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Secret Tarot Cards – March 5, 2012
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Lo Scarabeo's Tarot decks have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. With the best Italian and international artists, each Lo Scarabeo deck is an exceptional artistic value.
Commited to developing innovative new decks while preserving the rich tradition of Tarot, Lo Scarabeo continues to be a favorite among collectors and readers.
Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the symbolism incorporated is just brilliant and was revealed slowly, a little at a time over a long period. I wondered what was going on with the Ace of swords... a sword is stuck in a piece of stone work with an engraving of a strange bird-man creature devouring a fish on it. This boggled me until one day I looked and got it, the bird (air intellect logic) devours the fish (emotion, felling, understanding) and thus the card represents a triumph of the mind over the emotions. The otter on Temperence was a wonderful idea: a creature that can survive both on land (solidity) and water (emotion again) but has been largeley forced to retreat to the waters (emotion) when it is in danger. I preferred not to use the little white book at all (read the first paragraph of it once) when learning with this deck, I had a much better time observing the cards on my own.
I try to read with a number of decks so that I can continue to get new information from the cards but the Secret Tarot is the one I turn to when I want to know what is going on.
I am not a fan of comic book art, but many of the cards do seem to have that "look", but this is not a detraction for me at all. The style of the artwork is not consistent, which is one of the things I enjoy about this deck. The characters are portrayed in 17th, 18th, and 19th century, medieval, renaissance, ancient, modern, and fantastical garb. Some of the female characters are nude or partially nude, but are not exaggerated in the way that comic book art often portrays women. Many of the cards have a distinct 1930's or 1940's look to them, and some of the faces are much more detailed and of a totally different "look" than others, so it seems that there was more than one artist at work on this deck. The colors are rich and deep, the expressions and postures are subtle and effective, and often evoke meanings or impressions that don't always follow the "standard" interpretations.
For me, it is the mixing and combining of these various "looks" or styles that draws me to this deck. I love it, because the mixed manner of costume alone can stir up images, ideas, concepts and entire stories. Take the Lover, Trump number VI (6) as an example. Here we have a young man in renaissance costume standing on the ground holding out six fingers.Read more ›
Some people complain about Lo Scarabeo's borders (with the card name translations, etc.) but I don't find them annoying or obtrusive in the least. The wonderful images of the cards overwhelm them and I don't even notice the borders, nor do I think that they cut down the image size by very much at all.
That being said, the images force you to look deeply into them and search for the meanings in the cards. The artwork is, on the whole, somewhat dark. Even the more simplistic looking cards hold a whole depth of details that might be missed for quite a while. Some cards are rather straightforward in imagery while some others are positively puzzling and may elude personal understanding for a long time. Its images invite you to ponder them, even after you've finished your reading.
Definitely one to look into for those looking for a deck with great art, or darker themes. However, I am a semi-beginner at tarot and this deck takes a lot of concentration for me to even get some shade of general meaning out of it. I welcome its challenge!
-I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is looking for a first deck.
-I would recommend it for someone who is trying to move past the beginner's state and into reading more with intuition.
The artwork is just fabulous, too. Just goin' through the deck without doing a reading is fun just to look at the beauty of the cards. The magickian and temperance cards are deffinatly two of the most beautiful cards I've seen in any deck.
Also, they are fairly easy to read.
My only complaint is that the included booklette is absoloutly non-informative. It includes the intended meanings for the cards in about a two-three word description, and they are generally far from the traditional meanings, which can leave a beginner very... confused, to say the least.
However, if you don't mind a slightly non-traditional deck (never been a traditionalist, personally) and you know enough about the tarot via your own translations or the traditional ones, which you can find online, then you'll love this deck. I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this deck. the card stock is durable, the printing is clear and the imagery is amazing. It doesn't stray to far from the R/W setup, but Lo Scarbeo has truly created a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ghost
Love the art work, clean lines. I did not like that the back of the cards have art from the two of cups and cannot be used for reversed readings.Published 16 months ago by Sakima Wolfe
I love this deck, in fact this deck is what I use for personal and everyday use. The art is amazing. It expresses cards so brilliantly... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leirda
I have used this deck since I was 23, and the totality of design, from images/colors/shapes have lead me to turn on 2 new readers to this deck, and now they refuse to try any other... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by EPayne
Let me start off by saying that Marco Nizzoli has some really amazing and beautiful artwork and I am a fan (check out his web page). Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by CupCakeMartian
Like all of Lo Scarbeo's decks, this one is beuatifully printed and produced, but on receiving it, i was very disappointed in the quality of the art close-up. Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by Sola
The Cards are beautiful, easy to connect to if you are open-minded. They are good for beginners, however the booklet is insufficient as there are no explanations for the... Read morePublished on August 6, 2009 by marymoon8
The Secret Tarot is a gothic looking Tarot deck drawn by Marco Nizzoli and based on the Tarot of Marseilles and Rider Tarot. This deck screams "Renaissance meets Gothic". Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by Neko-san
Anyone who's read tarot for a while will have figured out this really obvious statement: good decks have personalities, and not all decks work with the reader. Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by Seven Kitties