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Fortune Telling Cards (3)

May 30th, 2013 · 6 Comments


Of course, if you have any gumption, you’ll design your own fortune telling cards.  Above is one of the cards from a Tarot deck by the remarkable Argentine artist Xul Solar (1887-1963).  His deck includes curious personalities such as this (Gemini?), as well as more traditional trumps.


And deities from other traditions, such as Bes and Ganesha.



I was fortunate enough to visit the Museo Xul Solar in Buenos Aires earlier this year.  His first New York exhibit is now up at the Americas Society in Manhattan; it’s well worth a visit.

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mamie // Jun 2, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Lovely! Xul Solar is grossly under appreciated. Thank you for shining a light on him.

  • 2 Win // Jun 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Splendid images. Thanks for the alert to the show.

  • 3 Doug // Jun 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

    The show also has some nice stuff by Borges (a longtime friend of Solar), Norah Borges, Aleister Crowley (who initiated Solar) and others. A treat!

  • 4 Mamie // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I love Bes and Ganesh!

  • 5 Susan Siegrist // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This deck is so fabulous and I’m eating my heart out that I missed the exhibition!

  • 6 Doug // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Xul Solar was a wonderful artist; he’s worth seeking out.

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