If you follow Richard Kaczynski on FB you’ll have noted that a fair amount of folks have been contributing to his ongoing chronicling of use of cards from the Thoth deck in mainstream media. BUT IF YOU DON’T – nows a good time to catch up on the recent editions to his collected sightings.
“Upon its first color publication in 1971, the captivating and provocative images of the Thoth Tarot vaulted into the visual of lexicon of popular culture, lending its exotic touch to television, motion pictures, comic books, and album covers. Originally designed by Aleister Crowley and painted by Frieda Lady Harris during World War II, the Thoth Tarot quickly became one of the biggest-selling Tarot decks in the world.
“This page is a real-time version of the Thoth sightings appendix from my paper “The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot: Collaboration and Innovation” in Emily E. Auger (ed.), Tarot in Culture (2014). That appendix reflects what I had discovered by 2009 when I presented my findings to the annual meetings of the Popular Culture Association. The list has since grown substantially, and I plan to keep it updated here. Not included are books that deal specifically with Aleister Crowley, occultism, the Thoth Tarot, or Tarot in general, as my goal is to document the images’ spillover into other areas of popular culture.
“Emily Auger added significantly and generously to this list by sharing research from her forthcoming book, Cartomancy and Tarot in Film 1940-2010; please buy her book when it comes out. Thanks also to the following keen-eyed Thoth-spotters who brought their sightings to my attention: Krzysztof Azarewicz, Kikhos Ba-Midhbar, Antti Balk, William Breeze, Liesl Cluff, Lisa Coffin, Madeleine le Despencer, Charles DeYoe, Skott Holck, George Hoornet, Sophia Horodysky, Hypathia, Steven Intermill, Danny Johnson, Hank Kuhfeldt, Ron Lelito, Shellay Maughan, Jessica Melusine, Julian Nichols, Stephanie Olmstead-Dean, Neil Pettijohn, Chris Phosphorous, Laurence Roberts, Peter Scott, Sondra L. Scott, Frater Serendipitous, Thomas Silver, Trina Simpson-Parker, Curt Steinmetz, Arild Strømsvåg, Patrick Sullivan, Christopher Surprise, Bryce Svob, Marco Visconti, Chris Walker, Mark Walker, and Ilan Weiler.
“All images are presented for educational purposes. The Thoth Tarot is © Ordo Templi Orientis, all rights reserved. The entries in this timeline indicate the studio or publisher that owns the copyright in the associated still image.”