I am applying for a grant of $500 so that my students in Classical Civilizations 381 (Ancient Magic) can design, create, and print their own Tarot decks, based on themes relevant to 21st concerns. The student will study the history of Tarot symbolism, select and design a card, study the history of the emblems employed, and do a handmade rendition of the symbols.
Students in the this class are interested in the ancient world in terms of how religious ideologies have shaped Western consciousness. We are interested in
exploring how these same ideologies are present in the campus community and devised this art based exercise as a chance to bring art, social awareness, history, and civic mindedness together.
My students made Tarot cards and created two decks. We learned how to read the cards and performed a public Tarot reading.
Students learned about the history of the Tarot, how to read symbols, how to interpret symbols, about Renaissance magic, the history of the occult, and used photoshop. They also participated in a kind of magic ritual and learned how to interact with their clients.