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The Shakespearian Tarot [Paperback]

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowocki , Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki , Paul Hardy
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aquarian Press; Har/Crds edition (13 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855380544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855380547
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,776,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The whole of Shakespeare's repertoire is in this book and tarot set. The wealth of imagery available in Shakespeare's work makes it ideal as a basis for tarot. The characters are almost created for the deck - Prospero as the Magician, Cleopatra as the High Priestess, Romeo and Juliet as the Lovers, Lear as the Hermit, Hamlet as the Hanged Man, Iago as the Devil, and Portia for Justice. In addition famous scenes are evoked - the death of Caesar for the Ten of Swords.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story 7 May 2012
This deck is a real gift for anyone who is keen on both Shakespeare and the Tarot, as it is written with passion by someone who loves both. In the introduction to the book, Ashcroft-Nowicki writes about her journey in creating this deck from inception to completion, giving a real insight into her process, whilst Hardy's illustrations are also just as inspired. The characters portrayed come alive and the use of strong colours throughout makes this a rather eye-catching deck. The cards all have a white border with the title of the card at the top, and at the bottom there is a relevant quote from one of the plays, along with the title of the play. The cards shown on the box (see photo) are good examples of the deck.

Many of the Major cards are quite dramatic, packing a punch, and taking the reader by surprise. For each card Ashcroft-Nowicki gives the background about the play from which the quote is taken, and her skill at conveying lots of information in a few words is second-to-none.

The suit names of the Minor cards are 'Swords', 'Sceptres' (Wands), 'Orbs' (Cups), and 'Crowns' (Pentacles). The Court cards are 'Lady' (Page), 'Lord' (Knight), 'Queen' and 'King'. Although there is slightly less background information about the play relevant to each card, nevertheless the images are just as lively as the Major cards. This deck is definitely worth looking at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Deck-Pretty Hard To Find 28 April 2001
By Nokturnal - Published on Amazon.com
But it is definitely worth locating. The deck is oversize and filled with amazing color, detail, verbage, etc. Even if you are not a fan of Shakespeare, the pure beauty of the cards in relation to tarot make this deck worth getting. Being out of print, I haven't seen it listed in many of the online tarot resources for purchasing decks....
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find tarot deck found through Amazon Auctions 27 April 2000
By BlueManticore - Published on Amazon.com
This tarot deck and book are both beautifully done. The art is simple, yet exquisite. The book very nicely gives a summary for each card's quote's play. The quotes and styles of the cards are very well chosen for the theme of the cards. I consider myself very lucky to now own this deck. If you can get a hold of one, grab it immediately, no matter the cost. This deck is priceless!
5.0 out of 5 stars it is in great shape! 9 Sep 2014
By Walks Two Paths - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for this for years, it is in great shape!
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth looking for.... 1 Jun 2000
By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA - Published on Amazon.com
....a nicely illustrated deck with quotations from various plays, compiled by a Shakespearian actress.
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