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VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: The Occult Edgar Allan Poe: Exploring Esoteric History in the American Renaissance Tarot

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: The Occult Edgar Allan Poe: Exploring Esoteric History in the American Renaissance Tarot

with Dr. Thea Wirsching

Enchant your sense of the American past!

Step back in time and celebrate the nation's most iconic writers with this traditional deck that blends American literature, esotericism, and Tarot. The Major Arcana tell the two intertwined stories that define the American Renaissance period in literature: the exaltation of the human spirit under Transcendentalism, and the epic fight to abolish slavery. Major figures like Emerson (the Magician), Whitman (the World), and Thoreau (the Hermit) are outlined in the short chapters that accompany each card. Listen as the Kings of the four suits, Herman Melville (Wands), Frederick Douglass (Coins), Edgar Allan Poe (Swords), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (Cups), tell their tales as illustrated in the Minor Arcana. 

Join Dr. Thea Wirsching for an overview of the American Renaissance Tarot, as well as a look into Edgar Allen Poe's many occult interests including mesmerism, NeoPlatonism, astrology, metempsychosis, angels and demons, and hollow earth.

Dr. Thea Wirsching is a scholar, writer, Evolutionary astrologer, and Mom. Her business "The Pluto Babe" serves both her astrology and Tarot clients. Find out more at


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