Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art History and Visual Culture



First Advisor

Stefanie Snider

Second Advisor

Jonathan Walz

Third Advisor

Melissa Elmes


This project uses qualitative research to create an original 78-card tarot deck. Its focus is to create a tarot deck informed by the rich history and symbolism of tarot while utilizing original art and unique experiences to create a one-of-a-kind deck. The deck’s artwork showcases flora, fauna, and manufactured objects of the Southeastern United States, referencing traditional tarot archetypes to select each card’s imagery. The deck’s guidebook introduces readers to some of the history of tarot and several historical and contemporary decks that inspired the Enchanted South deck. The project emphasizes tarot’s evolution and how each artist’s contribution adds layers of meaning, sparks discourse and solidifies tarot’s position as a legitimate form of artistic expression.