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The Elemental Tarot Paperback – 28 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (28 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859060218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859060216
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,512,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Smith's paintings hang in collections throughout the world and she exhibits regularly in galleries in Europe and the US. Caroline's knowledge of symbolism and feeling for colour add powerfully to the imagery of her cards. John Astrop, Caroline's husband, is an astrologer, author and artist. Formerly a lecturer at Hornsey Art College, he later became interested in astrology and joined the Astrological Lodge of London and the Astrological Association. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss W. Merrymoon on 6 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
This fully-illustrated deck and book set has been created in keeping with traditional Tarot format, whilst at the same time taking a fresh approach to the Tarot. The book is very clear and succinct, offering explanations and insight without unnecessary embellishment. Also, at the back of the book are excellent tables outlining keywords and key symbols.

Several of the Major Arcana titles have been changed, e.g. 'the Magician' becomes 'the Trickster'; 'the Hermit' becomes 'the Shaman'; 'Temperance' becomes 'Peace'. At the bottom of each card is a word that complements the meaning of it's title. To either side of each image is a line from a poem, 'The Thunder, Perfect Mind', which makes up part of a number of Gnostic texts discovered in 1945. All the cards bear astrological symbols, and an egg-shaped purple symbol at the bottom of all the Major cards identifies the element of 'Spirit'.

The Minor Arcana suit names are 'Air', represented by a light green circle, 'Fire', a red upward pointing triangle, 'Water', a blue crescent, horns pointing upwards, and 'Earth', a bold green square. Each card has a name at the top and a God/Goddess name at the bottom, e.g. One of Fire/Lightning/Tien-Mu; Four of Earth/Clay/Bochicha' Six of Air/Open Air/Hermes; and Eight of Water/Well/Naaki. The Court cards are named Daughter, Son, Mother and Father.

I like this deck for it's boldness, it's confidence and it's attractive appearance.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A sophisticated synthesis of Tarot, Astrology and Mythology. 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Elemental Tarot is a beautiful deck. Its sophisticated simplicity and combination of ancient archetypes and mythological symbols will give advanced tarot students an abundance of information which conbines Tarot, Astrology, Myth, Equiptian symbols, and a god or goddess from diverse ancient religions on every card of the minor arcana. The Astrological meanings are often different from the classical correlations in Tarot, and I found this added a new understanding of the Tarot. The book is very easy to understand, and does not limit the necessary explanation to appreciate the cards and understand their meaning. The author(s) are excellent writers and are able to put an incredible amount of information in a short. concise, and impactful description of each card. The Major and Minor arcana are equally beautiful and sophisticated. For those who are familiar with Earth-centered religion and ritual, the cards will have a particular appeal. I do not have the most recent publication, rather the limited edition by the author, so can not comment on the quality of this printing, but am led to believe it is very similar. If you want the traditional Tarot with a new look, this is not the deck for you, however, if you want to expand and deepen your understanding of Tarot you will not be disappointed.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Tarot cards for astologers... 6 Jan 2000
By Lauren L. Banks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Elemental Tarot is my favorite "new" tarot deck... The cards are colorful, thought-provoking and compelling. Since I bought the first edition (hardbound book in a sleeve) from the artist (with a signed card!), I have purchased 3 more sets, and am delighted to see this deck in the stores! As an astrologer, I was naturally drawn to the astrological/tarot interpretaions of the cards, but this deck would be equally useful and satisfying to someone as yet unfamiliar with tarot or astrology. If you have a penchant for collecting tarot decks, this is absolutely a MUST HAVE! The artist conveys the essence of the card with clarity and beauty, and, fortunately, without the gothic images and single-mindedness of many of the other decks on the market. I just love the deck!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Great 30 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For those interested in learning about the tarot cards forget Rider Waite and all those cups, swords and pentacles. Switch to this. The cards are full of symbolism. Easier to understand and you get better readings from them. worked for me!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great deck, poor production 14 April 2002
By GailK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have the original 1988 version of this deck and it is far superior. The new edition is on flimsier card stock, and the cellophane wrappers around the cards were stuck TO the cards due to an excess of glue. So I have 2 damaged cards with white spots where the color was removed with the wrappers. Also, the book has a front cover that is over twice as wide as the back cover....ostensibly to wrap around the cards and hold them. In practice, the cards won't stay there without 2 large rubberbands, and when you are trying to use the book you have a big piece of cardboard flapping around and getting in the way. All this is trivial, but the fact that at least 2 of the cards have typos is not. Several cards have had the astrological symbols change from the old deck. But the book still lists the old ones. So I don't know which is supposed to be correct. If you don't care about the astrological symbols, want to trim the front cover yourself and keep the cards in a bag....it's alovely deck with great art. Otherwise search for the 1988 printing, it is superior in every regard.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Second Edition is Well Done 7 July 2005
By ReadsALot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A quick note for all looking at this deck - I picked up a copy of the reprint , and the typos mentioned in some aearlier reviews have all been fixed. Artwork seems clear and distinct. I've just gotten it, so can't say too much, but it seems like a very good system for working with Tarot. Symbols clearly explained, etc.
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