Confessions of a Tarot Reader

Confessions of a Tarot Reader

Dr Joely Black brings us a fascinating history of the game of tarot, how it spread through Europe from the east and how it was transformed into an oracle. She'll also discuss the art behind the tarot, how the narrative of the Trumps evolved, and the fake history developed in the 19th century to make the tarot sexier and less mundane. As well as this, she'll cover how ordering of the cards have changed over time, how many popular franchises have used the tarot in marketing, and the reasons for the differences between tarot in Latin and Anglophone countries.

Joely Black has a PhD in Geography from Lancaster University. She writes fantasy books and short stories, enjoys archery and Dungeons and Dragons and once trained as a ninja. She says "I have more weapons in my living room than most people would consider strictly healthy." She once spent a year adventuring in the world of new age philosophy, and even has a Reiki II qualification. She set up Greater Manchester Skeptic Society's book club, SkepLit, in 2011, and has been running it since then.

Her personal/writing website is and she also keeps a gaming diary at Her Twitter handle is@TheCharmQuark.


Saturday, 18 May 2013 14:00


Victoria Hotel