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This review is from: Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot (Cards)
I am really quite pleased with this deck. Originally created in black and white (Gloria Beresford, 1936)to accompany C.C. Zain's "The Sacred Tarot", this full color version was redesigned by Vicki Brewer in 2009. It is based on the traditional 78 card Tarot, using an Egyptian theme, renaming many of the Major Arcana, but keeping the suits as Sceptors (Wands), Cups, Swords and Coins (Pentacles). The Court cards are King, Queen, Youth and Horsemen. The Horsemen do not represent people, but thoughts or unseen intelligence. The Minor Arcana pips are shown as Marseilles style (without imagery, except for the suit icons).
The ideological foundation of this deck is a merging of Tarot, astrology and alchemy. The LWB is text only, providing short descriptions and interpretations of each of the cards. There is also a short history of the Tarot included, along with a brief history of hte deck. Two spreads are presented - a five card Yes/No spread, and a seven card Magic Seven spread. Two extra cards are included - one listing the Brotherhood of Light Lessons, and one on the Mantram of the Will, or the Synthesis of Magic.
The design for the card backs was derived from the tradition of the "carpet page" seen in illustrated manuscripts such as the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels. It centers around the emblem for the Brotherhood of Light, and is reversable.
Color is used to help the unconscious mind focus on gaining the inner meaning from each card. It is expressed in the cartouche border, with the first nine Minor Arcana corresponding to the first nine Major Arcana.
I love this deck - the coloring and minimalist imagery brings me a sense of peace. I would advise, however, that it be used with the companion book (which I need to purchase!). This is not a beginners deck, but could be used with a minimal knowledge of the Tarot. It would be of interest as a theme deck (Egyptian), for the artwork (Egyptian minimalist), as a collector's deck, or as a reading deck for someone with a basic knowledge of the Tarot.