Sunday, June 15, 2008

Peanuts Tarot

This one's been around for a while, but hey, it's Sunday.

Sadly, the whole set is no longer available for viewing, best I can find. It's blocked on the Internet Archive, but you can see a few more here and here.

via coisas do arco da velha


Anonymous said...

I have this thought that entertainment corporations could make more money with the gaming side of tarot than they would always stressing the fortune telling aspects. In France where tarot is recognized as a game there are all kinds of pop culture tarots. There's even been a Disney tarot published for game playing in France. If American companies knew what the French know about tarot cards, that they could be used for card games, tarot could be like all the different versions of the Monopoly boardgame on the market. We could buy tarot decks based on Star Wars, Elvis, Betty Boop, Looney Tunes, the Simpsons, Scooby Doo and much more!

John M. said...

Wow, I was unaware that it was so popular over there.

The only problem in the U.S. is that Tarot is right up there with Ouija and backwards Led Zeppelin records with the theocrats.

Anonymous said...

That's the way tarot is right now in the US, but will it remain this way forever? I have my doubts that the association of tarot cards with occultism will last much longer now that the internet allows us to see other aspects of them. At one time Coca Cola was marketed for health purposes and I think that eventually the marketing of tarot cards will also change.

John M. said...

You may be right, times may change. But as long as Christian pressure groups wield boycott power over networks, advertisers, and retailers, it might be an uphill climb. Other products, like Coca-Cola, didn't face the ire of fundamentalists. They are a persistent lot.

However, Ouija boards are still selling, so who knows. (I'm not saying that the two are related in any other way than how these groups view them, i.e. Satanic influences.)

I think you'll see them in (insert progressive retailer here) long before they show up at the Wal-Mart.

At least you don't have to be worried about being burned at the stake for having a deck, though I'm not sure how safe it would be in some places on this planet.