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The Heart Tarot [Cards]

Maria DiStefano
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Oct 2009
Love makes the world go round. In this unusual deck we find that the very heart of love is full, rich and complex. Whether romantic, platonic, paternal, passionate or unrequited, love is often the centre of human lives and concerns. These charming cards will certainly touch your heart as they sweetly reveal their delicate wisdom. 78 full colour tarot cards and instruction booklet
--This text refers to an alternate Cards edition.

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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Pcr Crds edition (Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 13.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I heart these 8 Mar 2014
Format:Cards|Verified Purchase
These beautiful tarot cards by Maria DisStefano are gorgeous, the art work is exquisite , and the heart shape is a little difficult to shuffle and it takes a little while to work out how, as they are larger than i was expecting, the art is stunning nad has many wonderful symbols hidden in the pictures and the meanings are beautiful, its a deck well worth adding to your collection truly beautiful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for relationship readings and intuitive readings! 12 Feb 2010
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the Heart Tarot and was blown away by the cards, the presentation box, and the small but mighty LWB.

The scans simply do not do this amazing tarot justice.

The heart-shaped cards are cheery and inspiring. This is a strong, working deck with a lot of soul behind it. This is not a fluff deck, nor is it a novelty deck.

I thought the heart borders would be off-putting to me; they are not! They work perfectly with this tarot.

The Heart Tarot has wonderful artwork by artist Maria Distefano, who also did the amazing Circle of Life tarot, one of my favorite tarots ever. Maria Distefano's artwork has a lovely, otherworldly quality to it that cannot be described; it must be experienced.

I couldn't wait to try these cards out, and so far they have been very accurate in relationship readings or even general readings or other topics. The unique, heart-shaped LWB was written especially for this deck. Even though it is only a few pages, and each card only gets a couple of lines, it is a potent and valuable tool for use with this tarot.

The LWB states: "It becomes immediately clear that the Tarot of the Heart is an uncommon deck dedicated to love, to sentiment, to feelings, to friendships and to the bonds that each person develops with those around him." I agree with the LWB. Thus you see why for me this is a workhorse deck, meant for everyday use.

The most meaningful readings I have done with the Heart Tarot have been intuitive readings. These cards lend themselves extraordinarily well to reading by intuition - you don't even need the LWB. Sitters have said they are very accurate.

Cards measure approximately 4 1/4" from the center top of the heart to the center bottom of the heart. It is hard to get an exact measurement due to the heart shape, but that gives you some idea. The LWB is in five languages: pages 3 through 14 are in English.

The question I often get asked is, Can these cards be shuffled? The answer is, "Yes." It is even possible to riffle shuffle these cards - I have done it. One divides the pile of cards into two piles (all lined up). I have the larger part of the heart facing me with the heart's pointed edge facing away from me. After the riffle shuffle, I gently tap the cards against the table to line them up.

It is fairly easy to get these cards back into their box. I have learned, after a few experimental tries, how to gather them properly, so that I now simply put them into the box and close the lid, which only takes a few seconds.

On first receiving them, you may have to work with them briefly in order to figure out your favorite way, but here is one that works:

Quick Directions for Getting Heart Tarot Back In Box:

1. Place cards and LWB in box top.

2. Put box bottom over box top.

3. Flip entire thing over.

4. Lift off box top.

5. Slightly move cards so they fall into box bottom.

DONE! After a few tries, you won't even need this; you'll figure out how to gather them effortlessly.

I have moved this deck into my Top 10 Favorite Decks. I highly recommend it. I believe it will be an under-rated deck, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.


>> "I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming like the passengers in his cab." <<
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-Shaped Tarot 24 Feb 2010
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
"It becomes immediately clear that the Tarot of the Heart is an uncommon deck dedicated to love, to sentiment, to feelings, to friendships, and to the bonds that each person develops with those around him. In reality, when we speak of love, there is the risk of imagining only romantic love; even if this is one of the more common and important forms of love, it is certainly not the only one." - From the Little White Book to the Heart Tarot

An ambitious and innovative venture on behalf of Italian publisher Lo Scarabeo, the Heart Tarot pulses on the scene with what might be the first heart-shaped Tarot on the market.

