Your guide to the thoroughly modern tarot

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Partly, the tarot’s appeal lies in its antiquity. The same is true for most forms of divination such as astrology, the Runes, the I Ching and haruspicy (prophecy using sheep or poultry entrails).

The tarot gives us Hanged Man, Queen of Pentacles, Ace of Cups, Knight of Swords, etc., each of which represents elements of medieval culture. Today we’re unlikely to encounter hanged men, knights, Queens, swords, pentacles or sliver goblets around the house. Instead, we have movies, books, magazines, celebrities, politicians, and electronic gadgets.

But what if these mysterious images were updated to reflect 21st century pop culture?

The traditional tarot pack contains 72 cards, but, for the sake of brevity and our short attention spans, I’ve reduced it to six. Here are my modern designs. Print them out, give them a shuffle and then read your fortune.

twin towers tarot card               bush and obama tarot cardWilliam and catherine tarot cardparis hilton tarot cardipad tarot cardrupert murdoch tarot card

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.


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