- Cards: 78 pages
- Publisher: United States Games Systems; Tcr Crds/B edition (May 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572816597
- ISBN-13: 978-1572816596
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.3 x 4.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These cards really speak to me. I spend more time with them and I am learning more. The art work is beautiful. I love the interacial theme being mixed race myself.
I have them in a little puch and I cary them everwhere. Last night I sat and talked with my church Pastor about them. He is a contemplative christian. I was raised traditional baptist and totally thought he would say that my cards are evil or something. But this is what he said. . . he told me that tarot cards are a good practice for me because they are helping me to look within myself for the divine wisdom and that part of the true spiritual journey is to seek answers from within and not always from without.
He also said that practicing Tarot is like eating a good vegetable. It shouldn't make up your entire diet for every meal because you need other nutrients, but you should definitely include it because it is an essential nutrient itself (if it is your cup of tea).
In short, I am satisfied :-)
I bought this deck just based on the few pictures I was able to find in the Internet and suffice to say that I'm glad that I did. It is not often that you can get your hands in a new reinterpretation of the classic Thoth Tarot.
The back of these cards are bordered white, with a black background and a mandala-like white and grey flower in the center making these card reversible. The face of these cards are also bordered white, with the imagery occupying most of the card.
The imagery in these cards often incorporates faceless human figures in lively surrealistic scenes. Some of the symbols found in the Thoth Tarot can also be found in these cards such as the Hebrew Alphabet and planetary associations on the Major Arcana, and elemental symbols on the Minor Arcana. Suffice to say that these images are a departure from the ones found in the Thoth Tarot.
The Major Arcana are numbered with roman numerals at the top, starting on 0 with the fool, and labeled on lower case lettering at the bottom. As in the Thoth's tradition, The World has been renamed The Universe, but a few retain their names found in the RWS tradition such as Justice and Strength although these are numbered VIII and XI respectively. Some Major Arcana are double labeled. This is a list of the cards that depart from Thoth Tarot:
I The Magus - the magician
II The Priestess - the high priestess
VIII Adjustment - justice
X Fortune - wheel of fortune
XI Lust - strength
XIII Death - death-rebirth
XIV Art - art-temperance
XX The Aeon - aeon-judgment
Notice that temperance and judgment are the label for Major Arcana 15 and 20 in the Rider-White-Smith (RWS) deck.
Some of the symbols that you find in the Thoth Tarot can be found in the Sun and Moon Tarot, but the esoteric imagery in the former is replaced with a more mundane imagery in the later. For example: the fool is shown as a guy with a backpack at the edge of a cliff, a tiger behind him and an alligator before him, and he is still swirl by a butterfly. the magician has a drum hanging from his neck. He points to the sky where a mystical circle formed by a snake is shows. All twelve zodiac signs surrounds an inner circle bordering a six point star. Within the circle, a sword crosses a staff, which are covered by a pentacle which is covered by a chalice. The symbol of infinity is shown above and the symbol of yin-yang below.
There are a few Major Arcana that radically depart from the imagery found on the Thoth Tarot favoring. Such as: strength shows a girl sitting on top of a wolf. The wolf howls to the huge moon in background. A butterfly floats above the wolf heads. death-rebirth shows a phoenix carrying up a woman as it rises from the flames.
However, I found that some of the cards favor the imagery found in the RWS Tarot instead of the Thoth Tarot. Such as: art-temperance shows a winged figure pouring water from a white chalice to a black one. A yellow sky at his left and a blue sky at his right divided by a whirl starting from a yin-yang symbol floating above his head. the aeon-judgment shows a winged figure floating above, sounding a trumpet as three people stand in the water.
The Minor Arcana are composed of the four standard suits of pentacles, wands, cups and swords corresponding to the elements of earth, fire, water and air. Each suit is illustrated with distinctive scenes: golden skies with pentacles, indigo starry skies with often fiery wands, deep blue moon lit skies over water with cups and light blue cloudy skies with swords.
Each one of the pips are labeled in lower case lettering with a key word at the top, and number and suit at the bottom. The Court Cards are labeled mostly according with the Thoth's tradition: princess, prince, and queen. However, the knights are labeled kings instead, although all the kings are riding horses.
This deck includes a little white book (LWB) divided as follows:
Introduction to Tarot and the Sephirot
The Major Arcana
The Minor Arcana
Reading the Cards
About the Author
The introduction starts with short explanation about Tarot, the Major Arcana, and the Minor Arcana suit association to the elements. It continues with the interpretation of the Major Arcana as the fool's journey. It briefly mentions the association of the Major Arcana with "the 22 path of the Sephirot, the tree of life in Judaic Mysticism." and concludes with the association of tarot with numerology.
The Major Arcana and Minor Arcana sections provide description of each card explaining the symbols found in the imagery and a few key words. In addition, the Major Arcana section includes the astrological association for each card and hebrew character. Reading the Cards section provides some ideas on how to use the cards, but doesn't offer any layouts.
This deck really deserves a full size book treatment, but the LWB will suffice for now.
If you are open to a refreshingly new take on the Thoth's Tarot, or you are a tarot enthusiastic, this may be one deck you should consider adding to your collection.
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