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The Boiardo 15th c Poem
Tarot history in brief

quotations from various people

Functions of Readings
What is Tarot?


Anonymous

Med. on XVIIII

Emily E. Auger

Tarot and Other Meditation Decks

L. Atkinson

Orphalese Software review

S. Arwen

Memory & Instinct

Kathy Berkowitz

Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 1)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 2)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 3)
Waite's Mystical Tradition (Pt 4)

Nina L. Braden

Tarot in Literature

David Brice

Birth of Tarot

Colin Browne

Square & Compasses Tarot

Lee A. Bursten

Journeys in Tarot Creation
Vachetta review

E.C.

Review: The Lo Scarabeo Story

Ross G. Caldwell

Tarot History

Bonnie Cehovet

Tarology - Poetics of Tarot
Review: Secret of Tarot
The Mystereum Tarot

N. Chishty-Mujahid

Concerning Ghisi’s Laberinto

Craig Conley

A House of Tarot Cards

A.B. Crowther

Rachel Pollack interview

Jean-Michel David

On Paneurythmy and Tarot
Tarot's expression of the numinous
Yarker, Tarot & Arcane Schools
Waite-Smith Sun card
The Fool as Wandering Jew
Tarot as Christian Art
Education through Tarot
Tarot: the vatical & the sacral
Fortuna, Ass & Monkey
Steiner and Tarot
1701 Dodal restored!
Enc. Tarot vol I-IV: review
Christ, World & Sin
Caveat Emptor:
       Visual Tarot

Tarot & AlefBeit
Review: Jean Payen Tarot
Tarot and Freemasonry
I-Ching and Pip Cards
Whither directing your course?
Tarot & the Tree of Life
Ovid, Egypt and Tarot
When the Devil isn't the Devil
Four elements and the suits
Court Cards & MBTI
Certification & Codes
Jean Dodal Marseille
Conference FAQs
Golden Dawn
Kabalah & Tarot
Golden Tarot review
Annual spread
Iraqi Museum
Two Brief TdM reviews
Meditations on the Tarot

Enrique Enriquez

The Joy of Wordplay
J-C. Flornoy interview
Embodied Tarot
Indirect Suggestions
Whispering to the Eye

Mark Filipas

History of Egyptian Decks
Lexicon Theory

Jean-Claude Flornoy

in memorium
from Oral Tradition

Roxanne Flornoy

Children and Tarot
from Oral Tradition

Mary Greer

Killing the Thoth Deck
On the Tarot of the Four Worlds
Egypt, Tarot and Mystery School Initiations

William Haigwood

The Sixties: Counterculture Tarot

Alissa Hall

Parlour Tricks

Kris Hadar

The Tarot

Claas Hoffmann

Crowley-Harris 'Thoth' deck

Michael J. Hurst

Tarot Symbolism review

K. Frank Jensen

Century with the Waite-Smith

Shane Kendal

A Poetry of Tarot

Ken J. Killeen

The Metaphysical Bible

Barbara Klaser

Language of Tarot

E. Koretaka

Cardinal Virtues

Dovid Krafchow

Kabbalistic Tarot

Lisa Larson

Perceptions of Spirituality

Suzan E. Lemont

Therapeutic Tarot Work

Eric K. Lerner

Diloggun and Tarot

N. Levine

Tarot of Prague review

C. Liknaitzky

Journey in Ceramics

Joep van Loon

Tarot Wheel

Karen Mahony

Prague

S.J. Mangan

Fool, Alef & Orion

Robert Mealing

Petrarch’s Triumphs
Jean Noblet Tarot
Hunting the "true" Marseille Tarot
Cary Sheet

Fern Mercier

Playing the Fool

C. de Mellet

Inquiries into Tarot

Sophie Nusslé

Fantastic Menagerie

Robert V. O'Neill

Tarot Symbolism
Tower Iconology

Michael Owen

Xultun Tarot

Dan Pelletier

Magic Manga Tarot
the Blank Spot

Robert M. Place

The Fool's Journey

Debra Rosenthal

Looking at the Jacques Vieville

Mjr Tom Schick

Tarot Lovers Calendar

Inna Semetsky

Counseling Reading for Spouses
Learning the language of images
Re-Symbolization of Self
Tarot (dis)contents

Diana Sobolewska

'Bateleur's tale'

Russell Sturgess

Jesus's New Testament

N. Swift

Sufism & Tarot

Arthur E. Waite

Symbols of Tarot

Tarology: The Poetics of Tarot

Review by Bonnie Cehovet

www.bonniecehovet.com

 

A documentary is something that, to my knowledge, is very new to the Tarot world. As the Tarot is considered best viewed as a story, this documentary becomes an oral history of present day Tarot. No, it does not delve into Tarot history. What it does is explore the Tarot through the eyes of New York based Tarotist Enrique Enriquez. New York City is a very active, exciting city, where one finds a diversity of both people and ideas – an ideal setting for the “New Tarot”. Enriquez takes us around the city, in his own inimitable manner, showing us the Tarot as witnessed through the structure of the buildings, and the signs that guide daily life.

