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Tarot of The Imagination Cards – March 8, 2001

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  • Publisher: Lo Scarabeo; 1st edition (March 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 2.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,728,546 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.

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

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.

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

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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Coleman on July 23, 2005
Format: Cards
Before commenting on the Tarot of the Imagination, I must qualify my review. I am not a professional cartomancer and only have limited abilities in tarot reading, although I would assume that we all are continuously learning more everday about the art.

This is a fascinating deck and is a serious departure from the classic Ryder collection, which is much more accessible for most readers, novice and professional alike. These cards are like some phantasmogoric landscape, utterly captivating, but often opaque in meaning. The card faces literally beg the reader to feel meaning, rather than to analyze it.

Some of the cards are more literal than suggestive, such as the King of Pentacles. Most, however, are highly evocative and demand the reader work his or her own imaginative and intuitive powers to derive sense and value from them. Many even seem to echo the absurdism of Salvador Dali, such as the portrait of the Hanged Man, who seems to drip like nasal discharge from the gigantic head of another figure.

Many of the cards have historical contexts as well. Several are set in times of crisis, revolution, and war, chiefly found in the Sword suit, which seems appropriate enough. The artist, Ferenc Pinter is to be commended for his breadth of imaginative topics, which, like the tarot itself, ranges from passion to pain, from illusion to stark reality. The deck has urged me to learn more about this talented artist.

On the downside, the deck has some serious flaws. Perhaps it is my easy familiarity with Ryder, but some of the illustrations simply have no relevance to me with traditional interpretations. For example, the Ten of Pentacles displays what appears to be a typical American couple before the great Sphinx in Egypt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shantidevi on February 22, 2012
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Of all my tarot, Ferenc Pinter's Tarot of the Imagination stands out as one of the most avant-garde, unique, resonant, and disturbingly beautiful. It has a special attraction for me, as I have particular interest in modern and contemporary art.

The suits of this deck are a strong departure from other decks, as mentioned above, and are drawn from the artist's large body of work. The trumps were painted for Lo Scarabeo as tarot, and the pips reflect various preoccupations in Pinter's body of work. There are unflinching representations of WWI and WWII, rather melancholic representations of love affairs, and images which suggest travel to distant parts of the world. It is a dream-like, surreal, and evocative deck -- truly a tarot of imagination. It gives particularly poignant readings about love affairs, and lost loves, which should be taken into account if bringing strong feelings to the surface is undesirable. The artist is clearly well acquainted with adventure, love, and romance, as well as disappointment, loss, and violence.

In addition to the historic Kings and Queens, the courts have strong, unique characters. The LWB has brief, poetic meanings for the cards. One of my favorites being the truly romantic Knave of Chalices, "Desire. To search the sea of life for someone who is searching for me." The meanings of the cards are different, and the images resonant. Intuitive readers will recognize a certain world weariness that could be described as a European sensibility. The delineations themselves are some of the most evocatively intimate I have ever read and unique to this deck.

I have sought out different versions of this deck, as it is truly a work of art.
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