Cartomancy and Tarot in Film: 1940–2010

Emily E. Auger’s new book, Cartomancy and Tarot in Film: 1940–2010 (Intellect, 2016) is now available for pre-order in hardcover; an ebook edition is also expected.

From the publisher’s website:

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 an abbreviated filmography—including nearly 200 films—detailing their relationships to cartomancy. As Tarot communities continue to grow worldwide, Cartomancy and Tarot in Film will be of interest to scholars of esoteric studies, film, folklore, playing cards, popular culture, and religion, as well as diviners the world over.

Emily E. Auger is the author of Tarot and Other Meditation Decks and Tech-Noir Film, as well as the editor of Tarot in Culture, Volumes One and Two. She has taught art history in Canadian and American universities for more than twenty years.

May 2016, 400 pages, price $114. Distributed in the US by the University of Chicago.

Cartomancy and Tarot in Film

Richard Kaczynski

Richard Kaczynski is the author of the biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2002; rev exp ed 2010), the history Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012), the novel The Billionth Monkey (2015), Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City (2019), along with a bunch of other books, articles, and chapters that you can read about at his website,

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