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Quantum Tarot: A Tarot of New Physics Paperback – September 1, 2008

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"The Quantum Tarot explores the polar extremes of modern physics,­ the vast reaches of outer space, and the ultra-microscopic world of subatomic space through its 78 visually striking cards. The deck aims to give poetic and symbolic expression to the dry theory of science."  —Aeclectic Tarot Official Review

About the Author

Kay Stopforth is a former professional tarot reader, a regular contributor to the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, and the author of Universe Cards. Chris Butler is an author and an illustrator who has assisted on design schemes, murals, and trompe l'oeil in the UK and Ireland.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Kunati Inc.; Tcr Crds edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601641699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601641694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Quantum Tarot blends astronomical imagery, scientific theory and Tarot symbolism in a visually and theoretically breathtaking presentation reminiscent of the Voyager Tarot. In its time, the Voyager broke new ground with its photocollage style, in many cases incorporating astronomical photography with tarot symbolism. The Quantum takes that idea to a whole new level: just as the Hubble images used in the Quantum are a technological leap beyond what were available at the time the Voyager was created, the Quantum Tarot is an artistic jump into a world that the Voyager could only glimpse. Moreover, while I am not ordinarily a fan of Rider-Waite style decks, the Quantum Tarot adds an entirely new dimension -- well, maybe several of them -- to the style that makes the Rider-Waite-ness fade into the background. This is not the same old Tarot in new clothes; this is an entirely new world, entered by way of the Tarot.

That new world is the world of theoretical physics. Physics is the science of how things work, and as our understanding of the world grew beyond dropping things from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, so the theories that tie our observations of things into explanations of how they work grew in complexity. It became apparent that the theories that explain how very large things like planets and galaxies work, were on a collision course with the theories that explain how very small things like atoms work. Both sets of theories couldn't be true, and yet both seem to be. Even worse, it became obvious that all of these theories were incompatible in very basic ways with the theories that explain how ordinary things like clocks and bicycles work.
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As a collector of Tarot decks, I usually guage them by the feeling I get when I first open them and hold them in my hands; if there's that immediate feeling of connectedness, I know I've made a good choice. And this one is right at the top.

I was initially interested in the concept of this deck: A Tarot of New Physics, and as a spiritual person who despises religious dogma, and a science junkie to boot, the idea of drawing the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos into the mysterious world of the Tarot, was too intriguing to pass up.

When I first opened the deck and began flipping through the cards, I was at once drawn to and awestruck by the images of the deck; resplendent cosmic vistas, interlaced with imagery from the traditional Tarot. It stirred a sense of the universal connectedness of all things in what we know and understand as the Universe at this point in our development as human beings. But it also evoked a sense of wonder and the possibility of the things we don't yet know about ourselves or our existence, the things we've yet to unlock or discover about who we are or what our place is on the cosmic stage.

On the practical side, the deck is a tad bigger than a standard Tarot deck, thus making shuffling a little difficult at first; but once you stretch your digits a bit, the deck has a pleasant feel to it. There's a nice matte finish to the cards that gives them a solid, grounded feel, so they're not going to go slip-sliding all over the place when you shuffle. The edges of the cards are gilded in a beautiful silver finish that adds a sense of opulence to the deck and adds to the overall beauty of it.

In short, this is a truly gorgeous deck that inspires at first sight. I love this deck and I think I will be working with it for many years to come. Highly recommended!
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Quantum Tarot: A Tarot of New Physics

Buy this deck...you will not be disappointed!

Since the first visuals were available for this deck I have been waiting for its release and I am not disappointed. My first viewing of the deck was sitting with the evening sun coming through the window, sharing a good glass of Australian Shiraz with a friend and listening to the music of Blackmore's Night -- Castles & Dreams. Blackmore's Night -- Castles & Dreams
The cards are beautiful and it will take many viewings to see and all of the images as there are the readily visible and the more subtle that come from contemplation. Thank you Kay and Chris for your work!
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At first, I was disappointed with this deck. Not with the cards themselves, because they are beautiful, having photos of phenomena in space primarily from the Hubble Space Telescope as the backgrounds for the cards, but with the whole idea behind this deck. After reading the book included with the cards, I thought that integrating the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, with the symbolic system of Tarot cards, just didn't work for me. I was lost in space! It was hard enough for me to understand the theories of quantum mechanics, but what do Fermions and Bosnons have to do with the 6 of Swords? What does Quantum Foam have to do with The Tower? I was asked by Amazon.com to write a review of the deck. So, I began to read through the book again, and look at the cards again, so I could find examples, to justify my 3-star rating, I was going to give the deck. I looked at the first 3 cards, The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, and read the explanation for each card. Each card has a separate scientific background and interpretation set forth. After reviewing these 3 cards, I just stopped, and had a quantum leap. I said to myself: "Wait a minute, there IS something to this deck!". After going over all the cards again, I realized that this is an amazing deck. Now, I may be going contrary to what the creators of the deck had intended for it, but I believe that I was mistaken in trying to integrate scientific principles(which I still have difficulty understanding), with Tarot symbolism. What this deck does, is show that what occurs in the expanse of the universe and the invisible world of the atom, can relate to what occurs in our psychological and spiritual being. They should not be integrated, but viewed side by side, and understood as having similarities.Read more ›
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