- Cards: 78 pages
- Publisher: U.S. Games; Gmc Crds/B edition (21 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157281473X
- ISBN-13: 978-1572814738
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.5 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Celestial Tarot Deck Cards – 21 Mar 2005
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Celestial Tarot interweaves mythic images, symbolism and astronomy of the planets, astrological sings, constellations, and stars with astrological divinations. The mysteries of the tarot are uniquely revealed in the 78 cards. Celestial Tarot is both a handbook of the heavens and an oracular guide to the inner life.
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the images are lovely watercolours but some readers will find hard to interpret if used to traditional waite images.more of a deck for people who incorporate astrology into their readings as a lot of the images are based on constellations.
"Celestial Tarot fuses the myths, symbols and astronomy of the planets, signs, constellations, and fixed stars with astrological divination to reveal the mysteries of Tarot in an engaging and unique way".
If you are a Rider-Waite follower and are interested in developing your understanding through the Tarots connection to astrology, then this deck is for you. Of course if you have a deep love for the stars and constellation then this deck is a great choice!
Each card has its traditional name accompanied by its astrological title on the top. For example, 'The Chariot' is associated with the sign of Cancer the crab, and shows a crab, the zodiac symbol of the crab, the chariot and his horse, the water symbol (because Cancer is a water sign) and various other symbols include the associated Hebrew letter. 'The Chariot' also features the Greek Goddess Hera, the Hero's (the Charioteer's) greatest adversary in Greek mythology and the LWB explains why. Some minor arcana cards are related to star constellations which fit in nicely with the traditional Rider-Waite meaning and symbolism.
The artwork is softly drawn with a night sky colour theme and feels friendly and soothing to look at. This deck has much lot to offer is you are looking to expand your knowledge of the Tarot further and will lead you on an exciting journey into astrology, the Tree of Life and our wondrous night sky!
If you are a complete beginner and want to learn traditional Tarot, it might be better to become familiar with the Rider-Waite deck first. Other than that this deck has a lot to offer the Tarot student and professional reader.
The cards are a good size and well laminated, and are accompanied by a LWB which explains the symbolism and meaning of each card.
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The imagery used in this deck is radically different. Every card, and I mean EVERY card, here, is tied to a planet or constellation (and one star). Steventon is both an artist and astrologer, which explains this. In the majors, the cards associated with the signs of the zodiac (starting with the Emperor-Aries) often depict the actual zodiacal sign, and if there's a reference to the traditional image, it's a small sillhouette in the background. Nevertheless, Steventon and Clark work extremely hard to tie the symbolism of the constellation or star used to the symbolism of the card.
Some of the constellations depicted in the minor arcana amused me, as "Crater" (which is a Greek drinking chalice) is used for the Ace of Wands, but the author and artist team do tie it in, with a history of the constellation. The suit symbols are very simple monochrome figures at the base of the card, while the major illustration is a lavish, with bead-gemstone-gold thread embellishments as are the major arcana.
I'm rating this deck at 5 stars for the artwork, but subtracting 2 for two reasons: the "seasons" associated with the four suits are not always the traditional seasons (cups are autumn, pentacles are spring, swords are winter), and I believe there were some twister-like gyrations used in order to fit the constellations used on some cards to fit the "traditional" meanings.
The 2006 printing of the book adds a wonderful wealth of detail. The compact book of almost 300 pages, based on three courses designed by Brian Clark. I had ordered the information in workbook formats prior to 2006 and found to my delight, the 2006 book and deck set has much of the same information.
I also like that the reprinting of the deck in Italy since 2006 has given the deck a richer look. Still deep colors, but more plum-blue tones to me.
It does take time to see the small details--such as the wispy and delicate 'mini-picture' motifs in the majors that echo a standard Rider-Waite Smith depiction of the major arcana. And the minors may be too creative a leap for some, especially if they are not interested in Golden Dawn derived astrology.
I've a few versions of this deck since it first came out and find it is rich and is well-worth the time...hope you enjoy this rich and 'stellar' deck!
I would not recommend it to someone looking for a traditional tarot deck to do typical/predictive readings. BUT, if you are looking to address the subconscious, the root cause, the foundation -- this deck is a good tool. The cards are a good size to handle easily but the pictures are so full that I almost wish they were bigger.
Celestial tarot is very interesting to study and your knowledge will expand more than you know.
Perhaps because, each card represents a sign, I find this pack of cards very useful for reading about personality.