Cards, and Culture 1
Chapter 1: Introduction 3
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Cards and Cartomancy 21
The Invention of Cards and Cartomancy 23
Cartomancy Prototypes in Narrative 27
Chapter 3: A Brief History of the Tarot Trumps 35
The Gaming Deck: From Paint to Print 37
Tarot and Cartomancy 41
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn 44
Popularization and Commodification 46
Part 2 Cards and Cartomancy in Film 63
Chapter 4: Cartomancers and Querents as Film Characters 65
Gender, Age, Marital Status, and Profession 68
Ethnicity, Eccentricity, and the Supernatural 72
The Mystic 74
Nomadism 76
Chapter 5: Cartomancy and Tarot in Film Narratives 79
The Cartomancy Reading 81
The Narrative Roles of Cartomancy and Tarot Scenes 85
Cartomancy and Tarot in Genres and Themes 90
Chapter 6: Tarot Trumps in Film 97
Chapter 7: Conclusion 187
Appendix 1: Filmography 195
Appendix 2: Charts 263
Chart 1 Cartomancers and Querents as Characters 265
Chart 2 Cartomancers and Querents: Gender, Age, Marital Status, and Professionalism 267
Chart 3 Tarot Trumps in Film 274
Chart 4 Tarot Trumps in Film Genres 276
Chart 5 Frequency of Tarot Trumps in Film Genres 287
Chart 6 Tarot Trumps in Films by Theme 288
Chart 7 Frequency of Tarot Trumps in Films by Theme 292
Appendix 3: Cartomancy and Tarot Films by Date 293
Appendix 4: Carmen on Screen 303
Appendix 5: Directors of Cartomancy and Tarot Films 309
Appendix 6: Actresses and Actors Playing Cartomancers 317
Appendix 7: Actresses and Actors Playing Cartomancy Querents 325
Bibliography 333
Sources for Films (Novels, Graphic Novels, Video Games) 348
Cartomancy Decks Cited 351
Index 355
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