Symbolism within the Tarot and Comparative Visual Analysis: A Proposed Methodology for the Study of the Tarot as Applied to the Rider Waite Smith Deck

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Symbolism within the Tarot and Comparative Visual Analysis: A Proposed Methodology for the Study of the Tarot as Applied to the Rider Waite Smith Deck

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2011-10-17

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This paper introduces a structured methodology of studying the Tarot using a procedure, which I developed, focusing on a comprehensive comparative visual analysis of the cards. First I will provide a brief overview of the Tarot as well as a more detailed explanation of the intentions of this paper, and then my methodology will be described. The process begins with several different kinds of analysis of the cards themselves, followed by the analysis of other subjects, texts and outside data. The final step is the synthesis of all this information, and the formation of conclusions. The method will be applied to a sample selection of cards from the classic Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck for the purpose of demonstrating it.

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This project was sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

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Alberti, Genevieve. (2011). Symbolism within the Tarot and Comparative Visual Analysis: A Proposed Methodology for the Study of the Tarot as Applied to the Rider Waite Smith Deck. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/116801.

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