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.
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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.Review:
“Emily Auger's account of the use of tarot cards and tarot imagery in films is nothing if not detailed...It gives an insight into one of the ways tarot, and the lore surrounding it, has entered popular culture, and influenced the way the topic is perceived in broader society and culture.”
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