04 Dec 2011 Leave a Comment
We have some new information on one of the photos in the Waite-Trinick Tarot book, Abiding in the Sanctuary. We have also been receiving some wonderful feedback from those who have now started to receive their book. Everyone is delighted with the speed of delivery, the quality and the presentation, so we are now waiting on considered reviews of the content.
We have put up a new site where we will be updating erratum, and other points with regard to the book:
That’s where you’ll also see that new – somewhat brilliant – piece of extra information about one of the photographs.
Here’s some of the feedback we have received so far:
“Abiding in the Sanctuary awaited me when I arrived home from a long working day away. It glowed through the carton in a strange white-silver misty festive light (like the halo of old gas-lamps). I am lost for words. The images have an entirely unique quality, they are definitely not meant for cards…. I will write more, when I have regained myself.” S.
“Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. Abiding in the Sanctuary has arrived at my home this evening. I can hardly believe I have access to it. WHAT a gorgeous book it is, well worth the (short) wait and well worth the money. I cannot review it as I haven’t yet read one word of it, but I can assure anyone who hasn’t seen it yet that it’s stunningly beautiful and the contents look incredibly promising. Some of the illustrations have already brought tears to my eyes.” M.
“I just cannot believe how quickly this book arrived at my house – just as Tarosophy did a few months back. I am thrilled with it. Am forcing myself to read it front to back so have just gotten to the start of the Trinick biography, and haven’t yet done more than flip through the amazing images at the back–I want to get to them in order and read the background first. Have enjoyed hearing about the synchronicities involved in the research and publication. This is truly a treasure of a project.” M.
“…this book is stunning! It arrived today, and I have just begun to lose myself in these amazing images. I look forward to reading it this weekend. The book is beautifully produced, too. I am thriled to have a copy of this important historical work. It will be a cherished part of my collection.” R.
“Abiding in the Sanctuary arrived today. A profound, sacred work …. having the tracing boards by Frieda Harris included was a nice surprise. Looking forward to immersing myself into this.” T.
“Got it 5 minutes ago…. Abiding in the Sanctuary has arrived! Super fast delivery, excellent packaging! The quality is second to none! The pages are full of fabulous! Stunning, every bit! Sumptuous Read. Absolutely Exquisite. I can feel the ‘Work without lust of result’. All focus, Love of research for this project…. It is felt.” G.
“OMG…. it’s just arrived and I am swooning… did a ‘sensing’ over it before opening and got some amazing pictures… Wow. I’m hibernating now so I can go cover to beautiful cover with it. I absolutely know the layers upon layers upon layers of existence …. actually, they are in moving conical swirls on the pages. Magic is as magic does. The respect and honouring of such material is booming out of the pages. I am so so so glad I have a copy … Words are not enough.” C.
“I just received my copy of Abiding in the Sanctuary in the mail. Oh Joy! Oh Bliss!
Awesome. Transcendental. Mind boggling. Exquisite. Beautiful. Thought provoking. Enlightening.
I love the back story on Waite, Trinick, Pippet, et al. I learned more about Waite and got introduced to the others. The material sets the context of the illustrations that follow.
Wondrous. Beautiful. Mystic. Inspiring. Emotional.
I could not stop staring at the images. I reviewed them quickly for an overall first glance, and then I reviewed each one of them slowly and quietly. They were amazing. I wish that these had been produced as a final deck of trumps. We can still wish…
To think that these images have been asleep for decades, just waiting for the right person or persons to awaken them from their slumber. I’m so happy and thankful that Tali and Marcus took on the task of doing so. I can’t imagine the thrill and excitement they must of experienced when they first laid their eyes on these images. The love that they put into their work, however, is quite evident, and I’m glad they brought them forth into the Tarot community as they did.” M.
[All testimonials are genuine and can be sourced on our Facebook Wall]
15 Nov 2011 1 Comment
In this article, we step in for tea with Florence Farr and W. B. Yeats in 1895, to find ourselves at the dawn of Armageddon.
