This is a mini version of the Secret Tarot. The Secret Tarot is a gothic looking Tarot deck drawn by Marco Nizzoli and based on the Tharot of Marseilles and the Rider Tarot. This deck screams "Renaissance meets Gothic". Nizzoli comic book style artwork shows glimpses of a world where the bygone era is still alive, heavily influenced by a gothic flair.
Nizzoli images are inked with non intrusive outlines, and painted with low contrasting colors and subtle shadows. Nudity is more persistent through this deck than in any others, although is tastefully done at all times.
The cards are labeled in five languages. The Italian label, written with dark blue ink, is prominently shown at the bottom. The English, Spanish, French and German labels, written with black ink, are shown at the top of the card and at both side of the numeral written in dark blue ink.
The Tarot of Marseilles is evident throughout the Mayor Arcana with few nods to the Rider and Visconti Tarots. This is a deck where Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. The Marseilles tradition can be easily identified in cards such as The Lovers, a finely dressed man deciding between two different women, The Wheel of Fortune, a dog, a winged monkey and non-winged monkey around a wooden wheel, and The Sun, two naked boys standing under the sun. A nod to the Rider tradition is seen in The Fool, a traveler walking left toward the end of a cliff, and a lone nod to the Cary-Yale Visconti tradition in Death, the characteristic bony figure on a horse wielding a scythe.
The Minor Arcanas depict the story of four secret kingdoms presented in the Little White Book: The Kingdom of Pleasure (Chalices), The Kingdom of Richness (Pentacles), The Kingdom of Sorrow (Swords), and The Kingdom of the Work of Man (Wands).
I recommend this deck for those tarot collectors who like a gothic theme in a pocket size. It comes in a fitting box and includes a Little White Book.
Other decks by Nizzoli:
Dream Enchantress Tarot