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Golden Tarot Deck Cards – Box set, March, 2004

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Golden Tarot has been collaged completely from artwork of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

From a time of violence, pestilence and oppression came poignant images of gentle beauty and human frailty.

They speak to me of a truth that is timeless, and hope that flowers even in the darkest conditions. I hope that they also speak to you.

- Kat Black, artist/author of Golden Tarot.

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Kat Black is an author, artist and webmaster. She lives in Australia.
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Product Details

  • Cards: 198 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems; 1st edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572814349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572814349
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 2.3 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 8, 2004
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"Golden Tarot is a compilatioin of collages from artwork of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Poignant images of gentle beauty and human frailty came from a time of violence, pestilence, and oppression. These images speak to me of a truth that is timeless, and hope that flowers even in the darkest conditions. It is my hope that they speak to you as well." -- Kat Black, creator of The Golden Tarot.

I have never been drawn to traditional Tarot decks, especially those fashioned after the Rider-Waite. Rather, I tend to go for the funky, the symbolic, and the high tech. One of the reasons for my preference is because modern life seems so far removed from the period in which traditional Tarot was created.

So I wasn't sure what to expect from Kat Black's Golden Tarot. I knew nothing about the deck, other than people were giving it high praise. When I opened the sturdy box with the lid that comes off the top, I was intrigued that therein was a deck with gilded edges. Remmeber your Grandmother's Bible? The one who's pages shined so brightly when closed? This luxurious deck has that same gilt edging. The cards follows traditional Tarot, with 78 cards total. The Minor Arcana is fully illlustrated like the Majors. The images are printed on heavy cardboard with a matte golden border. The back is a tapestry of subdued shades of camel and rust. You can't tell from the backs if a card is upright or reversed.

The most unsual aspect of Golden Tarot is that deck creator Kat Black has digitally collaged images from various lesser-known paintings from a period she calls International Gothic. This period of time, 1200-1500 A.D., evolved into the Reniassance.
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This deck is so very beautiful, the box is sturdy, the booklet is a nice size and I really like the interpretations, fresh and yet very intuitive. The card stock is firm, but soon becomes easy to handle, the gold gilt edges are truly luxurious. I must say that I was pretty surprised at how reasonable the price is on this deck. I cannot imagine how this was possible, as this deck and book set seem to be of such high quality. U.S. Games System has really outdone themselves in the production of this lovely deck.
If you want to see the cards and try a free reading with them visit the artists website; goldentarot.com
The artwork on the cards is really gorgeous, I for one did not immediately realize that it is collaged, as each cards imagery is so well integrated. Now a confession, I buy new decks all the time ever searching for that perfect deck which I can actually figure out how to read with. Always there are a few cards which turn me off and send me back to my trusty Rider Waite. This deck is the deck I have been looking for - finally a deck that incorporates the best of RW interpretive imagery, and actually improves on it! If you are comfortable with RW - you will actually find this deck even easier to read with! I never have had such an easy time coming up with interesting insights and more in depth perceptions. Excellent Deck - Highly Reccomended!
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I have collected well over 100 tarot and oracular decks over the past 15 years and am an artist myself. I can first-hand appreciate the amount of work that goes into creating a tarot deck. Ms. Black has succeeded in creating one of the most beautiful collage-based tarot decks out in the market today. For fans of medieval tarot decks, the Golden Tarot is a must-have deck.

In days of old before the advent of computers and graphics programs, collage was done by hand with the images being painstakingly cut out with scissors, then glued to a larger piece of paper in order to create a coherent whole. Ms. Black states in her Introduction that as a child she amused herself for many hours creating collages the old-fashioned way, but that the Golden Tarot was created with the use of digital collage with each image consisting of at least 20 layers. However, you would never know by examining this deck that it is a digital production. Even the tiniest element of each image is sharp and clear. Although personally I am not a fan of digitally created decks as the source method is usually quite obvious, I had no clue this deck was digital in origin until I took the time to read the Introduction, which was several weeks after constantly using the deck for my own readings.

As for readings, this deck did not require any "seasoning" on my part prior to its initial use. Normally, for those of you unfamiliar with the process, upon buying a tarot deck, it must first be cleansed of any energies it may have picked up during the production and shipping periods, and also cleared of energies it may have collected while sitting on a shelf in the store.
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I was slow on getting around to this deck from 2003. In this sea of Tarot decks, it is difficult to choose. It seems this is the Golden Age of the Tarot! This deck presents the fascinating world of the late middle ages in painting. I could imagine the work involved gathering these images.

They are wonderful and believable. In other words, they look as if they came from this time period. The glow from the gilded edges is superb and I would recommend these cards for beginners, collectors and art history fans!!!
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