Tarot Blog Hop: Commune, Communicate, Commemorate

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Welcome to our stop on the Samhain blog hop. The subject our wrangler, Arwen, gave us is to “Commune, Communicate, Commemorate with those who have gone on before us.”

We can’t think of a better person to commemorate than artist Pamela “Pixie” Colman Smith. Her art work has become the iconic representation of the Tarot for the world. When you think of the Fool, the first image that comes to most of us is her Fool.

Side by side comparison of two versions of the Rider Waite Smith Fool

Commemorative (l), Regular (r)

Pixie’s story is a sad one as she died in relative obscurity. But her life was filled with amazing people. She was mentored by Alfred Stieglitz (he was the husband of Georgia O’Keefe). He featured her work in his New York gallery.

From Stieglitz's collection

From Stieglitz’s collection

She knew actresses, actors, poets, artists and more. Her life was filled with eccentric, interesting people. Pixie did many sketches. Here’s a sketch of poet William Butler Yates that she did in 1901.

William Butler Yeats by Pamela Colman Smith, 1901

William Butler Yeats by Pamela Colman Smith, 1901

In 1898, she had an illustration published for Yeats’ poem “The Land of Hearts Desire” which was part of _The Illustrated Verses of William Butler Yeats_.

The Land of Hearts Desire by Pamela Colman Smith

The Land of Hearts Desire by Pamela Colman Smith

And her legacy continues with the new Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand. Lovingly created with artwork from the Smith-Waite® Tarot deck and “The Golden Vanity”, this charming 36-card petit Lenormand deck pays tribute to Pamela Colman Smith. It includes a 132-page booklet.

Pixie Astounding Lenormand 29 Lady Pixie Astounding Lenormand 1 Rider
Pixie Astounding Lenormand 28 Gentleman Pixie Astounding Lenormand Tin

How has Pixie’s work influenced your life? Leave a comment answering that question to be entered into a drawing to win your own Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand tin. Get extra entries when you share this post on any Social Media using the tag #astoundingpixie . Just leave a comment letting us know where you shared it.

Happy Halloween! May you get more treats than tricks. Now hop off to the next in our Tarot Blog Hop. Don’t forget to share this post to win the deck.

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27 thoughts on “Tarot Blog Hop: Commune, Communicate, Commemorate

  1. Pixie’s work has influenced my life as it was her art work on the first deck I ever purchased and was the deck I learned with. It’s often her images used in Tarot books and is the base and reference point in many decks around today.

  2. Her work is a reference point to many of us, and an inspiration while creating an own deck. I think she can be called a role model in the world of tarot.

    Just in the previous hop post I have said that I start to think I should learn lenormand. This deck, being so similar to the RWS would be a perfect start. (Closely followed by the Celtic Lenormand because I love the images so much)

  3. Pixie’s beautiful and mysterious tarot is the reference point from which I read all tarot decks.It is the deck that I first learned to read and it is the deck to which I always return. I first saw the Rider-Waite-Smith deck when I was 4 years old, and I was drawn to it’s curious and compelling images…more than 4 decades later I am still drawn to this deck for the same reasons.

    Posted to Facebook, Facebook group – Grey Haven, and Twitter.

  4. As others have said, it is Pixie’s artwork that I held in my mind when originally learning to read the cards (I was using a deck with non-scenic pips). So I’d say that’s a fundamental part of my divination journey! (Shared via Twitter)

  5. She has a deep divine wisdom when it comes to the voice of the cards that many have but have yet heard that voice very beautiful and she has helped me hear that voice of the cards

    (Shared on Facebook)

  6. Pixie’s work has influenced me so much, opening a door to imaginative place of wonder, mystery, adventure, and endless possibilities.

  7. Her work is what brought me to tarot. How she protays her images are simple with extreme depth. There is a real story in her images. A great artist gift.

  8. This influences my life because Pixie’s work is outstanding with an unique brand of reaching me & others world wide
    Sharing this is an honour

  9. She is such an inspiration. Her illustrations for the Rider-Waite(-Smith) deck have been allowing me to tap into my intuition for over 20 years now. Her images have inspired other decks that I use & enjoy as well.
    I’m particularly fond of her symbology & depictions of animals in certain cards. I really enjoy her depiction of Strength & the 2 of Cups.
    I’m so glad that she is still (or maybe finally) receiving the notoriety & appreciation that she deserves!

  10. The work of Pamela Coleman-Smith has been seminal in developing my ability to read and recognize symbols throughout daily life, not just in the cards. I see the mythical in the everyday now because of her work, and because of how well she constructed and represented the images in the Waite-Smith deck. She is an inspiration to all women who work with Spirit, and I am delighted to honor her as she deserves to be honored.

  11. She has impacted my life by the fact that her amazing art is synonymous with Tarot. That a woman painted these iconic images is so inspiring to me, as it should be to all female artists.

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  12. How has Pixie influenced my life? Mmm… probably in many subtle ways that I’ve not considered but one that amuses me greatly is those kind of chats that happen when I’m talking to another reader and we slip into using cards as short hand and fast tracking whole story lines without having to go into all the details…

  13. I’m not sure I would have gotten into tarot if the cards hadn’t been illustrated. If the first tarot reading I saw had been with a Marseille deck, I’m not sure if it would have intrigued me to the same extent that the RWS deck did. Because of that, I guess I can say that PCS influenced my whole life by speaking to me in the efficiency of this portable artwork. I always have a deck with me.

  14. Pamela is my big sister! I am B.C.S. and she is P.C.S. She fills a void in my life because I am an only child like her and she is very important to me. I think about her many times a day and will the rest of my life until I can find her and move a few houses down from her.

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