Pamela Colman Smith is the creative genius behind the Waite Tarot deck. Infuriatingly, this triple Aquarius witch-shaman was swindled. She was given a very little briefing for each illo and was just asked to create a Tarot deck “that would appeal to the world of art.” It became iconic but until recently, her role was not recognized her honored. Update: Pam Grossman in Waking The Witch has a fantastic and informative homage to her.
Aquarius Sun with the North Node, Moon in Leo and Mars-Neptune in Taurus. Note: She is a brilliant example of the higher-functioning Mars Neptune person. We don’t know her time of birth so can’t see what was going on in her 2nd House to reflect the fact she was swindled out of proper payment for her work. Although, sexism was perhaps the major culprit.
You can see from her Wiki just how super-well connected she was (friends such as Bram Stoker, Yeats etc) and she did art other than the Tarot.
Sadly, she was apparently not cut into the any of the income flow from the Waite Tarot deck or else she would not have lived in such impoverished circumstances at the end of her life. There is jeaps more info re her and the set she was in here.
SO which Tarot card from the Smith-Waite deck is your fave? Mine is The Magician. And yes, it is now the Smith-Waite Tarot, to give Pamela Colman Smith some overdue recognition. It is sad that, like Nikola Tesla, she made such an iconic contribution to society and culture but dealt with abject poverty.
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