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Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot [With Booklet] [Cards]

Vicki Brewer
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  • Publisher: U.S. Games; Tcr Crds edition (10 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572816562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572816565
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This pack of cards was originally published with white boards and Black graphics on the boards. I believe this version is better though I have both sets. The booklet is okay but the real gem is the book that I have just reviewed about this Tarot - which goes into a lot more detail and if you are dedicated enough you will be still studying it forty-five years later as I am doing. The booklet only gives you a brief glimpse or nuance of what could be, rather than what will be. Both book and Tarot set are necessary to fully understand what is being taught - which is not always straight-forward, as the book is obtuse, and hides metaphor behind metaphor possibly to ten levels of security, to the point of being security-conscious to the nth degree. The coloured boards do lend some degree of indirect hints by what is meant by the stance, meaning of the card, the sexual aspects and anything else seen within the card. From this you will understand that this Tarot is really for the dedicated follower of the book by the same name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Tarot 31 May 2010
By Bonnie Cehovet - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but Intriguing 19 Sep 2010
By Theresa Reed - Published on Amazon.com
I'll admit to being one of those people who likes to stick with what I consider to be tried and true. For example, if I need a pair of shoes, I will usually hit Birkenstocks and purchase the same clogs that I have worn for years. I know what fits and what works for me - and I have the philosophy that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I'm the same with Tarot. I prefer using the Rider Waite. I'll deviate from time to time but inevitably, I will always go right back to RWS.

While I like the consistently good readings the RWS delivers, I have to admit that on occasion, I get into a safe comfort zone. It's not necessarily a bad thing but my Gemini brain demands a mental challenge. I recently gave myself a very good tarot workout when I got my hands on a new deck by US Games, the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot.

To say that this deck is out of my comfort zone is no small exaggeration. Nothing about this deck is the standard or ordinary for me! There are no familiar figures, symbols or words to guide my intuition. I had to really THINK when I worked with this deck.

The Brotherhood of the Light Egyptian Tarot is based on the book "The Sacred Tarot" by CC Zain. (You may want to purchase that book to go with this deck for the full scope of information contained within these cards.) This deck was originally designed by Gloria Beresford in 1936 - and were black and white. Vicki Brewer redesigned the cards and made them full color in 2009.

There are 78 cards like a standard tarot deck with 22 Majors, 40 Minors (Pip cards, not illustrated) and 16 Court Cards. But this deck has a few stark differences: instead of Wands, the suit is Scepters; some of the Majors have different names such as Veiled Isis for the High Priestess; the Fool is numbered 22 instead of Zero (he's also called The Materialist); and Pages and Knights are renamed Youths and Horsemen. This takes some getting used to and I found myself relying on the little white book often to find my way.

The deck is smaller than a regular tarot deck and fit nicely in my hands. Once again, US Games never sacrifices quality - this is a well made deck and shuffles very smoothly. The back has a reversible image that was inspired by the tradition of the "carpet page", pages of geometric designs that are part of a of insular illuminated manuscripts.

Each card is rich in color and symbolism. Kabbala, Astrology and Numerology symbols are on every card - but even with all the imagery, the cards remain stark and uncluttered, leaving the reader plenty of room to form their own interpretations. I found myself poring carefully and methodically over the cards with each reading. Between reading the interpretations provided by the little white book and adding my own insights, I ended up spending more time with each reading than usual. I was unable to just drop an interpretation as I normally do - I had to really work! While this may sound frustrating (and it times I'll admit it was), it was also a good challenge and I feel that ultimately this made me slow down and really study those cards - I could not rely on rote meanings nor could I just allow my instincts to take over. For a long time reader like myself, this was the kick in the pants I needed!

Here's an example: I asked the cards "what can I learn from this deck"? I pulled the Queen of Cups, 5 of Cups and King of Scepters (water, water, fire). The Queen sits serenely and regal on a throned with a moon base. Two eagles reside below her and Eyes of Horus (a symbol of protection) surround her. On the other hand, the image of the King shows a man driving a chariot with a fierce focus. He seems to be in full control, leading the horses with a forceful blow. The little white book interprets these three cards as: a person ruled by the sign of Scorpio, reserved and thoughtful; good fortune in love, responsibility; a person ruled by Aries, fiery, headstrong, ambitious. The abundance of water makes the King card weakened - this combination suggests that this deck will put a damper on my normally rapid fire method of reading. It will force me to be more reserved in my interpretations. In other words, it will bring RESTRAINT.

This deck will be especially appealing to fans of Egyptian art or magick as well as those who want a unique tarot deck to add to their collection. I would suggest this deck for advanced readers. Beginners may find it too difficult to work with. And to be honest, this is not a deck I would use regularly. This is the kind I would drag out when I feel stale and need a new perspective.

I give this deck One Sword Up, One Sword down because it will not appeal to everyone.
Blessings!
Theresa
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Tarot Deck 28 Dec 2010
By luckyspirit - Published on Amazon.com
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I am enchanted by this deck. This is the second Egyptian deck I have and I find them very pleasant to use for readings.

I have been fascinated by C.C. Zain and the Brotherhood of Light teachings. I would have bought this deck sooner if I'd known how attractive it is. The colors and artwork are exquisite. Gentle, refined pastels compliment the detailed figures and scenery.

The Minor Arcana will require some memorization if one relies primarily on the Rider-Waite style symbolism in perceiving meaning. But I find it quite easy and worth it if a deep understanding of tarot is desired.

I would highly recommend the book by Zain, as well. Much of it is available on-line, too, although I appreciate the physical "body" of a book as well as the holding and ritual of book-reading much more than sitting with a computer or other technological gadget.

The Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot has become one of my favorites! I have a modest collection of around 45 decks, in many styles and disciplines. I love the size, the appearance, and am considering buying another to remain unused as a collector item only!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice deck 1 Dec 2011
By Aracelis Clemente - Published on Amazon.com
I recently got this deck because I was attracted to the images and I wanted an egyptian tarot deck. Once I received it, I was not disappointed because the images have this positive, good feel to them that is very nice. My only complain is that that the deck is based on a different reading system than RWS (for example: the fool is the 1 card instead of zero). This is not a bad or a good thing. It is just confusing to move from one system to another and I rather not. I also got the book that accompanies the deck and while I will read the book because it is good to know what other minds are out there I dont forsee using this deck.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 15 May 2011
By Leslie A. Yetter - Published on Amazon.com
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While I have always loved the black and white version of this deck, this new colourized version is awesome! It is exciting to use and is really nice. Worthy of adding to your collection, for sure. Purchase with confidence - you won't be disappointed!
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