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5.0 out of 5 stars artistically gorgeous deck drawing on ancient tarot roots, November 18, 1999
This review is from: Renaissance Tarot Deck (Cards)
This is one of the most beautiful decks you are likely to find. The major arcana are detailed etchings, delicately colored and bordered in gold.
A casual look might make one think that this is a "period" deck, differing from other tarots mainly in the lavish Renaissance costumes shown on the cards. However, it is much more. The artist is a student of art history, in particular the Italian Renaissance, in which the very first tarot decks were produced. This deck captures something of the spirit of those original tarots, in which the major arcana were presented as classic, allegorical designs. We've become accustomed to tarot designs laden with 19th-century occult symbolism; this deck offers a refreshing taste of a different kind of tarot, one whose message is open to anyone with imagination and an appreciation of the language of art.
There are many references to Greek and Roman mythology in these cards, as well as medieval folklore and philosophy. So there is a lot of symbolic richness here, although it draws from somewhat different sources than many other decks. For this reason, it is a good idea to buy this deck along with the book, which explains the cultural context of the imagery in great detail, with lots of illustrations from art history.
I have found this to be a reliable and often stunningly powerful reading deck. Perhaps because the artist has studied so many centuries of western art with an eye for recognizing the tarot archetypes wherever they appear, these cards seem to capture the essential ingredients of the human condition with force and clarity. The suit cards in this deck require a little extra effort, however, being more reserved in dramatic content than those in many other decks.
This is a beautiful, powerful deck. Because its inspiration comes from the early Italian tarot tradition, rather than the occult systems of more recent times, I strongly recommend it be purchased along with the companion book, rather than trying to use it with concepts meant for a different sort of deck.
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2010 11:55:33 PM PDT
Elle R.H. says:
I have over used this particular deck for the past 22 years, and this review explains why I am drawn back to it time and time again. I have many other decks that I use from time to time, but this is by far my favorite, it touches the heart of my inuitive nature. This review has helped clarified why I am looking to purchase my second deck, since this first is so worn from good use. I am also fond of the single words placed in the corners of the cards, even in reverse.
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