The Chairman of Llewellyn Worldwide, the publishing company who brings to the U.S. many tarot and oracle decks including those from Lo Scarabeo, has died.

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From the Llewellyn blog:

It is with profound sadness we share the news of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke’s passing. He passed peacefully on Saturday, November 7 surrounded by family. He was 85.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was Chairman and the driving force behind Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., the oldest and largest publishers of New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality books in the world.

The full article can be read here.

While not everybody likes Llewellyn for being a business that caters to the “101’s,” the fact is that they are a business who has done well under Weschcke’s guidance.

I remember going into Borders bookstore in the early 90s where I was exposed to a variety of  metaphysical topics for the first time. Perhaps the large New Age section was in part thanks to Llewellyn’s prolific output? Certainly they published much of the Golden Dawn material at that time, which was what interested me and influenced my approach to tarot. So it does feel a bit like the end of an era. We will have to see how Llewellyn continues under new direction.

Farewell, Mr. Weschcke.

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