It started as ever, with a chance coincidence. Who would have thought that a book purchased a generation ago, left on a house shelf, for me to find, would have contained a rare quote about the very man I was researching? There are way too many synchronicities occurring with our Waite-Trinick project. Whilst I was researching Wilfred Pippet for the project I discovered on my bookshelves at home a book about Thomas Wright of Olney, for whom Pippet had a connection and illustrated his work. In fact, Wright wrote in that very book that Pippet was very reliable – and hence perhaps why he was chosen to pick up one of the Tarot illustrations for Waite via H. M. Duncan.
[box type=”info”] We also have a wonderful picture by Pippet of St. David in Every Childs Picture Book of Saints which bears an uncanny resemblance to his depictions of Da’ath and the Emperor in the Waite-Trinick Tarot images. We do wonder what he was told of his work, being a Catholic craftsman.[/box]
Anyhow, within this book I saw in passing an entirely unconnected mention of the letters of Bernard Shaw to Florence Farr. I knew that Farr was a member of the Golden Dawn and an astonishing woman and teacher but I thought little else of the mention.
That same evening I was trawling through Oxfam online, which often sells little gems of books. I was surprised to see a copy of a book of Shaw’s letters to Farr, edited by Clifford Bax, and saw that it contained letters from W. B. Yeats, another Golden Dawn initiate, also – for sale at our local town Oxfam! As ever one thing leads to another! The following day I went down and purchased the book, which is the 1946 first edition.
There are many interesting letters here. In one of the letters from W.B Yeats to Florence Farr, he writes:
My dear SSDD [Farr’s magical motto in the Golden Dawn] has the magical Armageddon begun at last? I notice that the “Freeman’s Journal” the only Irish paper I have seen has an article from its London correspondent announcing inevitable war and backing it up with excellent argument from the character of Cleveland. The war would fulfil the prophets and especially a prophetic vision I had long ago with the Mather’s [i.e. Moina and Macgregor, one of the three co-founders of the Golden Dawn], and so far be for the glory of God but what a dusk of the nations it would be? For surely it would drag in half the world. What have your divinations said or have they said anything? When will you be in town next? Come and see me on Monday and have tea and perhaps divine for the Armageddon?
This letter was written in about December 1895, possibly in regard to the “Venezeula Crisis” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela_Crisis_of_1895) and just nineteen years before the outbreak of the first world war. It is a chilling thought that Yeats and Farr would have been having tea, performing Tarot readings and discussing Armageddon on the dawn of what would become such an apocalypse.
I was talking to Marcus about this at our daily project meeting, and he mentioned a series of novels by Clive Barker called Abarat. This features a culture that uses a form of Tarot for divination, called Abaratian Tarot – which has 88 cards.
In the latest book, the Abaratian populace live in a world that is facing impending doom. However, their powers of divination are not serving them:
As is true of all prophets, the prediction merchants of the Abarat were egotistical and combative, contemptuous of any other seers besides themselves. The fact that each of them worked in radically different ways to achieve their results only intensified the antagonism. One might see signs of futurity in the eighty-eight cards of the Abaratian tarot; another found his own vision of tomorrow in the dung of the yutter goats that grazed the golden fields of Gnomon; while a third, having witnessed the way the music of Noncian reed pipe had induced the lunatics in a madhouse on Huffaker to dance, had then discovered evidence of how the future would unfold in the footprints the patients had left in the sand.
Thus, separated by their own methodologies and by a dangerous sense of their own importance, none of the soothsayers ever compared their predictions with those of others. Had they done so they would have discovered that each of them – however unlike their methods – was receiving the same news. Bad news. A darkness was coming.
(Abarat, Clive Barker, p. 155)
It struck me, reading both Yeats letter and this extract from Barker, that when we read Tarot we rarely compare our readings. There is no such thing as an “Oracular Watch” on the world, with a crack team of diviners acting as a radar on the future – and warning us if we are coming close to disaster, or even Armageddon.
And even if there was – what would we do about it?
One of the fascinating avenues that is not included in the finished Waite-Trinick book is something I read in the work of Charles Williams, a member of Waite’s F.R.C. and accomplished author. Whilst we cover his use of Tarot in his novel, The Greater Trumps, and its relation to the Greater Symbols of the Paths (or not), his work on co-inherence proved equally interesting.