With bold fire-truck red borders, these large cards measure approximately 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches at their widest with card names transcribed in six languages that surround the central image. The card backing is understandably non-reversible, with two lovers entwined in a yin-yang embrace.

Although difficult to shuffle (even hand-over-hand), the Heart Tarot presents whimsical, intriguing illustrations that have an Alice in Wonderland type feel to them (especially the checkered background of cards like the Knave of Swords) or perhaps a fairytale land peppered with lost humans, satyrs, unicorns, mermaids, gnomes and other fantastical creatures.

However, this isn't just a pretty art deck. In fact, most of the images in the Heart Tarot cover big-picture archetypal themes that affect (or afflict?) humanity, as well as those daily occurrences so often fraught with joy, small favors, bewilderment, play, curiosity, art, friendship, romance, wistfulness, protectiveness, sensuality, decisions, betrayal, dreams, excess, discovery and so on.

Thus, unlike some fantasy decks, the majority of illustrations offer not only clear, accurate guidance for the "human stuff" of life, but also excellent inspiration and insight for creative endeavors.

Case in point: I was experimenting with a five-card character development spread found in Hal Zina Bennett's outstanding book Write Starts. I've been working on a novel for over a year, and decided to take the Heart Tarot out for a spin with Hal's Developing Characters Spread.

Well, let's just say that I had such illuminating, surprising discoveries about my lead character using this spread that I used the Heart Tarot to perform yet another five-card spread for a second character!

I've also used the Heart Tarot for personal meditation and general one-card readings and it's proven to be straightforward and spot-on.

The Minor Suits from this deck are Chalices, Pentacles, Wands and Swords, and the Court cards follow the Knave, Knight, Queen and King demarcation. The Little White Book is worse than useless in this particular case (as are most Lo Scarabeo LWBs). For example, the 7 of Wands card shows a bird's eye view of a youth painting a red heart onto graph paper, colored pencils strewn about her. The LWB meaning given for this card? "Prosperity, opportunities. Solid ties, a long-desired love conquest. Gratifying emotional situations, intriguing and malicious (!) relationships." (Exclamation mark mine.)

I guess I'll never understand Lo Scarabeo's decision to print original LWBs for decks that don't match up with the card imagery. Don't get me wrong, many of their LWBs, if not most, offer fresh, unusual interpretations--it's just that they rarely correspond to the imagery, often diametrically opposed in both description and connotation.

But as seasoned Tarot enthusiasts know, LWBs are often a waste of trees anyway, so don't hold this against the Heart Tarot (or any other deck, unless you're a Tarot beginner needing and wanting consistency).

Although heart-shaped, I don't feel this is a particularly romantic deck lending itself to relationship readings (although you could certainly use the Heart Tarot for that purpose). Rather, it's a deck imparting whimsy and quiet nudges, perfect for creative inspiration, inner child explorations or uplifting contemplation. Its gentle, inventive illustrations by Maria Distefano offer unexpected revelations, so I think it would be a fine deck for any type of reading.

If you happen to get the Heart Tarot, make SURE that you check to see if all the cards are there! My deck, which was still sealed in plastic, was missing FOUR Major Arcana cards (Temperance, Devil, Tower and The Stars). After I contacted Llewellyn (American distributor for Lo Scarabeo), the customer service team was very helpful and apologetic, offering to send me the missing cards which they did speedily.

Both eye candy and heart candy, I highly recommend this most unusual deck, especially if you desire to see the world through the eyes of love and innocence.

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot

(To see 18 images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at JanetBoyer.com)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Images 9 May 2010
By Kat Hallmark - Published on Amazon.com
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This Deck is one you will want to spend lots of time with. The interpretations included are short and to the point but with a little meditation on the cards you select for your readings, you can gain so much more insight. I am a serious collecter and have hundreds of decks. This one is delightful and refreshing and a journey to be taken.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful tarot deck 21 May 2014
By Granny Penny - Published on Amazon.com
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This deck is perfect for answering relationship issues. It basically follows the Rider-Waite format which makes it easy to use. The pictures are lovely and full of symbols. I recommend it .
5.0 out of 5 stars These cards are adorable! 10 May 2013
By ChristyV - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these cards and was happy to add them to my growing collection of Tarot cards. The thickness and quality of the cards are what you hope they would be. They are not too big to handle and the colors are amazing! I would recommend them if you like different.
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