- Publisher: Roost Books; Box Tcr Cr edition (October 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611805481
- ISBN-13: 978-1611805482
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 1.8 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 243 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fountain Tarot: Illustrated Deck and Guidebook Cards – October 10, 2017
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The Fountain Tarot includes:
+A 112-page guidebook with a foil stamp on the cover written by Jason Gruhl.
+79 silver-gilded and die-cut rounded corner cards with beautiful oil paintings creatived by artist Jonathan Saiz.
+A unique, embedded magnetic strip clasp box with touches of holographic shimmer and a lift out ribbon conceived by designer Andi Todaro.
“When A. E. Waite conceived of his deck with Pamela Colman Smith in the early 1900s, what he did is what the creators of The Fountain are doing today, over 100 years later. The Fountain imagery both simultaneously exhibits a timeless quality and also expresses where we are today in our spiritual journey as a global society.” —Benebell Wenn, Author of The Tao of Craft, and The Holistic Tarot (North Atlantic Books)
“First conceived as a collaborative art piece by artist Jonathan Saiz, author Jason Gruhl, and designer Andi Todaro, these 79 paintings with shimmery silver-gilded edges sing with a kind of hyper-modern cosmic intelligence. The mini guidebook interweaves classic tarot themes with sacred geometry, art, psychology and technology. All in all? It’s a silvery, self-reflective, nuanced delight.”— WildUnknown.com
"So lush and gorgeous. Every card feels like a refreshing spring rain, inviting you to step inside and dip yourself in its secrets. From the shiny, metallic box, to the beautiful, geometric cardbacks, to each thoughtfully-rendered painting, The Fountain Tarot has seduced me hook, line and sinker.” —twosidestarot.com
“Creat[es] an atmosphere that feels timeless and modern at the same time, as though the cards can truly tell the future by calling upon some kind of evolutionary, dawns-of time understanding that exists within all of us, and all around us…” — Little Red Tarot UK, Beth Maiden
About the Author
JONATHAN SAIZ's paintings and sculptures are in private and commercial collections worldwide and are exhibited in the US and the UK. His last series, ALKAHEST, was created during eight hermetic months on the Greek island of Mykonos. A recent commission from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science allowed him to explore his interest in the shrouded and mysterious side of history, studying ancient Roman frescoes and scarab beetles, also expanding his love for the visual and energetic possibilities of crystals and minerals.
JASON GRUHL is the former executive director and founder of The Joshua School (a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in Boulder and Denver, CO) and an educational consultant. Jason holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology, and dedicates his life to self-discovery through meditation and reflection.
ANDI TODARO's graphic design projects have taken her across the US and into Europe: from her recent work with MSNBC in NYC for their coverage of "The Feast," to her designs for the "Belle Epoque" and "Bollywood" Galas of the American School of Paris.
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The card stock compared to the Wild Unknown is substantial and thick. The cards seem to be easy to shuffle and the silver gilded edging is beautiful. The cards themselves are calming and majestic.
The accompanying booklet provides basic information about tarot and then delves into the meanings of each card. Think this is a great deck and think it will appeal to many looking to add a deck for tarot options.
Packaging: It comes int a self-contained box, that has a magnetic closure. It's probably my favorite box. The deck and book both fit in there perfectly, and there's a ribbon to help get it out. No messing around with giant boxes and cardboard inserts. It's the size of the deck, and absolutely gorgeous.
Book: I'll admit, I haven't really gone through the book. I'm assuming that the meanings given are the same as the self published version. Assuming that--I love the creators interpretation on the cards. The meanings given add unique little insights and different perspectives I wouldn't always consider, but they don't really deviate from the standard, either. The book itself is small, the size of the deck. The contents are basically the same as the self-published version, though they are presented in a different order. A brief comparison of the Table of Contents show that this version added "Sample reading and interpretation" and lost the "Bios" section. It might still be in there, I'm just not seeing it in the contents. Overall, I have to say this is probably my favorite "LWB" to come with a deck.
Artwork: Absolutely gorgeous. You should be able to look up the cards online, but these pictures are stunning. I will say, I can notice a slight difference in the colors when compared to the self-published deck, but *this* deck seems to be more vibrant--the darks are darker and the brights are brighter, if you will. But yeah, the images are breathtaking, and there is nothing I can criticize on those. (Remember, I did say biased!)
Card stock: So, the cards themselves have silver gilding. I will say, picking them up right away, my hands did get a bit sparkly. I'm sure that'll go away with use. They aren't stuck together--at least not that I noticed--as is common with some gilded decks. The card stock itself is nice--I wouldn't call it *quite* as nice as the self-published version though. These feel a bit stiffer, a bit more cardboard-y. Though, and I will say this clearly, that could very easily be just from use. This is a brand new deck vs one I've used regularly. Of course the cards aren't going to be as supple. It does feel a bit thinner than the self-published version to me, but I'd say it's still far above the standard LoS or Llewellyn card stock.
Overall: Should you get this deck? If you like the style--yes, yes, a thousand times yes. It's probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite. I liked it enough to buy two versions--and this is the *only* deck I own two copies of. So if you're even remotely tempted, go for it. I have a feeling you won't regret it!
1: The cards are pretty thin, and as shown in the photo, they bend very... very easily. The card in the photo had never even been shuffled as its the note card.
2: The silver linings on the cards do come off on your hands. For me, it's not too much of a big deal, its faint but its there.
The little book it comes with gave me plenty of information to get started as a beginner, and I think it would even serve an advanced user as some of the meanings can be a tad different. I view that as a good thing because it’s helped me to really expand how I view each card I pull. In the end, how you “read” the meaning of a tarot card comes down to following your own intuition.
Finally, the box it comes in is not only beautiful but sturdy, too. It has a nice ribbon attached that you can put under the cards when you put them in the box, so that when you pull the ribbon the cards come right out. No more dumping!
If you’ve been on the fence about this deck, buy it! You won’t be disappointed. :)