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Ancient Egyptian Tarot [Tarot] [Paperback]

Clive Barrett
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20 May 2002

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot returns the Tarot to the land of its ancestors. Based on Ancient Egyptian life and mythology, this stunning deck and handbook also includes a history and use of the tarot, which author Clive Barrett believes orginated in Egypt.

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot unites the traditional Egyptian symbolism and imagery which occur throughout all Tarots with fully researched scenes depicting Ancient Egyptian life and mythology.

This handbook explores the origins of the Tarot and the conventionally accepted view that it originated in Egypt. It examines how ancient Egyptian legends influenced the mythology and religions of subsequent cultures around the world, and shows how traditional Tarot imagery corresponds with the resurrection cycle of Osiris. The main body of the book explains the meanings of each card, and gives instructions on how to lay out and read the cards.

The Major Aracana's central theme is the story of Osiris and his resurrection by the hands of Isis, while the Minor Arcana reflect the culture of the Ancient Egyptians based upon genuine wall paintings and carvings from their tombs and temples.



Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition edition (20 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007133219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133215
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 17.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ancient Egyptian Tarot unites the traditional Egyptian symbolism and imagery which occur throughout all Tarots with fully researched scenes depicting Ancient Egyptian life and mythology.

This handbook explores the origins of the Tarot and the conventionally accepted view that it originated in Egypt. It examines how ancient Egyptian legends influenced the mythology and religions of subsequent cultures around the world, and shows how traditional Tarot imagery corresponds with the resurrection cycle of Osiris. The main body of the book explains the meanings of each card, and gives instructions on how to lay out and read the cards.

The Major Aracana's central theme is the story of Osiris and his resurrection by the hands of Isis, while the Minor Arcana reflect the culture of the Ancient Egyptians based upon genuine wall paintings and carvings from their tombs and temples.

About the Author

Clive Barrett is the author and illustrator of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, a lavishly illustrated guide to the mythology and beliefs of Ancient Egypt.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfull piece of art work! 28 May 2002
Format:Paperback
I too am a professional reader, and I have found this set invaluable. It is based on the traditional 78 card deck and has a second to none artwork that imerses the reader in the Ancient Egyption culture and religion. Most of the major cards feature Gods or Godesses. One of the most beutifull and artisticly inspiring, is that of the star featuring the Godess Isis.
The images are all realavent to the meanings of each card, plus the elemental conections between the suits is clear, flame, water etc are a part of most of the court card images. Each card is boardered by hyeroglyphics, which are actual texts taken from the Egyption "book of the dead."
In summary, the images are true to the style of the time, with clear meaning (if perhaps a little erotic at times), and the images have been thought over by the artist, even down to smallest details having some relation to the meaning of each card. The only negative thing I found was the fact that the backs of the cards have a patern that alows diferentiation between upright and reversed positions, but it is quite subtle all the same.
The book that comes with the set is insightfull, good for beginers and seasoned tarot readers alike. It portrays a black and white image of each card plus description and meaning, with a little mythology thrown in for good measure. An excelent deck and set all round. I would highly recomend it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Tarot 22 May 2003
Format:Paperback
As a full bloodied ROMANI and brought up in the Gypsy world of occult and mystical teachings I have used a number of packs during my lifetime (Now 82) I think that this is one of the easiest and most colourful of packs that I have come across. Anyone with knowledge of the Ancient Egyptian religion will find this a very nice pack to handle and read also the handbook is very informative and helpful to a beginner. So all you prospective tarot readers, I suggest that you try this pack learn it well and go out here and get your palm crossed with silver. Thank you Mr.Barrett for a brilliant piece of work. Kushti Bok. Te jel sa Duvvel. (Romani)= good luck and may God go with you. Victa Corvo.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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If you fancy a little something different, but with good Tarot imagery like the fabulous Rider-Waiter, this is worth a try. It is colourful with clear and detailed drawings which offer much in the way of complex Tarot imagery. It doesn't cop out by simply offering four wands, for example, as some decks do; it offers some very nicely presented depictions of life events with plenty of background detail to help recall the cards' meanings. In that sense, it suprasses many of today's Tarot decks which, sadly, have no character and very little relation to the card's meaning. If you are a beginner, you will need a dweck that aids recall so this is a pretty nice one to advance to after starting on the absolute best of decks - The Rider-Waite.
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I bought this deck to use, as I am a professional tarot reader and am also very much an ancient Egypt-ophile.
As others have stated, the art work is second to none, and are very easy to get a "reading" from.
The deck is not that different from other, more traditional (I would hazard to say, conservative or old fashioned decks) to use.
It is a joy to use and just might be an easier way for beginners to get to do "readings", instead of using the other decks such as the Rider-Waite deck that doesn't give names on the Minor Arcana cards.
A much needed boost to the tarot reader's tool kit, and a way for the general public to see this as something that they too can do.
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