The Tarot Key

The Tarot Key explores the ancient wisdom of the Tarot. The cover features a classical painting of enlightenment, called the “Universum.” This book covers two decks: the Rider Waite Smith tarot and my own Tarot of Creativity.

The book’s interior uses a large, screened-back (grayed) image on the left page of each entry, balanced by the smaller image on the right in black. Although the cost of manufacture required that the interior of the book be in black and white, the images provide the necessary detail for the reader. These image were taken from the public domain version of the Rider Waite Smith deck, and processed through a special technique to render the original full color to black and white line art.


Another nice detail in the design is the reversed number in the gray box on the right hand side of the page, which provides a handy way to flip through the book and easily find your card by its number. The book is designed so that all the numbers are in the same section; each number section starts with the Major Arcana card of the set. Therefore, to find the 3 of Wands, you would flip the pages to the number 3, The Empress, and go forward from there.



Subsequent pages cover the meaning of the corresponding Magician card in the Tarot of Creativity.



All the “one” cards are then explained, starting with the meaning of the Rider Waite Smith tarot and then the meaning of the corresponding card in the Tarot of Creativity.






Cover Typography
Friz Quadrata
Stone Sans Sem ITC TT

Interior Typography
Body: Adobe Garamond Pro
Title Page: Optima
Chapter Heads: Gill Sans Light
Keywords: Futura Medium Condensed

Photoshop Illustration and Design Copyright Aliyah Marr

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