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The Sacred Rose Tarot Cards – December 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Cards edition (December 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880790121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880790123
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 1.2 x 4.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very intense and darkly mysterious.
Rashchupkina
It isn't as brutally honest as other decks (which is very nice.) but gives a good read.
KM
A great deck for both collectors and mystics.
Pamela L. Wells

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By doctordruidphd on May 3, 2001
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Back in the 1970s, when I first became involved with the tarot, I remember being very disappointed with the cards available at that time. The Waite deck, in its time a ground-breaking and innovative project, had, in my opinion, all the zest and brilliance of Arthur Edward Waite's writing style -- as Regardie put it, "turgid, pompous and pretentious." To me, utterly useless. Then along came the Sacred Rose. For the first time, here was imagery that was bright, clear in meaning, reflective and yet also very much alive. I never really took the tarot seriously until I encountered this deck, and even now, with many other fine and innovative decks having appeared on the scene, this is still the deck I consider the best. The images are reminiscent of stained glass, but really evoke an entirely different feeling than other decks.. Rather than telling you what the cards mean, it seems as though the images draw their meaning out from the inside. In addition, there is none of the formal stodginess of traditional decks; you can almost smell the woods and flowers that illuminate the borders, and feel the forces the cards represent, something like looking toward the stars on a cold, clear night. If this all sounds a bit romantic, it is because the images are themselves romantic, and that kind of interaction is what succesful use of the tarot is all about. this is a good deck for beginners as well as experienced readers, and is capable of producing readings from the mundane to the deepest of spiritual encounters. Highly recommended; don't leave your astral home without it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
This is my favorite Tarot deck so far. Although it relies on Kabbalah and Rider-Waite, High Magick imagery, the art work is intuitively powerful and compelling. Many of the images still take me by surprise with their power and their complexity. A very pagan friendly deck, easy to work with. Close enough to Rider-Waite not to require adjustments for most readers, but far ahead in symbology, especially the re-working of the Minor Arcana, which is unique in most cards. Excellent for meditation and spell work as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "melissaps" on November 26, 2000
These cards were my fathers, and now they are mine. They've sparked quite a love of the tarot in me. Wonderful set for beginners and exsperienced readers alike.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
I had been searching for a tarot deck that "speaks to me" for years... I use Rider Waite consistently for readings and have purchased [and been disappointed in] many, many others. I orderd the Sacred Rose Tarot, telling myself not to get my hopes up and was stunned when I opened the box. The artwork is simply gorgeous, amazing colors and symbology that grabs you on a cellular level. As I went through the deck, card by card, I found one more beautiful than the next. I couldn't stop looking at it the first day. This deck has enhanced my readings immeasurably! A truly stunning work, a piece of art.
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I have had it 2 months and am quite blown away by it. Sacred Rose is not strictly RWS or Thoth based .....it's in its own category completely imo. The images are so forceful and full of cosmic vibration. Very intense and darkly mysterious. I have been doing daily draws with SRT and I keep getting these very profound "revelations". This deck seems to have an ancient personality, whispering secrets from the primal deep Night. The book the author wrote is one of the best companion books for deck I have read. Very unusual, in-depth and with a poetic turn to her words and interpertations. This deck is a classic, around since 1982, and you can clearly see the artist's deep and lifelong involvement with the Tarot shine through in her original and inspired images, colours and symbols.

The intense and captivating colours in this deck deserve special mention. Each suit has it's own set of colour swirls and they are completely stunning. Swords are all kinds of blues, purples, dark mauve, violet.....very menacholy. The Wands are a exquisite palette of oranges and reds. Pentacles are so evocative of the Earth, Autumn and harvest....citrines, golds, russets, yelllows and on and on. The majors are extremely powerful, you get a sense of partaking of wisdom from the Cosmos. Lots of nature infuses and makes this pack feel alive with much personality.

As far as these controversial "blank eyes" that get so much mention. I love them! They are evocative of the Otherworld/Underworld energy that this deck is so strongly infused with. I am starting to feel this deck really does transport you into the Otherworld deeper and deeper the longer you focus and work on it. You can travel to all levels with this deck.

It is a very Autumnal Tarot....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andarta on March 14, 2009
After reading the reviews posted here and see the card images provided, I just knew I was going to love this deck. Imagine my disappointment to open the deck and see what I can only describe as dull and muddy coloring. As for the artwork itself, the human-noid figures look distorted and ugly, with only the figures in the suite of Cups being at all attractive. Frustrated with the deck, I opened the book and was very glad to find it informative, well written and usable. Hence the stars on this review. If not for the book, I would have given 2 stars.
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