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Tarot Art Nouveau Deck [Cards]

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds edition (Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738700088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738700083
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 7.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,635,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bright and Fluid Deck With Subtle Symbolism 29 Dec 2009
By Hannah
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A very poignant, fluid and attractive deck to read with. Every card has subtle symbolism based mostly on the pose and expression of the person. The women and men are stereotypically beautiful with a renaissance feel. It's on the Rider-Waite system although the symbolism isn't all that obvious.If you looking for a deck that will inspire you, make you think and to give you fresh new insights then this would be a good choice. Not really one for the Tarot newbie, I would learn a Rider-Waite deck first.

Typical standard sized laminated cards for Lo Scarabeo.
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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, but short on meaning 15 Oct 2002
By Victoria Brockmeier - Published on
I ran across pictures of this deck online, at [...] and thought, "How lovely!" A week or so later, I remembered seeing it in some store quite a while ago and thinking, "How vapid." I was right on both counts; as other reviewers have noted, this deck is quite pretty. Also as they've noted, it's a little shallow in terms of symbology. Basically what you get are a lot of pretty watercolors of women, draped or partially draped in flowing dresses and other pieces of cloth, and not a lot of story. If you just look at the pictures, it's almost impossible to tell most of them apart.
I would not at all recommend this deck to an inexperienced reader. You pretty much have to know the cards well enough to read them without significant visual cues to stir your intuitions. I've been reading for ten years, so I'm fine with it, and I get some very insightful, enjoyable stuff out of it, but I'd never use it as a teaching deck.
A couple aspects of the art bother me. The placement of the women on the page is often very odd; many of them appear to be floating in space, seated on an invisible couch or leaning on invisible supports. Probably what happened was, the artist had models pose and chose not to draw whatever sticks of furniture they were posing on, but it makes for some disconcerting compositions. Additionally, the kings are all extremely Neptune-looking (which is fine with me) and all paired with a very young girl on the card in a position of powerlessness. It's unbalanced within the deck, because the queens certainly aren't ordering young pageboys around or bending them backwards over their laps. Additionally, I don't feel like the emotion there applies to all the kings, so it's just plain inaccurate.
Other cards are striking--Strength, for example, takes a very bold approach, with a man both riding and overpowering a male centaur. It's both elegant and very violent, and distinctive as can be. The woman on the five of Pentacles is seated, looking down introspectively at a daffodil she holds with a remarkable expression of hurt and disappointment; the impression is not one of starvation so much as rejection. It works, particularly in the romantic mood set by the entire deck.
I rate this deck so low only because I think that for the vast majority of Tarot students, it's going to be virtually inaccessible. If you want a beautiful deck with some more or less unorthodox interpretations, I'd recommend Hertz's Fantastical Tarot; if you're interested in historically-driven decks, the Scapini Medieval Tarot simply can't be beat. It's gorgeous, terrifically complex, and still a little quirky. If you're an adept enough reader that you can see cards in your head without even laying them out, though, and you'd like a deck with images that are sheer pleasure to look at, the flowing, elegant pastel work in the Art Nouveau Tarot will suit you well.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful! 8 Aug 2002
By JPH - Published on
If you love the florid, elegant art styles of Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha, you will absolutely adore this classy Lo Scarabeo deck! All of the luscious human figures, fabrics, flowers and fauna flow and swirl effortlessly on all of its 78 pictures. This is an art deck in the truest sense of the word.
While the criticisms that this deck sometimes departs from traditional tarot symbolism are true, this 'flaw' does not handicap its use as a reliable reading tool. Should you sometimes find youselves tiring of the more 'traditional' decks' in-your-face symbolism, the Art Noveau will serve admirably as an alternative. Its trumps do not slap you with obscure or questionable assignations of planetary, astrological, elemental, Qabbalic symbols, nor do its pips adhere strictly to the Waite prototype. In fact, the ambiguity of the simple, elegant images allow you to rely more on your own intuitive abilities. This is a good outcome, imho.
This Art Noveau deck is destined for greatness and longevity.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, and Amazing Deck - Very Evocative and Accurate 13 Feb 2004
By Robert Lloyd III - Published on
The sheer beauty of this deck is amazing. At first it seems heavy on the female images, but then you realize how many males there are in the trumps and court cards and notice how the readings are very balanced .My readings from this are gentle yet so accurate and I often feel that the readings help to lead me to higher ground spiritually and seem to direct toards paths that are spiritually enlightening and rewarding. I completely and totally give my praise to this deck. It was one of my first and is my primary reading deck. I had no trouble with it in the beginning. It is very similar to the Rider-Waite and I sat down and studied the cards once a day and now and very familiar with them. I also studied the Rider Waite deck and it is amazing it's meanings and symbology incorporate so beautifully and smoothly into this deck's meanings and symbols. This decks cards are laden with symbology-and it is so beautifully rendered-the Death, Lovers, Sun, Empress, High Priestess, Temperance, Magician and Page of Chalices are just breathtaking. A truly wonderful deck.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Beautiful Tarot Deck 15 Oct 2001
By robert lloyd - Published on
I get the most incredibly subtle and insightful readings from this deck. All the artwork is exquisite and detailed, and the readings come through the same for me. A breathtaking deck and simply spellbinding to look at and use.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, yet hopelessly inacurate. 13 July 2005
By Richard K. Kostoff - Published on
Upon first glance, this deck looks like one of the most beautiful ever published. The major trumps all are faithful to traditional design. The colors are pastel and very sping time like. Hence the name "printemps". This was my choice for romantic oriented readings.

It is when we pass into the minors that things fall apart rather fast. I do not know if it was deliberate or lost in translation but the meaning of most cards are switched beyond recognition.

A big NO NO in my book! I could see if there was a deliberate reason for this. The accompaning booklet lacks little explaination for these changes. There was no book to accompany deck. Until one is produced, the deck sits in my Tarot cabinet,gathering dust. Only getting it out to show others the beautiful art work.

I would not recommend this to beginners. Even advanced readers may have some trouble explaining the blatant changes to most of the minors. Believe me, this happened to me. A major trump only reading would be very good for affairs of the heart.
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