- Publisher: Lo Scarabeo; Lo Scarabeo Dec edition (December 8, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738702846
- ISBN-13: 978-0738702841
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.2 x 4.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ramses Tarot Cards – December 8, 2002
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Lo Scarabeo's Tarot decks have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. With the best Italian and international artists, each Lo Scarabeo deck is an exceptional artistic value.
Commited to developing innovative new decks while preserving the rich tradition of Tarot, Lo Scarabeo continues to be a favorite among collectors and readers.
Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.
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On first glance these cards are quite lovely. As I went through the deck card by card, I realized that this deck is just not what it should be.
These cards are created by Llewellyn Publishing (La Scarabeo). As soon as I saw that half-moon logo on the side of the box, my heart sank. Llewellyn is notorious for producing tarot decks on less-than adequate card stock. This deck is no exception. The card stock is flimsy and unacceptable. Good average use of this deck by reading with on a daily basis would most likely render them all but useless in six months.
The illustrations, while some of them are lovely do not follow traditional tarot meanings in any way. There are cards that are illustrated completely opposite as to what the standard meanings infer. How the artist came up with these interpretations is a mystery and the included guide does very little to give insight as to why this deck's symbolism is the way it is.
Also, because I have studied the Egyptian religion for many years, and have two egyptologists in my immediate family, it is quite clear that these cards have little connection to the Egyptian religion either. This is Llewellyn cashing in on collectors of all things Egyptian. The people illustrated in the cards are ethnically incorrect. They don't look like Egyptians, with the exception of the Queen of Swords card, who looks like Queen Tiye, the mother of Amunhotep IV (Akhenaten) and grandmother of Tutankhamun.
The inclusion of Moses for the Judgement card really is rather absurd if not downright disingenuous. First of all, Rameses II would be the wrong Pharaoh to have ruled during the so-called Exodus. Secondly, because there is no archaeological evidence that substantiates this event having happened outside of biblical or scriptural acountts, the inclusion of Moses is wrong for the type of deck this is.
Everything else on the 78 card deck looks like something that came out of a 1950's National Geographic artist's rendering or a storyboard used in pre-production Cecil B. Demille's "The Ten Commandments". Of course, back ion the 50's the female frontal nudity would not have been tolerated in either the film or in National Geographic. With these, not-so-subtle touches, this deck ends up looking very gauche on multiple levels. My overall rating of this deck is 2.5 stars, so with Amazon, it gets 3 stars. This is an extremely harsh rating coming from someone like me, who loves ancient Egypt with all of my heart. However, it is not a rating that I make lightly.
If you want a very good Egyptian tarot deck that stays true to its roots and has far superior artwork on every card, then I would strongly recommend searching for a copy of Clive Barrett's "Ancient Egyptian Tarot" and bypassing the Ramses deck altoghether. Barret's deck has sadly gone out of print, however, some do make their way to Amazon's marketplace. You will udoubtedly pay a premium for it, most people who do have it never let them go. In spite of this, Clive Barret's Ancient Egyptian Tarot is a much better deck, it has a far more detailed booklet and it follows the traditional tarot format making it far easier and reliable to read with.
The only card I don't really like for this deck is "Judgement" since it's "Moses"... to include a Bible mithology that is not historically accurate in a deck that pretty much IS historically accurate was wrong, but oh well... it's just one card.
I love this deck!