2 Tarot in the Land of Mystereum Cards Are Featured in Taschen’s
The Library of Esoterica!
By Jessica Hundley
Trace the hidden history of Tarot in the first volume from TASCHEN’s Library of Esoterica, a series documenting the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine. Artfully arranged according to the sequencing of the Major and Minor Arcana, this visual compendium gathers more than 500 cards and works of original art from around the world in the ultimate exploration of a centuries-old art form.
(C) 2020 Jessica Hundley, Taschen Books
Today I Received Word
Today I received word that 2 of my cards, XVII The Star and the 6 of Wands from Tarot in the Land of Mystereum: An Imagination Primer, are featured in Taschen’s newest release The Library of Esoterica by author Jessica Hundley! She has curated over 500 images in this substantial and exquisite compendium of 500 years of Tarot history.
I Am Proud & Resonant
I am proud and resonant that XVII The Star and the 6 of Wands are being featured in Library of Esoterica! I feel such chords of resonance and fulfillment being struck right now for the intense, labor of love process I experienced while self-publishing 1st The Mystereum Tarot in May of 2008 with a limited run of 125 copies. Then further, continuing to grow, Tarot in the Land of Mystereum: An Imagination Primer was released by Schiffer Publication in February of 2011.
A Fun Bit of Mystereum History
In 2009 while at Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone’s Readers Studio 2009 international Tarot conference, I head my name called out loud across the lobby. Mr. Hoggard!! A little quizzed, though it felt like an invitation to a birthday party belted out. It was an atrium, sound ricochets and direction isn;t clear from where. Then, a tug on my elbow. It was Dinah Roseberry of Schiffer Books. Mr. Hoggard. Are fond of ignoring someone in a random hotel lobby bellowing out your name? Geez. Come with me. Pete Schiffer wants to meet you. He has a deal he would like to discuss.
Wonderful discussion Pete and Dinah and I had. I was offered a book deal on the spot, and my contracts were waiting for me at home when I got back from Readers Studio 2009 on Monday.
That deal staged my next iteration of The Mystereum Tarot where I would naturalize its perennial characters and evolve the work As a whole with the expanded book into the Soul Garden that is Tarot in the Land of Mystereum: An Imagination Primer!… where Tarot cards speak to you in the 1st person. Certainly no LWB in the Imagination Primer. That is also where the seeds of ImaginAction were sowed and lay dormant to gestate until March of this year When they stirred where on May 2nd at 1:21a they burst into life as ImaginAction!
In February of 2001
In February of 2011 Schiffer released a beautiful and wonderfully crafted Tarot boxed Set with Tarot in the Land of Mystereum: An Imagination Primer complete with a re-tooled* Mystereum Tarot deck and 102-page Imagination Primer companion book! See the center picture above.
*re-tooled for The Land of Mystereum to respect the rarity of original’s 125 copies.
2005 to 2008 to 2011 to 2020!
This honor of an accolade for this pair of Mystereum cards being featured in author Jessica Hundley’s Library of Esoterica by Taschen wonderfully pairs with Tarosophy Tarot Association’s naming of Tarot in the Land of Mystereum 39 out of the Top 50 Most Essential Tarot Decks of All Time. The news today from Schiffer that Taschen had in fact featured my Mystereum card images of XVII The Star and the 6 of Wands in their Library of Esoterica caps off a 15-year process from the 1st sprouts of the Mystereum Tarot in the summer of 2005 self-published in 2008, to the 2009 evolution of the work to include a 192-page Imagination Primer companion book in 2011 – deck~book boxed set published by Schiffer Publications in 2011 — to the naturalized garden of now 9 years later. What a wonderful honor of recognition to receive on this just as wonderful and warm sunny evening after the storm!
