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Tarot of the Sephiroth Cards – September 1, 2000
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One of the most talked-about and popular avenues of mysticism today is the ancient, yet newly rediscovered, Qabalah or Kabbalah. What are the secrets of this timeless wisdom system and how is it used? Tarot of the Sephiroth delivers access and answers, revealing the Tarot-Qabalah connection through its remarkable illustrations. It reinterprets and redefines traditional tarot images, enabling readers to explore this popular new consciousness.
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In highlighting the connection between Tarot and the Qabala, Staroff made use of the Tree of Life imagery ... its spheres, paths, and associated colors. The color coding on the cards has been placed to make it easy to place the cards together in a way that, in the end, cards form a living Tree of Life.
The format of this deck is traditional: the Major Arcana carry traditional titles and numbering, the suits are titles Wands, Cups, Swords, and DIsks (Pentacles), and the Court Cards are entitled King, Queen, Prince, and Princess.
The art style is two-dimensional, with a very "futuristic" look to it. Some of the cards in the deck reflect an Egyptian theme. The cards themselves are 3" by 4 1/2", on good quality, sturdy card stock. The back of the cards shows a dark background color, with small, light colored "stars" covering it ... remniscent of the night sky. It would not be possible to tell if a card had been drawn in the upright or reversed position.
I found this to be an interesting deck, but one that would require at least a minimal background in the Qabala to be worked with to best effect. For those that wish to work with updated imagery, or who want to study/work with the Qabala, this deck is a good choice.
The artistic style reminds me a bit of Erte, with a little touch of Marvel comics, but with more depth, more background, more sensitivity and more subtle action. The colors are rich and saturated, and employ the use of transparent, filtering forms over fantastic scenarios.
While the compositions for each card seem to illustrate concepts already established by the Golden Dawn (and other Hermetic organizations that fuse Qabalah with Tarot,) the portrayal of said concepts are, in this deck, quite strikingly unique. That unique vision is what really makes the cards in this deck shine. They have a vibrant Modernist quality that is far more "electric" than the kind of imagery you might see in the Rider-Waite Deck (or other decks with a more definitively representational approach.) There is a quality in each card that i can only describe as "kinectic," as each picture seems to "dance" for the viewer.
The deck was explicitly designed less for divination and more for meditation, which is how I prefer to use Tarot. So i have really enjoyed this deck. The cards are also designed in such a way so that they can be joined to form a Giant Qabalistic Tree of Life... sort of like the Adrian Tarot deck.
All in all, this a beautiful and engaging deck that is a marvelous specimen of illustrative art.
As for the associated book, "Guide to the Tarot of the Sephiroth," I am not such a huge fan. I wrote a review on it's own product page, for those who are interested.