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Sacred Sites Tarot: 78 full colour cards and instruction booklet [Cards]

Massimiliano Filadoro , Illustrated by Frederico Penco

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15 May 2012
From the beginning of time, there are places to be found in the world that have a special aura. Their connection to the divine and the mystical energies of the world has been felt through the centuries. Some remained places of unparalleled natural beauty, some used to be places of worship in ancient times and some are still used today, their energy felt by millions each year. With places from five continents, the art of Federico Penco and the pen of Massimiliano Filadoro connect the eternal energies of the world to the eternal wisdom of tarot. 78 full colour cards and instruction booklet

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant from concept to execution 27 Jun 2012
By Sharyn Woerz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Cards
It is inventive, outside the box, and the art is gorgeous. I'm smitten over the skies in particular.

The things LoS gets bashed for are non-applicable to this deck.
The often useless LWB instead specifically lists each card site and why it was chosen and no stilted keyword divinatory meanings. A+

The borders are NOT multi-lingual and in fact have no words at all. The minors have the icon of the suit at the top, the number at the bottom, both subdued, not in your face.
Courts have the suit icon at the top; pages have a helmet at the bottom, knights have a horses head, Kings have a big crown, queens a little smaller one.

Majors have only a Roman Numeral upper left and lower right.

On the other hand, if you need/prefer the stock Rider-Waite tarot images to use tarot, this deck probably won't be for you. You really have to think about how the image can be applied to how you normally read/see the cards

Thank you Lo Scarabeo and Ric, well done!
4.0 out of 5 stars An incredible pilgrimage around the world 28 Aug 2012
By Neko-san - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Cards
The Sacred Sites Tarot is a themed tarot which showcase places of divine inspiration; in a way a mini illustrated encyclopedia of sacred places. You still can visit some of these places today, others were lost in time, or even straight from mythology. Not meant for intuitive reading out of the box, this deck will certainly require hours of detailed study before use. Yet, tarot enthusiasts will find a beautifully deck for their tarot collection.

At first, this deck was not in my list of must-buys. I thought it was going to be one of those gimmicky Tarot decks where you just slap pictures on the Major Arcana. Then I found out it was going to be paintings of places, 78 of those, so it pick my interest a bit. But finally I found a preview in YouTube from LoScarabeo. So I thought I could risk to buy this deck. And I feel I was rewarded.

Once I opened the box, I realized that the creators of this deck, Massimiliano Filadoro (designer), and Federico Penco (illustrator), wanted a total immersion into the imagery of each card. To help us achieve this, the deck is devoid of labels. Instead, there is some icons, and of course, the numbering still remain.

The front of the cards is bordered light blue. The back is light blue with an image of the world from space. There is a hue darker water mark both in from and back, which is not obtrusive. It reminds me of some shamanic iconography, but non in particular.

The Major Arcana have no labels, but a small image of the world top-right and bottom-left. These are numbered with roman numeral top-left and bottom-right stating at 0 with The Fool. In this deck, Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. I found the labels for these cards in the Little White Book (LWB), which is indispensable for this deck. It follows the standard nomenclature. This is a list of all the Major Arcana and their corresponding places:

0. The Fool - Mount Graham, Arizona, America.
I. The Magician - Stonehenge, England.
II. The High Priestess - Sybil's Cave, Italy.
III. The Empress - The Sanctuary of Demetra, Elusi, Ancient Greece.
IV. The Emperor - The Temple of Solomon, Jerusalem.
V. The Hierophant - The Potala Palace, Lhasa, in Tibet.
VI. The Lovers - The Sacred Forest of Nemi.
VII. The Chariot - Santiago di Compostela.
VIII. Justice - Angkor Vat, Cambodia.
IX. The Hermit - Petra, Jordan.
X. Wheel of Fortune - Chichen Itza, Yucatan.
XI. Strength - The Summer Palace in China, Beijing.
XII. The Hanged Man - Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
XIII. Death - Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic.
XIV. Temperance - The River Ganges, India.
XV. The Devil - Rennes-Le-Chateau, France.
XVI. The Tower - Krakatoa, Indonesia.
XVII. The Star - The Ziggurat of Ur.
XVIII. The Moon - Alhambra, Granada, Spain.
XIX. The Sun - Teotihuacan, Mexico.
XX. Judgment - Jericho, The West Bank.
XXI. The World - Shambhala.

I thought this was going to be an empty collection of places. But what are places without people? There is a lot of good imagery in the Major Arcana alone. For Example: The Fool shows a Shaman followed by a dog at the edge of a precipice in the area of Mount Graham where shamans would go to seek a vision of wisdom. The Magician shows a druid in front of an altar made of stone within Stonehenge. The Hierophant shows, which I assume to be, the Dalai Lama sitting at The Potala Palace. The Wheel of Fortune show a Maya Calendar. The Hanged Man shows Christ the Redeemer itself, from above. The Tower shows Krakaoa during its last eruption and a native trying to escape in a canoe. Judgement shows the torso of a huge angel blowing a horn that it is literally blowing the walls of Jericho.

The Minor Arcana have no labels either, but a small image instead at the top representing the suite. The Pips are numbered at the bottom, while the Court shows a small image at the bottom, akin to a chess piece, representing Knave, Knight, Queen and King. There is a lot of good imagery here as well. The Ace of Coup if Mount Fuji. The Ace of Pentacles is Machu Picchu. The Ace of Wands is Mount Sinai. The Ace of Swords is Sagarmatha. Beside these, there were a few other places I recognized on a glance like: Knight of Wands - Pyramid of Cheops; Seven of Wands - The Great Wall of China; Five of Cups - Taj Mahal; and Four of Cups - Easter Island.

In the LWB I found brief descriptions of these places. What didn't I find in the LWB? Well everything else I wanted to know. For one, there are no interpretation of the cards. However, I found myself agreeing with the imagery for many of the cards according to Riders-Waite-Smith Tradition once I knew what the place represented. In such a limited space as a LWB provides, this is understandable.

Without reservations, I recommend this deck for tarot collectors. And if your are mystified by sacred places around the world, this deck would be for you as well.

This deck comes in a fitting box, with a LWB written in five languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French and German.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disppointed 7 Aug 2012
By J. Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Cards|Verified Purchase
The cards are the typical tarot and are OK. The instruction book provides basic commentary on the site but nothing on the meaning compared with other oracle sets. I am very disappointed with them and would not recommend them unless you have a more detailed explanation.
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