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Tarot of the Magical Forest (English and Spanish Edition) Cards – July 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds B edition (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0738714127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738714127
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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

Development
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.

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

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

Customer Reviews

This deck is great for a cute relationship reading.
Kelly
For any tarot collector who loves animals, this is a wonderful, vibrant deck.
Amazon Customer
This has quickly become my favorite of my four tarot decks.
Robin Nicole

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robin Nicole on October 25, 2008
I normally don't write reviews for products. After a while, they all sound the same and don't add any real substance. However, since this card set had two such wildly disparaging reviews, I thought I'd throw in my two cents.

I purchased these cards almost two years ago as a birthday present to myself. They are wonderfully eclectic and fun to study. Animals obviously replace human representation, with frogs waving Wands, rabbits raising Cups, cats wielding Swords, and foxes playing with Pentacles

Apparently, there are now TWO printings of this deck - the original from China (2005), and the reissue from Lo Scarabeo (2008). The version being sold on Amazon is the re-issued set. My cards, being from the original issue, are from a study stock. The borders are slightly different as well...more of the text is in Chinese with very minimal translations. This has quickly become my favorite of my four tarot decks.

Personally, I would go for the original issue if you can find it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martysaurus-Rex on October 26, 2010
I came across this Taiwanese deck a few years ago on ebay before it was released by Lo Scarabeo and fell in love with it's images. There is something very engaging about it's playful, bright and almost dreamy imagery that draw you in immediately. But what brought me back time and time again to using it in readings (both for myself and others) was the storybook like quality of the cards in layouts. The colors weave from dark to light, and from soothing greens and blues, to cheerful yellows and pinks; creating both contrast when opposed, and unity when placed together.
When looking for "THE" deck,(and I know we've all been there) I was often disappointed by one or two cards that really took me out of a reading. The colors of a Magician's robes were dull, or a Lovers card depicted two dejected looking, emaciated forms. I feel like sometimes a tarot deck comes with the illustrator's own emotional baggage, (for better or worse) and can really throw off your intuitive understanding of a reading.
This deck however has none of that murkiness. The darkest cards emote the mourning and dread which they are meant to convey; but even those swords and cups have a playful and whimsical feeling about them. The Tarot Of The Magical Forest is a deck that has its "heart" in the right place. The readings I have done for myself and others have all been inherently positive and fun to give.
For me this was "THE" deck I had been looking for. And now, since being released by Lo Scarabeo it can be yours too!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 10, 2009
"In order to understand the language of fables, you simply must imagine you are a child once again and let your imagination lead you into this mystical world. In this way, with the same innocent and childlike craving for discovery, you will seek the simplest and most truthful meanings of the Tarots: the most extraordinary ones that we had forgotten we knew, those that we left behind together with our old books of fairy tales and toys that had seemed so magical to us long ago." - From the Little White Book to the Tarot of the Magical Forest

An utterly adorable Tarot deck from Lo Scarabeo, the Tarot of the Magical Forest is populated with families of bunnies, foxes, frogs and cats within the Minor Arcana, while all manner of animals govern the forest in the Majors.

White old bear lumbers in the cold, illumined lantern leading the way through the snow. Crocodile Grandmother presides over disputes among the forest creatures, while Johnny Porcupine drives a careening chariot, vowing not to return until from the city until the sun is set. Brother Bat hangs upside down, seeing the world from a new perspective, as the empress Crowned Piglet declares happiness, love and tranquility among the forest populace.

Such are some of the characters gracing the soft, colorful imagery of the Tarot of the Magical Forest. Modeled after the Rider-Waite-Smith depictions, the card illustrations catch these wide-eyed creatures performing all-too-human actions. Whether it's sneaky cat making off with an armful of blades in the 7 of Swords or the pragmatic fox doling out coins to outstretched paws, this lighthearted deck captures universal themes both mundane and profound.

The Family of Bunnies--nurturing, guileless and sensitive--corresponds to the human suit of Chalices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Carpenter on December 21, 2012
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I'm becoming a collector of decks - this is my ninth. I'm very pleased with it. The illustrations are charming and cute, but not so cute that you can't take them seriously in a reading.

Another review focused on the thickness of the cards - I have four decks by Lo Scarabeo and they are all similarly thin, but I would not describe them as "flimsy". I find them easier to shuffle than other decks, and my oldest Lo Scarabeo deck has withstood heavy use (daily shuffling to draw a card a day for a few months), so I would not consider this a flaw.

The Rider-Waite imagery is true to form - if you are already familiar with RW, these are easy to read. They would also make a good introductory deck for someone wanting to get started with tarot.

If you like animals and the artwork speaks to you, I highly recommend this deck!
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