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Golden Botticelli Tarot Cards – Sep 2007


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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds B edition (Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana on 6 April 2014
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This is a magnificent deck.
It's a special edition, so it has golden details in all the cards, which are gorgeous. A feast for the senses. Truly beautiful.
Just like any Lo Scarabeo deck, the card measures are uniform (12 cm high and 6,6 cm wide) and they have the name written in six languages (english, italian, french, spanish, german and dutch). The little white book is written in 5 languages. Maybe they forgot the sixth.
The cards are the reproduction of the images in Botticelli paintings (or so they seem). Atanas Atanassov did a great job.They are the right thickness, glossy and easy to shuffle. The images are very realistic and look like miniature paintings. Very well drawn. Great quality cards. The publisher managed to do this quite well, since the cards have no gold coming out of them (like a hay house deck i used to own) and they are well laminated.
Mythical creatures, gods, goddesses, angels, kings and queens, as well as the common man populate this deck. The figures, scenes and expressions are well chosen to convey the meaning of each card, although there are a few surprises (somes cards are different than expected). Pleasant ones, i might add. The imagery is all period time, with rich vivid colors.
I love this deck, but it's not for a beginner, since there are a few puzzling images that do not match the traditional pictures for certain cards. Regardless of how well chosen they are, these images will probably confuse a person with little or no knowledge of the tarot. The beginner can get a good book and overcome this obstacle after a while and a lot of meditation on the image and the matter in question.
The Lo Scarabeo little white book is bad as always (no surprise there). Two or three key words for each card (strange meanings), only one spread (Star of Soloman) and a somewhat vague explanation on how to interpret the cards.
However, i did not order this deck thinking about the little white book, so i will not concern myself with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Peters on 21 April 2008
Bought one deck for myself and gave two of them away to more experienced tarot readers. Beautiful gold leaf details. Card meaning are similar to traditional decks like the Rider-Waite, but you have to be familiar with that deck to recognize it. A pleasure for the eye.
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By Bernadette Moulds on 7 Aug 2014
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Love these cards .. Its a lovely deck so happy got them
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By AVD on 4 Sep 2014
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An absolutely beautyfull deck,,, well worth the money
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous deck, unusual LWB interpretations 27 Mar 2009
By Wildervine - Published on Amazon.com
The cards in this sumptuous deck are gorgeous, some of them with a hauntingly beautiful dreamlike element. It is most certainly a must have deck for anyone who collects decks or for someone who just wants a splendid deck to read with. A couple of things to keep in mind though, if you are considering this deck: the Botticelli LWB (little white book) may be particularly problematic for a novice reader. Interpretations for several of the cards are very non-traditional. A novice who is trying to learn the Tarot but still wants this deck might want to skip the LWB for now, learn the basic meanings first, and then see how to make these cards work for you. For others with a good grounding in basic Tarot interpretation, working with these cards intuitively can be a joy, as most of the images will certainly prompt many insights. The 2nd issue is that while virtually all of these cards are magnificent to look at, there are a few cards that are almost void of all traditional symbolism. This was most noticable in some of the pip (minor arcana) cards. Still, these 'problems' (if you can even call them that) are not insurmountable and for sheer visual pleasure it would be hard to beat this deck. Highly recommended.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful! 26 Jan 2008
By J. Marek - Published on Amazon.com
Love this deck! It's my first Lo Scarabeo deck and I'm impressed. The quality of the card stock is nice and I would like to note that the Amazon picture shows the outside border of the cards in a cream color...they are actually done in black-much better in my opinion! The black gives the art a real rich quality and the gold pops out. Not only does this deck look nice it reads very accurately too! If you are a fan of Botticelli this deck is a must!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful set of cards 20 Jan 2008
By G.T. Vinter - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a Tarot collector, you'll want to have the Botticelli Tarot. Particularly if you are inclined to appreciate the artistic element of tarot cards. These cards are beautiful.
Esthetically, the only criticism that I have to make is that there is some unevenness in the presentation because some swords have gilded lines that make them pop up while others do not. The same happens with the suit of cups, but it is more noticeable with the swords. Other than that, this set of tarot cards is gorgeous.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Truly Beautiful Tarot Deck 25 Feb 2008
By Charles Divine - Published on Amazon.com
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This would have to be one of the most beautiful Tarot Decks of all time!!! Not only that, but it reads incredibly well, even the LWB that comes with it is very intuitive. I am enjoying using Rachel Pollack's " 78 Degrees of Wisdom " with it for my own readings and the combination of the two make it easy to "lose oneself" in a reading. If artwork of the masters sooths your soul, you will love this deck. If you just love beautiful things you will love this deck, and if you are a Tarot Enthusiast, you will enjoy many pleasurable hours simply looking at, or reading with this deck.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A joy to read from! 30 Mar 2012
By Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted a beautiful deck. I wanted a very old looking deck. I wanted a deck that would appeal to devout Christians who wonder if they are sinning when they get a tarot reading. I was thrilled with the purchase of this deck as it has met and exceeded all of those criteria! If you like art from the Renaissance era than you will also fall in love with this deck.
The art work for the Golden Botticelli Tarot is by Pietro Alligo and is based on the work of the Florentine painter known as Botticelli (1445-1510). The colors in the cards both front and back are rich and vibrant. The gold leaf stands out beautifully however scanned images do not give these cards justice. Readings with the Golden Botticelli gives one a feeling of richness and timelessness.

These cards look expensive and feel expensive. The Golden Botticelli has all the usual features of a Lo Scarabeo published deck. The cards are 4.7 x 2.8 and easily fit your hands and are made from the same card stock.

The deck itself is for the most part a Rider-Waite-Smith style deck with 78 cards consisting of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The Court cards consist of Knaves, Knights, Queens and Kings and the pip cards are fully illustrated. I'm not that familiar with early renaissance art but having looked on Wikipedia I can say that in this deck you will find renditions of masterpieces such as Primavera, the Birth of Venus and Venus and Mars.

Clients who routinely pick up my cards show much more reverence when touching this deck.

Cards with religious overtones are not unusual to find in most tarot decks, with the Hierophant being a prime example. The Golden Botticelli has many such cards some expected and others not as much. The Ace of Cups and the 4 of wands are very much Madonna and Jesus. The 9 of Cups looks much like a last supper and a monk is saying prayers over the 8 of cups. The Death card is especially poignant depicting a nun mourning a dead young man lying across her lap. Not all of the cards are so serious, for example the Fool in the Major Arcana is contorted over in such a way he looks as if he is afraid the sky is going to fall on his head!

While reading about Botticelli on Wikipedia I was struck by the fact that he was never married and was said to have an aversion to marriage. This might be why the 3 of Swords depicts a woman walking while literally dragging an almost naked man by the hair of his head behind her; the man is praying. The 5 of Swords shows a woman walking with a sword in her hand, behind her walks another woman carrying a basket on her head, there is a man's head in the basket!!

This is a lovely tarot deck and reading with it is a joy. I would recommend this deck to new readers and experienced readers alike.
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