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The Grail Tarot: A Templar Vision (Book & Deck) Paperback – 27 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd (27 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859062172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859062173
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 5.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi. I'm John Matthews. I've written nearly a 100 books over the last 30 years or so. Books about many things. Pirates, King Arthur and the Grail Quest, Faeries, Robin Hood,and many more. I love folklore, history and film and I recently began writing for movies and TV, creating documentaries, TV scripts and motion pictures. I write in collaboration with many of my dearest friends, including Wil Kinghan, Ari Berk,and David Franzoni, and with some of the finest artists in the world, including Brian Froud, Charles Vess and Alan Lee. I have also written many books with my partner Caitlin Matthews, with whom I sometimes think I share a brain, and who knows what I'm thinking before I think it. I'm also beginning to collaborate with our son, the actor Emrys Matthews, with whom we wrote the wonderful Teen Oracle. I recently began to write books for younger readers, including graphic novels and the fabulous StoryWorld series. Writing so many books has always been hard work and it continues to be so, but I love the act of creation and cannot imagine ever doing anything else. I'm greatful to all the countless people who have read my books, especially those who made my book on Pirates a New York Times best seller in 2006. There are many more books to come, so I hope you'll keep reading, and keep pestering your booksellers to stock them!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Les on 22 Aug. 2007
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I just received this deck this morning - and I am stunned by the beauty of the deck. I am the happy owner of most all the John & Caitlin Matthews decks, & have many more by other authors. The art of Tarot and Oracle decks have turned me into a collector (albeit a small one:). The Grail deck is a rare treasure, each card worked out beautifully down to the last card, in minute detail. The colourings are gorgeous. I lift my hat to Mr Caselli, he's a true artist. The book is done in lovely sepia colourings. I am very pleased with it .... there is but one thing that I do have to offer (and sadly) and that is ... I find the cards themselves to be rather thin - meaning that one will have treat them very carefully against scuffing or even folding & creasing them, when shuffling them. I love the deck to bits, but this is a bit of a drawback. Still I hope they sell like hotcakes, because anyone will count themselves truly Blessed to have this beautiful deck. L.B. Netherlands
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 9 Jan. 2010
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"This deck re-tells the fabulous Grail legend - one of the most famous mysteries the world has ever known - and relates the quest for the sacred Christian relic to our desire to understand the puzzles of our own lives".

This well researched deck is unique, because the Major Arcana cards form one long picture when placed side by side. The art is detailed and evocative and the style seems fitting to the legend of the Grail, although the colouring is a little dull in places. The deck is loosely based on the Rider-Waite with the names of all the Major arcana cards changed to something that better represents the story of the Grail although the Rider-Waite system is still present. The suits are renamed to Stones (Pentacles), Vessels(Cups)and Lances (Wands), Swords obviously stay the same :)

The accompanying well bound and presented book offers a good introduction to its subject and goes on to list every card in detail, accompanied by a sepia graphic. Each card picture is described and then its background and the story behind the card is explained. Followed by the cards meaning with accompanying keywords as a quick reference.

John Matthews writing is easy to understand, in-depth and friendly. His knowledge of the Grail and its application to the Tarot is insightful and eye opening. He not only teaches the reader about the legend of the Grail but portrays the Tarot in a different and meaningful way. Double enjoyment for reader and seeker alike.

The borderless cards are a good thickness with a smooth glossy finish on the picture side, but have an unfinished back. They are slightly bigger than standard. They come in an box, in which the cards are inserted into the middle, with the accompanying book places on top.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The holo-man on 14 Oct. 2010
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A "must" for anyone interested in both tarot and the Templars, Gnostic Christianity or the Grail. The cards are beautiful and the book instructive with regard to the Templars and the Grail Quest.

Anyone already familiar with the tarot may struggle with some of the symbols used, especially for the trumps. Trump 6 for example, called The Lovers in most decks, is called The Two Knights of The Temple, and, for me it doesn't convey the essential meaning of The Lovers. I feel that Christ/Magdalene would have been better. The commetary in the book does, however, eventually get to the essence of the card's meaning.

All in all, though, I'm delighted with this deck and have benefited considerably from working with it. An insightful and meditative reading may even reveal some Grail secrets!
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