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Crystal Tarot (Tarot Card Deck) Cards – September 1, 2001


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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700588
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 2.8 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1987, Art Publisher Lo Scarabeo has published over 100 Tarot decks that have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. Only the best Italian and International artists are selected for our new decks, and the result is that Lo Scarabeo's decks are all recognizable as an exceptional artistic value.

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One of Lo Scarabeo's goals is the preservation of traditional Tarot decks.

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New decks and ideas are continually gathered from all over the world. This allows Lo Scarabeo to produce some of the most innovative decks available today.

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Lo Scarabeo is committed to ever increasing quality and beauty of their products.

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*Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.

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Major arcana cards are depicted well with good designs and symbols.
Suzanne Peroutka
This deck is beautiful and if you're interested in a deck that is visually incredible, I would recommend this Crystal Tarot or the Thoth Tarot aka the Crowley Deck.
ErickUSMC
The Trumps are beautiful, and like the rest of the deck, each has a rich, jewel-like feel.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cerulean on January 27, 2005
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This is a beautiful art deck. I've read that people buy the deck for the gorgeous colors in the minors and majors. Some close scrutiny reveals astrological symbols in the cards, such as the courts cards and some interesting sun and moon symbols in very different minors. Swords is definitely used for the 'water' element, which is faithful to a lesser-known system of cartomancy, from Eudes Picard (more on this below).

The "Crystal" title seems to be a translation of describing a lovely appearance similar to leaded crystal stained glass. Elisabetta Trevisan is said to have used tempera paints on glass to create the images.

From information discussed on Aeclectic.net, fans of this deck discovered similarities to the minors of the El Gran Esoterico (all images available for this Spanish tarot on [...] a deck from the "Spanish School" of Continental Tarots.

The minor descriptions from Eudes Picard are available in a used book. I recommend a cheap reprint of the Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences with introduction by M.C. Poinsot, published by Robert M. McBride and Company, New York, (copyright 1939 in hardback; check used amazon.com and abebooks.com for paperback). The tarot system comes from Eudes Picard seems to be from around 1900 and of the same period that literature was available form Oswald Wirth, Levi and Etteilla. While much of the book has silly and outdated information, the tarot synopsis might be of interest to those interested in the odd background of tarot writing.

The keywords and brief explanation of the Lo Scarabeo booklet are similar, but not in enough detail for some of us fans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2007
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Loosely based on the art of Viennese painter Gustav Klimt, this 78-card deck boasts intricate detailing in the Major Arcana with lovely geometric patterning and flowing lines among the non-illustrated Minors. The diverse, expressive Court Cards follow the Knave, Knight, Queen and King arrangement, and Justice is Trump 8 while Strength is Trump 11.

There is so much depth to the Majors--I feel I could step right into the card and enter this unusual world created by Ms. Trevisan. One of my favorite cards is Justice, where a stunning robe of electric magenta cascades over the Lady holding the sword and the scales. And the Strength card? The patient, persevering woman--both hands on the head of a feisty lion-- looks at us as if to say "I'm tying to hold this together--but how much longer?!"

Imbued with personality, the Court cards are exceptional. The King of Pentacles sits among craggy rocks, almost at one with the cavernous landscape. I especially love the Knave of Swords, who rests his hands on the hilt of his weapon, looking downward at the chessboard upon which he stands.

I bought the Crystal Tarot based on an online review that showed only four Majors and two Aces. While the Majors are stunning, my heart fell when I saw the Minor Arcana. While a few of the Minors are quite clever--the 3 of Pentacles portrays glyphs of the three Earth signs (Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn) embossed on the coins--most of the numbered cards are unremarkable. In fact, the 7, 9 and 10 of Cups are *identical* except for the additional cups--which seems unfortunately lazy to me.

Some elemental motifs pop up unexpectedly, without seeming rhyme or reason, such as water/Moon symbols among the Swords Courts and butterflies among the Chalices Courts.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Peroutka on November 28, 2003
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I choose this deck for the artwork and the colors. Major arcana cards are depicted well with good designs and symbols. The minor arcana cards however, are just basic. They only have art showing the suits and the numbers. No illos to go with them unlike some decks. Still a great deck
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on September 23, 2005
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This product has a fine quality of impression and an astonishing art work. Really liked it, as I'm fond on work resembling Klimt!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sharma on April 19, 2008
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I bought this deck as a gift for myself at Christmas, I only had the RWD before, and while that seemed sufficient, I did not have any great connection with the deck, as I found the majority of those images rather crude and in many cases uncomfortable. After doing alot of research, reading the reviews and even going to the website for the publishing house... (which shows all of the court cards) [...]

I decided upon this deck, I fell inlove with the images right off the bat, the Major Arcana are a beautiful variation of the RWD, and the Court Cards are extremly stunning. What they say of the Minor cards is true, they are dissapointing in comparison to the other cards, in that they do not tell a story, but are still quite attractive and still make the deck and excellent investment.

Tiny items of note are that:Wands are Fire and Coins are Earth, but Cups are Air and Swords are Water, also Justice is VIII and Strength is XI, none of which are a huge break from some of the other more modern tarot decks or which detract from the decks accuracy in anyway whatsoever.

Beyond the obvious beauty of this deck, what suprised me and deserves the most attention, was how pore raisingly accurate my readings are with this deck, and the fact that not until I got this deck, did I realise how disconnected I was from my original deck. To the point where I have just ordered a new deck for reading for others (the pearls of wisdom tarot deck), as I do not want anyone else touching this deck.

In short, even if you decide not to purchase this deck, make sure to get one that you feel some sort of "connection to" or you will never realise your full potential with your readings.
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