The Sheridan Douglas Tarot was first published in 1972 by Mandragora Press, 31 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EY, England. The cards were designed by David Sheridan and the accompanying instruction leaflet was composed by Alfred Douglas.
Abbreviated and borrowed from various sources (in slightly different wording…) ‘Originally the deck was meant to accompany a book, The Tarot: the origins, meaning and uses of the cards by Alfred Douglas.
The Hermetic Tarot was published in 1979 by US Games Systems Inc. (copyright mentioned on the cards). The booklet shows a copyright of 1980. This first edition was printed in Spain by Fournier and distributed by US Games System Inc. We don’t know how big the first print run was, but according to the enclosed control paper, this one might be copy number 5618.
The cards are printed entirely in black and white and the details and symbols in each card reveal many of the esoteric workings of the Secret Order of the Golden Dawn, which flourished around the turn of the century.
The Gareth Knight Tarot is the work of the leading occultist Gareth Knight (pseud. Basil Wilby, England 1930 and member of the Fraternity of Inner Light, related to the Golden Dawn), and the Dutch artist Sander Littel (Zwijndrecht 1939), who united their understanding and talents to create a tarot deck of great artistic and esoteric value.
In 1963 Knight and Little met in the artist’s studio, the corner of a 500-year old warehouse high above the streets of Dordrecht, NL. Together they planned the rough designs of the deck, exchanging ideas and information on both art and the occult. Little researched kabbalistic literature suggested by Knight, while Knight gathered inspiration from old tarot designs in antiquarian bookshops, public museums and libraries.
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