The oral history aspect of this documentary is given even more depth through the inclusion of short interviews with various people in the present day Tarot world, including Rachel Pollack, Marcus Katz, Mary K. Greer, Robert Place, Carrie Paris, Shawn Nacol, Dan Pelletier, Wald Amberstone, Donnaleigh de LaRose, Paul Nagy, Sasha Graham, Thalassa, Camelia Elias, and many more. There are also contributions from non- Tarot individuals including Seb Leon, Kevin W. Haus, and Christian Scheidemann.

The documentary runs for approximately 90 minutes, with an additional two hours of bonus material featuring extended interviews and deleted scenes. From the main menu, you can choose to either watch the video (which I will be doing many times over!), or you can watch individual interviews, interviews done at the 2011 and 2012 Readers Studios, and an awe inspiring journey through the Marseilles Tarot physical postures with Enriquez. Incredible to watch on an individual basis, even more fun to watch in a group setting!

 


Type: Documentary

With: Enrique Enriquez

By: Chris Deleo and Kimberlie Naughton

Date: 2012

DVD available from:

www.tarologyfilm.com

Tarology trailer from Vimeo


 

I found the Readers Studio interviews to be a wonderful way for those in the Tarot world to see and hear people “in person” that they have interacted with on the Internet. This alone is worth the price of admission! We are invited into Rachel Pollack’s home, to listen to her talk about the Tarot, and to actually get to see the original artwork behind her “Shining Tribe” Tarot, and hear a bit of the background behind the cards.

Robert Place speaks just as expressively as Enriquez does – his hands never stop moving! And in the background … I sat there drooling, as there were literally stacks upon stacks of books on every surface behind him! Seventh heaven!

With Camilia Elias we get a bit of background into the work that Enriquez does, including an explanation of just what poetics is.

Where to begin … I started with Enriquez and the main video. Just jump in, I thought. I am going to ramble on for a few, babble a bit, and hope that some of my excitement will come through in a manner that is comprehensible! I have followed Enriquez’ work for some time now, and admire him greatly. If he were a different kind of person, his views (which are non-traditional, to say the least!) would cause either a minor riot, or a major schism within the Tarot community. (Aside – I found it interesting that it was through Tarot that Enriquez was able to connect to New York City when he first moved there.) To begin with, Enriquez sees the Tarot as a “fringe activity” in modern day life, as opposed to being a mainstream source of wisdom. He does not believe in divination, he does not pay any attention to Tarot’s esoteric background, or anything written about the cards.

The pasteboard masquerade for him is the images in the cards. For him, the older Tarot decks act as cultural artifacts. He works with the Marseilles Tarot – in this video he pays homage to the late French artisan Jean-Claude Flornoy, and two of the decks that Flornoy restored – the Jean Dodal Tarot and Jean Noblet Tarot. I am going to insert a link here that is not in the video, but I am going to include anyway. It is to Enriquez’ 2010 interview with Jean-Claude Flornoy.

Enriquez feels that we can update what we say about the cards without updating the imagery. He feels that the most appropriate imagery is that of the decks that he regards as cultural artifacts – the older decks in the Marseilles tradition. He states that the Marseilles Tarot has a very specific language of its own. He is very much about the movement shown in the cards – paying attention to the hands, paying attention to the body posture. How this flows from card to card in a reading is incredible when you watch him do it!

Enriquez and the film makers (Chris Deleo and Kimberlie Naughton) did such a tremendous job in making this video – it not only shines as far as content goes, but flows in a very unique manner. You do not want to move away from your screen when watching this video. It is not something that you can listen to while doing something else – you must watch every nanosecond, or you will miss something important!

Enriquez has a timber to his voice, and a way of speaking, that makes you want to listen. Even when he is saying “Toss aside everything that you know, and try this” (and no, he did NOT say that, but he is asking that we open our minds to a different way of doing things), you want to listen!

We walk with him through one of the most expressive, vibrant cities in the U.S. – New York City. We watch as he draws on sidewalks and walls – draws with chalk, but also draws with his whole body. His focus is on the body posture in the images, and how it changes.

In different parts of the video he is walking around the city, pointing out the resemblance between signs and the images in the Tarot, and the structure of buildings and the Tarot. Once he points it out, you wonder why you never saw it before!

I am going to add something else here (I told you that I was going to ramble on!) – the background music was simply background music – it was appropriate, it was there, it helped hold things together, it helped to create mood – but it was never intrusive, it never wanted to take center stage.

At different points in the video Enriquez talks about letters – again, it was amazing! He was doing full scale drawings on the wall as he was talking – the letters really gained a life! Did you know that the letter “D” was a pregnant letter “I”? Did you know that the letter “C” was the letter “I” with its arms out around something? Poetics in action!

The action is sometimes inside (in a classroom, or in coffee shops), sometimes it is walking down the street, sometimes it is in lovely park settings. It is where it needs to be, and it is stunning! Watching Enriquez work is like watching a ballet dancer in his prime – incredible!

I personally want to thank Enriquez for including his family in this video (and to thank his family for being willing to be included!). We often see him walking with his young daughter – who is so lovely, so full of life and carrying her very own wisdom!

As a final thought – I share this with you: Enriquez sees the wisdom being passed on through the Tarot as craftsmanship. It is all about the early craftsman, all about the early Marseilles images.

A small sample of Enrique’s work can be seen here in the “Tarology – The Poetics of Tarot” trailer.

If this video touches you, and you want to learn more about the Language of the Birds, please visit Enrique’s blog – tarology. You can also find him on his FaceBook page – tarologyfilm .

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