Here’s Tarot in the Land of Mystereum on Amazon, my website, my Shop – downloadable pdf products except for the boxed set on Amazon and now THIS HONOR FROM YESTERDAY on Taschen! The Library of Esoterica is on the bottom left in the shop. Look for the wonderfully riotous orange that is as well calm in the over of Thr Library of Esoterica above… and below. As Above, So Below… right?! Atman never had it so good… especially when at all, or both, or neither either and. Uh hem. Certainly yes, not no.
I’ve Loved Taschen Books
I’ve loved Taschen books for years. Everything they do makes coffee table books look like they need to step up their game. Super high quality books that are beautifully executed. Wha are super high quality books? Well, those are high quality books that deserve a cape! And now? I’m IN one! WHAT an honor. What an accolade. Ok, here it comes… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!
2 of my images made their cut to 500 from ALL Tarot images across 500 years. As far as the span of 500 years of history goes, the 2 images of my work out of 500 curated into the final cut in this book 0.04 %. Across 500 years? Curated into 500 images. 0.04%? I say stellar. I am super proud of this. What is super proud? It’s proud that deserves a cape. 😊
A Mini Turbo Reading for the 6 of Wands and The Star Right at this moment? Sure!
To energetically give and receive in a reciprocal and epic cascade as I surf my celestial groove.
Please Join Me in Celebration of These Two High Honors.
I am grateful to receive these two resonant and stellar and cosmic groove accolades for my work!
I’ve added a link to Taschen’s Library of Esoterica in my shop to transport you over to their beautiful library of offerings to purchase your Library of Esoterica. Enjoy! There are over 500 images across author Jessica Hundley’s newest compendium from the last 500 years of Tarot in the Library of Esoterica! Such an exquisite work. Such a gift to Tarot!
From Myself & Mystereum,
Thank you for following my blog. Thank you for being on this journey with me! I am full-on proud of this.
I Extend Heartfelt Appreciation to You for Being Here, and Special Thanks and Gratitude to Jessica Hundley and Taschen, and Schiffer!,
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August 7, 2020 at 10:13 am
Like dude. “Resonant, stellar and cosmic groove accolades” sound like they are totally ethereally and extra-terrestrially groovy. Congratulations. Rock on!
August 7, 2020 at 10:38 am
ThanK you, Timothy, Much appreciated. Across 570-580 years of Tarot history? 3.5-4K + decks out there.. 0.04% of 500 images? Yes, stellar and cosmic groove accolades. As Holly Troy aptly put it, LEGENDARY.
No matter how hard I try, I can not have a false sene of modesty about the largesse that was again for the 2nd time just bestowed on my work. No ego or hubris, either.Every time I think about it? Cascades of ablution tingles wash through most all of my body. It DID take me a little bit, though Thinking about my experiences through life… I have most often stood there and owned and receiving the lashings certain experiences have provided. Now? Now, I stand and own this honor… just as much as I’ve owned those other… though now, I feel the ablution tingles. Nothing about my being says “DUCK” to that. Instead, I feel 2 words:
Thank you for quoting “Resonant, stellar and cosmic groove accolades.” Nodding yes. Receiving yes. Grateful yes.
I gather this is an important time in my life where being wise in time and owning it wise in time here in public is much more important than waiting for quiet and receiving it on my own… as I completed two work, though then it took others’ experiences to do this. I honor them with me. I’m no King of the Mountain here. I am simply one, who touched another, and it its strikes chords to resonate with me that my work has touched twice in these two legendary and historical ways.
Rock on! I’m still me. I simply now have 2 feathers in my fedora. I honor the 2 birds as totems who gifted them to me.
August 7, 2020 at 10:42 am
It is super cool. And I’m really happy for you. You should shout about it from the highest mountain tops.
August 7, 2020 at 7:36 pm
🙂 Thank you, Timothy. Several Uncle Walt YAWPS from the highest mountain tops are in order… and in the works too. Hope the drywall doesn’t continue To fall off the walls as I jump around celebrating once it settled in and the joyous concussion blast of being a citizen in 570 years of Tarot history AND having TWO out of the 500 images from my work. ……