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  • Cards: 72 pages
  • Publisher: US Games; Gmc Crds edition (1 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880795832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880795838
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 7.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ø on 10 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
A well-written and concise book that has the same beautiful artwork as the card case (the foiled gold floral work and glossy jet-black ground is even more attractive in the book cover's larger format).

The deck is sold separately on Amazon but a set is available elsewhere, being a shrink-wrapped box (no lid), book, deck, deck-sized guide by Kaplan and disposable paper 'spreadsheet' (Celtic spread). And some polystyrene blocks.

Back to the book:
Cynthia is a great writer and her enthusiasm for the subject is carried through this thick soft-cover, the first half of which details the history of Russia and city of St Petersburg.

Most Tarot readers will have bought the deck purely on it's looks (rather than it's Russian theme), as I did, but you would be wise to get the book at the same time - the small guide that comes with the deck is about right but when I was learning the cards for the first time, I found that the book would unlock the interpretations that the guide could not.

I studied my cards with both guides open and only occasionally had recourse to consult the web on a few very tricky card meanings.

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Three months later I am still pinning down the meanings which seem to need constant 'tweaking' and adjusting in light of the other card's meanings.

I do find that these cards give sensible readings when used, and their narrative is easily deduced. A recommended deck.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul A. Thrupp on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
Amazon seems to have in some way confused the deck of cards and the book about the deck (both having exactly the same title), the two reviews I saw were cloned across both. I did not realise this when I ordered and accidently got the book rather than the deck believing it to also contain a deck of cards.
The book by Cynthia Giles is very informative about the deck and russian history, something that has often interested me, but unfortunately may not be of as much use to me untill the deck that I have just now ordered arrives.
Just something to be aware of before purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 29 Dec. 2009
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This deck really gives you a nice, old fashioned feeling. The Russian stylised imagery and figures are fairly simple and very small in detail but really draw you in. There is enough Rider-Waite symbolism to be able to bond with it and understand it, although this deck didn't really offer much in new perspective and insights. The pips are all illustrated.

I highly recommended this original and friendly deck, it makes you feel good inside and is very functional to read with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Labor of Love! 11 Feb. 2009
By Richard K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
I had this deck for years, loaned it out, and finally had it returned. It is a classic. Why it is dedicated to St. Petersburg is strange. That always confused me, then I studied both cities. Most of the buildings are reminescent of Moscow. The artist lived and studied in Moscow. Perhaps it was named later. Russia does have 2 capitals, oddly enough. The name is beside the deck itself.

It captures the "Palekh" or slow style of painting. My deck fits inside of a nice little Palekh box. Sometimes a single hair brush is used to capture the details, which these images are full of! The images are set during the Russian middle ages for the most part. That is until the devil card appers. It is none other than Stalin! Rather outrageous. Ivan the Terrible just doesnt hold the same impact. It works flawlessly.

The deck uses standard Rider/Waite symbols, yet it seems a hard beginner deck. Perhaps it is the colors, or lack of. All of the backgrounds are black, bringing that somber, Russian mood to each card. This deck works well for collectors or those "Russo-philes" like myself. Get out your samovars and prepare a Russian Tea with plenty of company.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Misleading description - this is not a tarot deck 13 Jun. 2008
By Kaleidocherry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought I was getting the tarot deck and a book of its history, but this is only a paperback about the history and traditions of Russia and this tarot style in specific. Informative and well-written, though.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Stunningly Beautiful Cards 29 April 2010
By B. Shirts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
If you appreciate Russian miniature art, and like to collect Tarot cards, you will like these. They are simply beautiful. The book that (here) is purchased separately describes how they came to be, and the symbolism he chose to use. I think they should be purchased together.

For a beginner? I wouldn't recommend this deck. They would be difficult to use, but if you are experienced, or simply like to collect unusual cards, these will make a wonderful addition to your collection, or a fine gift for someone interested and already knowledgeable about Tarot.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Too Dark 11 Nov. 2009
By Kyana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
I wish this deck can work for me. But it didn't. Although I have a special liking for dark deck, this is just too dark too heavy for me. Maybe because I am not particularly interested in Russia. The personality of this deck seems to me a true nihilist, the readings will be very negative no matter what I asked, even when I ask how is the relationship between me and this deck, all reverse of ones. This is much more negative than my Babara Walker deck in readings, negating everything.

yes, the artwork is very beautiful. This become only an art deck for me now. I'm giving this 3 because I really like the artwork and the black borders. Seldom there is a deck is so beautiful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Misleading, I thougt I was buying the Tarot Deck.... 9 Oct. 2012
By Dwood07306 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
I am very bummed, it take more than a week to get here only to find out that it is the book and not the Tarot Deck! I would not have ordered this item if it had been clear that it was a book. Very, very bummed
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