This is the doctrine that in the same way that Christ took on the sins of the World each of us cannot redeem ourselves but is in a position to redeem others. Williams asserted that we do this by taking on the pains and the trials of our close friends – this is a part of co-inherence called substituted love. A general sharing of tasks on behalf of others is simply called exchange.
In fact it is known that Williams established a small group for this practice over a long period of time called the ‘Companions of the Co-inherence’.
Is this co-inherence something that we do as Tarot readers or is that somewhat of a Messianic statement? Are we actually being self–serving when we just read for others, rather than reading for the world? Is it that between these two poles every Tarot reading and divination exists?
Now Marcus once asked what it would mean if one day everybody woke up and no Tarot reading worked, no I-ching reading applied to the situation or question, no oracle could be found to have any application to real life. What a great way to start a novel! I guess for some people it is like that already.
Turning that on its head, supposing that tomorrow we all woke up and every Tarot reading started to mean the same thing – a broadcast signal across all channels blocking out our local communication. This is the situation that Barker describes in Abarat. Would we, unlike the Abaratian “prediction merchants” put aside our “vanities and self-importance” and avoid tragedy by sharing our divinations, by co-inhering with others?
Or will Armageddon come upon us – whilst we sip tea and read Tarot?
07 Nov 2011 Leave a Comment
A Historic Day in Tarot
The British Museum, following our payment for photography from the funding drive, has now made available for viewing our commissioned photographs from the Great Symbols of the Paths album by J. B. Trinick and Wilfred Pippet. As we pledged, these divine Tarot images, hidden for almost a century and lying forgotten in the British Museum since 1973 are now made available for the benefit of all private researchers and interested parties.
This historic discovery and event has been made entirely possible by the research work of Tali Goodwin and the funding support of 100 people, who will be named in our forthcoming book, Abiding in the Sanctuary.
Please note that these are not the entirety of images – the BM are still photographing several images missing from those taken to date – nor do they include the text within the album which is subject to known copyright.
You are encouraged to view the images, however, you must strictly observe that these remain © Trustees of the British Museum, and must not be used on websites, etc., without appropriate permissions and licensing.
Also note that these are not the “final” coloured versions which are housed in private collection, and photographs of which will be included in addition to these images and other photographs in Abiding in the Sanctuary. We look forward to providing the full set, commentary, correspondences and other research & photography supporting the images.
We would again like to thank all those who have donated to the project to realise this first stage of our ambition. You have provided the Tarot community the greatest of services.
Tali Goodwin & Marcus Katz
03 Nov 2011 Leave a Comment
Est Una Sola Res
Our funding drive, which completed yesterday, raised $6,413 towards our target of $15,000. We estimate that with photography, licensing and publication costs (and additional research trips, expenses and conference presentations which were all entirely self-funded) the total budget of this project has reached approximately $20,000. Myself and Marcus Katz have covered, and will cover, any difference between this amount and the funding raised, from our own pockets. This will obviously have a massive impact on our income over the next year, but we know that this event is worth a lifetime of work, so it is not too big a price.
The final photography has now been completed and added to those photographs already from private collections and we are laying out the book at present – an exciting and daunting task. Here’s what will be included:
32 full colour full page images
23 black and white half-page plates
13-15 black and white full page images
3-8 colour full page images (additional)
These images are of the Great Symbols themselves, numbering 22 (corresponding to the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot) + 1 (Da’ath) in colour and b&w; plus many original variant illustrations and sketches of the same in both colour and b&w; plus 22 + 1 plates (the finished b&w versions); plus supplementary photographs relating to those involved in the production of the images.
There will also be a preface, introduction, biographies (featuring new information on A. E. Waite, Pippet and Trinick), text for each image and a commentary on their correspondences to the Tree of Life by Marcus Katz. Our sponsors will all be listed with their websites (if they wish) and there will also be a limited edition bookmark with one of the images and the names of sponsors.
The book will be 8” x 10” and printed on high quality lustre paper in hardback with dustjacket. We estimate that it will be 120pp.
