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Ls the Tarot of Durer with Book(s) Cards – Dec 2002


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
a serious, surprisingly rich, & above all else usable deck 6 Jun 2003
By "punchinella" - Published on Amazon.com
One point to start off with: this is not a tarot of Durer, it's a tarot of Giacinto Gaudenzi. Calling it a tarot of Durer to attract attention is, however, in this case a gimmick I can live with . . . since in all other respects it's an absolutely lovely package! Forget Durer while reading these cards, & just let them be what they are, & say what they want to say . . . & you will not be disappointed! The symbolism, particularly in the minor arcana, is unusually rich due to insertion of animal--would it be allegory?--gracing each suit . . . The story of the animal runs parallel, at times one might even say perpendicular, to the human story, occasionally undermining it altogether (which makes the exceptionally brief, standard interpretations in the accompanying booklet utterly useless . . . go ahead & throw the booklet out, let the cards speak for themselves . . . ) While the animals in this deck (foxes accompanying swords, lions staves, doves cups, & some sort of black birds--crows/ravens??--coins) feel delicate--spiritual--aetherial!--the humans, on the other hand, are about as earthy as it's possible for any single group of humans to get. This is of course in keeping with the Durer theme--&, in & of itself, something of an intriguing reversal to humanity's general take on its own superior, rational & therefore potentially spiritual nature . . . Hmmn. Two humans in particular stand out as--well--BEYOND earthy: the Queen of Cups, & the male Lover. I suppose there is some logic in this, but really--does the Queen of Cups' tongue HAVE to loll out of the side of her mouth in that disturbing way . . . & does the male lover have to be QUITE so hideous (a satyr) . . . ?? Well--to put things in perspective, these are two very minor personal objections. Don't let them prevent you from purchasing an otherwise wonderful deck!
So many decks go directly into a drawer for storage as soon as I open & examine them . . . but not this one. This is, for me at least, a serious, surprisingly rich, & above all else usable deck . . . the deck which, ever since aquiring it (granted, this hasn't been long) my hand gravitates intuitively toward, whenever I develop a--you know--a truly SIGNIFICANT question.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a serious, surprisingly rich, & above all else usable deck 6 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One point to start off with: this is not a tarot of Durer, it's a tarot of Giacinto Gaudenzi. Calling it a tarot of Durer to attract attention is, however, in this case a gimmick I can live with . . . since in all other respects it's an absolutely lovely package! Forget Durer while reading these cards, & just let them be what they are, & say what they want to say . . . & you will not be disappointed! The symbolism, particularly in the minor arcana, is unusually rich due to insertion of animal--would it be allegory?--gracing each suit . . . The story of the animal runs parallel, at times one might even say perpendicular, to the human story, occasionally undermining it altogether (which makes the exceptionally brief, standard interpretations in the accompanying booklet utterly useless . . . go ahead & throw the booklet out, let the cards speak for themselves . . . ) While the animals in this deck (foxes accompanying swords, lions staves, doves cups, & some sort of black birds--crows/ravens??--coins) feel delicate--spiritual--aetherial!--the humans, on the other hand, are about as earthy as it's possible for any single group of humans to get. This is of course in keeping with the Durer theme--&, in & of itself, something of an intriguing reversal to humanity's general take on its own superior, rational & therefore potentially spiritual nature . . . Hmmn. Two humans in particular stand out as--well--BEYOND earthy: the Queen of Coins, & the male Lover. I suppose there is some logic in this, but really--does the Queen of Coins' tongue HAVE to loll out of the side of her mouth in that disturbing way . . . & does the male lover have to be QUITE so hideous (a satyr) . . . ?? Well--to put things in perspective, these are two very minor personal objections. Don't let them prevent you from purchasing an otherwise wonderful deck!
So many decks go directly into a drawer for storage as soon as I open & examine them . . . but not this one. This is, for me at least, a serious, surprisingly rich, & above all else usable deck . . . the deck which, ever since aquiring it (granted, this hasn't been long) my hand gravitates intuitively toward, whenever I develop a--you know--a truly SIGNIFICANT question.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful art, familiar cards 28 Aug 2003
By exstellis - Published on Amazon.com
This deck will not be difficult for anyone familiar with the Rider-Waite deck to learn and use. The art is far more creative; the deck is beautiful. Pentacles is coins in this deck; cups are chalices. A couple of the cards in the Major Arcana are in slightly different positions; everything else is essentially the same.
Because of the familiarity of the cards, this would make a wonderful gift for someone who uses tarot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not Taking Onself TooSeriously, Yet Doing the Work 21 Oct 2012
By Amanda Hilbrecht - Published on Amazon.com
Some of the images are quite bawdy, in a way I find endearing and hilarious, kind of like grandma at a burlesque show, not meant to be taken too seriously, so they are not for everyone. A mischievous Fool card shows us exactly what he thinks of a world that sometimes takes itself too seriously, and the Queen of Pentacles sticks her tongue out at us as a reminder that lewd is in the eye of the beholder, and while sometimes we want to reach for ecstatic new heights, sometimes we just need to get it on. This deck has a bit of a sarcastic, dry sense of humor that does not take itself too seriously while still reaching for good readings.

The art style is saturated water colors, and the deck itself very much reminds me of the Alchemical Tarot by Robert Place, currently about to be printed in a Third Edition. There are lots of symbols to use and read, and lots of freedom within the structure of the deck to read the way you choose to. There are 78 cards, with the 22 Major Arcana labeled normally, Strength at 11, Justice at 8, with Latin phrases inscribed on each of the Majors. The structure is loosely based on the Waite Smith deck, but there are some cards that go a whole new direction, and that is absolutely all right with me. When I first began using the deck, I was bothered by the titles going vertical on the left side of the card, in multiple languages, but as the days passed it was less bothersome. I feel this deck is a great candidate for trimming, and may get around to lopping those titles right off soon. The colors are already gorgeous, and trimming the deck would only make them pop even more.

The deck itself is about 2.75" x 4.75" and packaged in a tuck box with the ubiquitous Little White Book, which does little to explain the thought process behind the choosing of the images, but does translate the Latin better than Google Translate, I found to my chagrin. The card stock is lightly varnished and shuffles quite easily and smoothly. The backs are ivory with a green reversible pattern from one of the cards.

I do not think everyone will enjoy this deck, as it is a bit snarky in readings, and both the easy nudity in cards and the small amounts of blood could be disturbing to some. The deck has a Renaissance flair to the art, and would work well for people who like their readings a little humorous and who like allegorical stories to tell. I have found it to be a keeper in my collection, and I will reach for it when I find myself getting a little full of myself, because it seems to have a pretty good ego deflater built in. The cards flow together easily and offer great readings, as I did several on Aeclectic Tarot this week, as well as using it at Denver Tarot Meetup for the readings I did there.

Two thumbs up for a historical looking deck (artfully speaking, not tarotfully speaking) that carries itself lightly through the world while maintaining a none too careful dignity as well!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A very nice deck, but... 27 Jun 2006
By Kunstkammer - Published on Amazon.com
Another very nice deck from Lo Scarabeo. All cards use tarot imagery including the Minor Arcana. Speaking of which, in addition to the traditional swords, wands, pentacles/coins and cups; each of the suits also has an animal associated with it. The detail is excellent and the colors are not overly garish. My only complaint (and it's a very minor one), is that I own the same artist's earlier (Major Arcana only) version of this deck which was done without color and looks even more like Durer's work. I would have loved to have seen that expanded to a full deck. Oh well.
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