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Re: Welcome Tracey

Sep 19, 1995 07:54 PM
by Tracey Benson

On Tue, 19 Sep 1995, Arthur Paul Patterson wrote:

> Tracey I teach courses in the symbology of the Tarot and find that Vogle
> and Noble are perhaps the most knowledgeable mythologists on the tarot
> scene barring the Matthews team who have work on the Arthurian Tarot. You
> critique of the over emphasis on body is a correct one I think . In fact, I
> see this kind of adulation of the body distinct from the spirit and mind
> leads right back to biology is destiny for women. I totally disagree with
> that. The emphasis is tends to be on motherhood a wonderful theme but not
> the only valid one for women. I also detect not just an anti- patriarchy
> perspective but perhaps a anti-male approach in some of their writing. I
> would say look out you don't become your shadow. These criticisms
> notwithstanding I enjoy their work and use it in my courses on a limited
> basis.
> I am teach a fall course on Tarot and have just completed my outline if you
> want it I will send it to you off line.
> Art
Dear Art

>Thankyou for replying to my message,I agree with you on most points,
particularly the anti male perspective of V and N . My male companion has
difficulty maintaining interest in these cards for that precise reason.
Do you think
that this is perhaps due to the fact that when Motherpeace was written
Vogle and Noble were living as companions. I do believe that this is a
problem in a number of writers coming from that perspective. It is
certainly a problem for me, as it constitutes a form of reverse sexism,
as a feminist and mother of a man child, I do not want to limit my childs
potential, or make him feel guilty for events not of his doing. The
article online lately: KH on Women is a more considered perspective, by
assessing the importance of feminsm for all humanity.

I would be very interested in a copy of your tarot course outline, and
thankyou for offering it to me. > >

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