We are looking to price the book very fairly, and estimate at present a price of £55 + postage. We have also decided that to thank all those contributing, however much their amount, the book will be available to all sponsors at a discount rate (say, £45 + postage if the standard price is £55 + postage). We will confirm price & availability shortly as we are waiting on a few final photographs which may change the page total over a publishing price-break.
The book will be produced in limited edition in accord with our licensing agreement and will have a guest scholar preface. We believe this book will be a collector’s item and an essential piece of Tarot history and look forward to presenting it prior to Christmas 2011.
28 Sep 2011 Leave a Comment
Waite-Trinick Tarot – 3
“There is an explanation of the Trumps Major which … belongs to the highest order of spiritual truth: it is not occult but mystical; it is not of public communication but abides in its own Sanctuary”.
(A. E. Waite, Shadows of Life and Thought, p. 194)
My research into the Waite-Trinick Tarot (WTT) continues to uncover further information on a daily basis and we have been grateful to everyone who has so far given support and donation to the funding drive to publish these historically valuable images.
Please do support the photography and licensing of these images for publication in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at our funding page at Indigogo. We will keep you updated as to our progress, which is intended to publish prior to December 31st 2011.
My consideration of the spiritual import of the images also continues to deepen and whilst I work with my co-author Marcus Katz to present the WTT in an appropriate manner, I felt it necessary to make a series of blog postings about how the images have called to me through this magical process and the dilemmas I have faced in responding to this call.
Much of the time I have returned to Waite’s original writings for advice, and the unpublished notes from the primary artist, John Brave Trinick, who lived so close to me here in the Lake District.
In Trinick’s personal notes on his stained glass work he wrote that his intent was to “hang a veil of vibrating light and colour” in the stonework, and to achieve this effect it would appear that characters would be “interwoven” into the background, which he admits is not appropriate for other forms of pictorial art. It is however evident in the WTT that this approach was taken, thus fusing the spiritual sensibility of an ecclesiastical stained-glass artist with the romantic Christian mysticism of A. E. Waite. Perhaps it is this unique combination that gives the images their ethereal quality and opens a new landscape for us to contemplate.
As Marcus has suggested, they may even have been intended for stained glass. Imagine a temple of stained glass Tarot images – and in fact, Waite writes of such a chapel, albeit demonstrating the perlesvaus, or grail story (The Holy Grail: The Galahad Quest in Arthurian Literature, A. E. Waite. p. 491). It may even have been on his mind a decade earlier – which Waite/Colman-Smith images have stained glass upon them, and what is the hidden word in one of them?
With regard to my naming convention for these images, although it could be argued that Pippet contributed to the WTT, I have evidence to suggest that Waite was not totally particular with one artist – in fact, when neither Trinick nor Pippet produced an “acceptable” image for one of the paths, Waite asked another member of his group to have a draftsman at their place of work produce one – luckily perhaps for us all, this one was also found lacking, so a Trinick image was settled upon.
It is my research on Pippet that has really engaged me, although Marcus will not be content until I locate a photograph of the man! I have however traced his family tree and through this discovered many of his works and that of his many brothers – which still adorn (as Trinick’s) many churches in this country to this day. I will tell more of Pippet’s story in the book, particularly as we now have many first-editions of his works and a lead on his photograph. I wonder if the “Sisters of Mercy” who produce a particular publication which may have Pippet material will hesitate when they receive our “Tarot Professionals” cheque for book and postage!
With regard to publication, and discussions surrounding this issue, at the moment, I consider the images to be sealed doors which we may each approach, whether in the sanctuary or in our daily life. In fact, I would wonder if in this present day and age it is even more important that they are brought respectfully into our lives as reminders of the depths of the spirit from which we have become separated.
It is their keys, commentaries and explanations which remain for us all to find and use to unlock the corresponding gateways of our souls. Through that work we each can discover what awaits us on the other side of these “veils of vibrating light” and by that work we are changed. We are each our own Rosy Cross, and the Rose Key to that Cross must be fashioned by our own work, so that at last, we come to stand in our own true sanctuary.
And this is why we have decided to entitle our publication:
“Abiding in the Sanctuary: The Waite-Trinick Tarot”.