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Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot Deck Cards – 18 Jun 2009


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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Lo Scarabeo (18 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8883958667
  • ISBN-13: 978-8883958663
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 3 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,942,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Huson is a British-born author and artist currently living in the United States. In addition to writing books about occultism and witchcraft, he has worked extensively in the film and television industries.

Huson was born on September 19, 1942 in London, England, the son of the author Edward Richard Carl Huson and painter and motion picture costume designer Olga Lehmann. In 1955 he took a turn at acting and appeared as Edward, Prince of Wales, one of the two Princes in the Tower in Laurence Olivier's film of William Shakespeare's "Richard III". From 1956 through 1959 he attended Leighton Park School, a Quaker school in Berkshire, England; from 1959 through 1963 he studied painting, theatrical design and film at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. Concurrently he studied the Western Esoteric Tradition with Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light. In 1965 he continued his studies with the Stella Matutina and Israel Regardie.

Television and Movies:

From 1965 to 1968 Huson worked as an Art Director for BBC Television and Columbia Pictures UK, before moving to the United States. Between 1969 and 1980 he wrote books and scripts for episodic television, then teamed up with scenarist William Bast to write and produce such television series and movies as "The Colbys", a spin-off from the Aaron Spelling series "Dynasty", "Tucker's Witch", "The Hamptons", "Twist of Fate", "The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake", "Danielle Steel's 'Secrets'", "Power and Beauty", and "The Fury Within".

Books:

In 1970 Huson wrote "Mastering Witchcraft", a practical guide for the would-be witch or warlock, followed by a study of tarot symbolism, "The Devil's Picturebook" (1971). In 1974 he wrote "Mastering Herbalism"; and an introduction to parapsychology, "How to Test and Develop your ESP" in 1975. Two fiction books followed, "The Keepsake" (1981), and "The Offering" (1984). In 2004 Huson wrote a second book on the history of tarot symbolism and tarot reading, "Mystical Origins of the Tarot". He generally illustrates his non-fiction books himself, and has designed a deck of tarot cards based upon his research, "Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot"(2009).

He currently lives in Los Angeles with writer and scenarist William Bast, his partner and frequent collaborator.

References to Paul Huson:

Clifton, Chas, "Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America", Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira, 2006, ISBN 0759102023.

Clifton, C, & Harvey, G, "The Paganism Reader", New York & London, Routledge, 2004, ISBN 041530352.

"Contemporary Authors" (Biography), Thomson Gale, 2004.

Farrar, Stewart, "Eight Sabbats for Witches", WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1988, ISBN 0919345263.

Freedland, Nat, "The Occult Explosion", New York: G.P.Putnams Sons, 1972, ISBN 0399109544.

Gunther, Max, "Wall Street and Witchcraft", New York: B. Geis Associates, 1971.

Luhrmann, T.M., "Persuasions of the Witch's Craft:, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989, ISBN 0-674-66323-3.

Valiente, Doreen, "The Rebirth of Witchcraft", London: Robert Hale, 1989, ISBN 0-7090-3715-5.

"Who's Who in Entertainment", Illinois: Marquis Who's Who, Macmillan, 1988.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Jackson on 3 Jun 2009
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In Paul Huson's DFW Tarot one has the genuine pleasure of encountering a magisterial vision of classic tarot iconology which is fresh, vivid and informed by deep symbolic sensitivity, knowledge and insight into the allegorical and emblematic conventions of the Middle Ages. This superior deck in a sense forms the perfect companion to Huson's ground-breaking work 'Mystical Origins of the Tarot' (Itself an essential resource for the serious student of tarot). The rich imagery is strong, deftly articulated and resplendant with a vibrant polychromaticism. In terms of design this is quite literally a timeless tarot of a classic cast and in this it succeeds brilliantly - a delightful jewel of a deck by one of the leading contemporary authorities and artists in the field of tarot from the early 70s to the present day. This glowing tarot stylishly renews the Mediaeval-Renaissance artistic tradition of hand-painted and illuminated cards. A unique and notable feature of this deck is the way in which Paul Huson has re-introduced the legendary worthies, kings, heroes and queens who are identified with the Court Cards - a welcome restoration indeed. Very highly recommended for the discerning cartomant and tarot enthusiast and without doubt, one of the best decks to have been published in many a long year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louisa on 4 April 2013
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l love this tarot very much, its colourful, the images are great and really speak to me. It will lift your intuition to a new level. The meanings are a little different to the usual Rider Waite but it does not matter as this deck will tell you everything. It comes with its own LWB of meanings to help you on your way. It does mention the french Etteillia method of using the cards and if you want to follow that you can get a book written by Paul Huson who is also the creator of this tarot. For myself l just read the cards and let them speak. The characters are very expressive and the scenes are wonderful in setting the scene.
Though l have smallish hands l find it shuffles well. Would recommend this tarot, its different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robin summers on 31 Aug 2013
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Like the other reviewers pointed out, the designs and colours are fantastic. Actually you can see all the cards on youtube.
I will concentrate on its weaker aspects. The cards are rather thin and insubstantial and fail to exude that lovely aroma that comes from the higher quality decks. Some of the card meanings in the LWB are rather off the wall, for example, 8 of batons " countryside, real estate, sport, pastime, rural matter". What about 5 of batons "gold". On the other hand some interpretations do give an interesting slant.If your readings are based on the Rider Waite deck you may be prone to some cognitive dissonance. The guy who designed the pack, Paul Huson is an interesting character. Check him out on Wiki.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Beaver on 14 Jun 2014
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I've had the deck for a week now, so I'm getting used to it and just gradually taking in the imagery, style and symbols. First impressions matter, but I'm aware opinions do change with time, so we'll see what happens with this one. First off I do think it helps to read Paul Huson's book to understand better why he thought another deck was needed in this style and one that in some ways is very similar to a number of historical decks.

Now if it had been a Tarot de Marseille clone I would've deducted a star on the basis that I don't really believe we need another pastiche deck of pips and trumps, but this differs and I'll explain why:

The trumps are close to and take elements from a number of historical decks. However they are drawn better and the faces have a grey almost "stained-glass window" style. A bit more expressive than the older decks, but not too cartoonish or crudely drawn.

Numbering and naming of cards has returned to the historically correct ones, but I know that isn't of concern to those who primarily use decks to divine from.

I do feel that there are times when he has chucked in a radical change out of shock value to perhaps shake us out of our habitual notions of the cards e.g. The Devil is very different and one card I have problems relating to in this deck. Likewise, the figure in the Star is now (returned to being) a man. I know the reasons for this and the historical precedents from his book, but I'm struggling a bit at the moment. However, I love his Juggler (and the older title), the sand timer in the Hermit's hand and his World card.

Colours are very bold and thematic so that all trumps have a yellow background, coins green, batons light blue, etc. This gives a nice look in spreads and helps to get a feel for things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Davies on 25 Jun 2011
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Excellent service and to cap it all a great deck well researched. The best modern deck on the market in my opinion
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