I first got interested in the design and history of Tarot cards after reading Samuel R. Delany's classic sci-fi novel Nova
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Some years later, I stumbled upon Piers Anthony's Tarot Series
, a three-volume work that based it's entire story on the major trumps in an original tarot deck. That got me completely hooked on the creative possibilities such deck designs could offer to fiction writers and musicians.5 New Favorite Sites 5 New Favorite Sites 5 New Favorite Sites
And apparently I'm not alone. Geiger, Zelazney, Gaiman, and a host of other sci-fi authors have either based novels on Tarot, or incorporated elements of it into their work since Delaney and Anthony pointed the way.
If you're at all interested in Tarot, it's history, current designs and decks, or anything else related to it, check out the Aeclectic Tarot
website. Info, descriptions. reviews and sample images of virtually every
Tarot deck (from the traditional Rider-Waite all the way out to the lunatic fringe) can be found at this website.
And if you're deck a collector (like I am), this site is an excellent resource for discovering new and limited editions to spend your money on.
Some examples from various decks:5 New Favorite Sites 5 New Favorite Sites 5 New Favorite Sites 5 New Favorite Sites
Very cool stuff.