If I’m to be honest, I never gave
Tarocchi de Mantegna
the attention it deserved, despite my fascination with Tarot history. This was mainly due to the deck being a mere fifty cards;
and from a distance, only a few of which seeming to show any
direct correspondence to the traditional seventy-eight card deck. That is until I
recently discovered this book,
Powers & Patterns
by Stewart S. Warren.
With a soothing cup of tea, in the tranquility of early dawn I lost myself in this enthralling meditation in just one
luxurious sitting. I felt both head & heart linger on Warren’s carefully crafted poems which merged gracefully with the
timeless teachings of each ancient card. From the historical perspectives offered by three wise
scholars in the introduction section, through each thought provoking poem that
Warren shares with corresponding card, new
dimensions were revealed. Warren's insightful musings are accessible, relatable and elevate
an understanding of this unique deck along with the Renaissance period that it so eloquently reflects.
This wonderful collection of poems is introduced beautifully by fascinating essays that add atmosphere, and historical insight into the
era when the Tarocchi de Mantegna (1465) was conceived.
(curator of the World of Playing Cards Society, UK site),
(Author of The Mysteries of the Tarot of Vierville) and
director of the
International Tarot Museum
in Italy, all set the scene and add texture to the mysterious imagery and
meaning of these
Sharing just a couple favorite poems by Stewart Warren from this book:
Before prose was poetry.
Before reason the music of the mind.
There is nothing so wise
as the curve of the swan,
no cure so complete
as the tides that sway within us.
Court her with awe
Mystery is the door.
I come as lover, as friend
as servant to thee.
I live by your light
in the simplest of ways –
on the coast with nets,
at the table with children,
on the street buckling and bold.
Investigation is the simplest right of all.
do we surround ourselves with books of books.
I greatly recommend this wonderful offering as well as other compelling
explorations with Tarot in his impressive
collection, which by the way, can all be found on
Stewart Warren's site
or tucked away in this comfy corner of
His fresh perspectives and eloquently penned prose make a meaningful,
nurturing respite for fellow travelers.
Stewart S. Warren
is the author of twenty poetry collections thus far. He was born in 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and hit the road early on; engaging in a life of
self discovery and creative expression. His poetry is both personal and transcendent with subtle mystical undertones. As a publishing coach, facilitator and
community organizer he helps others realize their own intuitive nature and creative visions. Stewart resides in New Mexico where he does various workshops
and conferences when he’s not off traveling the globe. He owns the indie printing press
where he also guides others in publication.
You can find all of his current work on his site and
I would also suggest readding this fascinating
with Bob King, who captures the essence of this wildly imaginative
Commentary by Arnell Ando
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Powers and Patterns
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