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The Merlin Tarot Book Supplement – July 25, 2002


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Illustrator Miranda Gray and author R.J. Stewart are both respected authorities on Merlin legend and the Tarot.
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Product Details

  • Misc. Supplies: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd. (July 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007133227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133222
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,353,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alison Wild on November 8, 2007
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R.J. Stewart has created a tarot deck using a system of his own that, if one is willing to study the books he wrote to accompany the cards, can turn out to be shockingly accurate for readings, and an excellent source of knowledge regarding correspondences as a whole.
The Merlin tarot breaks with Rider-Waite tradition to recreate the four suits in a new way. Instead of Pentacles, Swords, Cups and Wands in that order, Stewart presents Beasts, Birds, Serpents and Fishes. The four suits Stewart uses are Beasts to represent Pentacles. Birds to represent Swords, Serpents to represent Wands, and Fishes to represent Cups. These correspond to the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, in that order.
It gets more complex after that, but doesn't need to be dug into too much deeper, at least for the deck to work for me it didn't. I love the three of serpents card so much with the fairly simple line drawing design of the twining dragon-ish serpents forming a Celtic-looking knot that I have often considered it for my next tattoo.
The Warriors as well as the Pages (too bad he couldn't think of a better name than Pages) are unisex, and they are really potentially of either sex. Some decks try and fail to pull that off. This is helpful in readings to a degree that makes it a quantitatively more natural experience to perform meaningful readiings with this deck.
I especially love the little dragon that the Queen of Serpents holds in her hand and the cat at her side (and yes..the red hair!) I usually relate much more to Cups/Fishes and to Swords/Birds as a suit but this deck drew me deeply into the Serpents/Wands (fire) suit even though actually the suit of Wands/fire isn't really my thing.
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I just bought a new copy of this book because my old one disappeared. I love studying the Hebrew Kabbalah. The Celtic traditions overlap, but aren't precisely the same as the Hebrew versions. Stewart's illustrations and explanations of the Celtic Tree would be reason enough to own this book.

But he delivers amazing insights into tarot through the Merlin and Celtic traditions. I've been studying tarot since 1976 and Kabbalah since 1987. Stewart's "The Merlin Tarot" is one of the treasures in my permanent collection.
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