- Paperback: 78 pages
- Publisher: Bluestar Communications (March 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188539408X
- ISBN-13: 978-1885394088
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rohrig Tarot Paperback – March 1, 1995
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I started out with this deck not knowing very much about tarot. Over the years I have become a tarot afficionado and what is brilliant about this deck is that the art conveys the meaning of the cards beautifully. Stunning art with a contemporary twist, the major arcana cards meanings are not as readily apparent for a beginner so make sure to hang on to the little white book (LWB) that comes with the deck. Even if you purchase the book specific to this deck, the major arcana isn't explained easily for a beginner unless the beginner is well versed in astrology, runes, and other esoteric studies.
I have heard others stating that the deck is too large, but I haven't had much of a problem with this. Once you developed the knack of shuffling, it becomes relatively easy to do. Tarot decks that are meant to be used for readings seldom stay in pristine conditions. Instead of trying to shuffle length wise, shuffling width wise is very workable.
For those who are not comfortable with nudity, specifically that of the female breast, this is not the deck for you. The blatant sexuality apparent on the cards may shock some, so for the faint of heart or those underage, look elsewhere. However, if the nude form doesn't bother you and you understand the sybolism it conveys, this deck couldn't be more gorgeous and accurate and perfect for your use.
Hopefully they will be republished. I personally believe they are well worth the $25 price tag that was affixed to them and would be willing to pay up to $50. BUT I would not support the opportunistic profiteers asking more than TEN TIMES the original commercial price tag.
I've noticed that many people seem upset about the nudity. I believe the author and the artist were trying to bring a modern spin on our desires and obsessions into the cards.
Visually, this is the most stunning deck I have ever seen. I am more of a Tarot Card collector than a Tarot Card reader, so I cannot really say how accurate the readings are with this deck. What I can say is WOW! What art! Everyone I have shown it to was also stunned by how great the artwork is. If the deck were close to a size that an average human can actually shuffle, I would say it is my favorite deck. Maybe someone could prevail upon the producers of this deck to come out with it in a pocket size version, as US Games has done for the Rider-Waite and the Crowley-Thoth decks -- or at least something closer to the standard-sized Tarot deck. This deck is not for the traditionalist or the feminist (or prude) who is upset by nude human anatomy -- in other words, if you don't like adult images or if you are afraid of a modern reinterpretation of Tarot's ancient symbolism, stay away from this deck. On the other hand, if you want a deck with images containing all the power of the Crowley deck but little of the darkness of that deck, this one is for you.
As others have stated here, there is lot to see and interprete on each card.