THE ORIGINAL TEMPLAR TAROT DECK
After the first deck was finished in October 2001, Allen painted one last painting and we felt that it must be included in the deck, even though it had no place or meaning in the LWB. We found a spot to place a short statement about it and sent it all off to the printer. When we had the printed deck in our hands, we realized that the 79th card would become the first card of a sequel deck that would follow.
TEMPLAR TAROT: THE JOURNEY
So the process began with our mailing him a disc with a collection of Allen’s new paintings to get his opinion on what he immediately saw a connection with. He replied back via email that he had chosen 21 paintings plus the 79th card from the first deck and would tell the history of the Knights Templar in three segments of seven cards each – Birth, Life, and Death. Stephen never received any guidelines or recommendations from Allen or me. He began writing and emailing me as each painting’s written interpretation was complete. Eventually all 22 of the paintings were identified and analyzed, and before long the book was finished. --Cathy Chester
To this day, neither Allen nor I have met or spoken to Stephen; we have only communicated via the Internet. How the Templars managed to connect these two talented men thousands of miles apart to create such an insightful project is beyond the realm of possibilities, and yet it happened. When two people who have never met share the same vision in such a detailed and unique way, it must be led from a Higher Power, a Power that I may not understand but accept as Truth. I have personally experienced great spiritual growth and understanding from being the coordinator of this project. I hope your experience is equally fulfilling. --Cathy Chester