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Cosmic Tribe Tarot: an important event in tarot evolution.
on 21 November 1998
The Cosmic Tribe Tarot is a synthesis of the artistic techniques used in the Crowley Thoth Deck and the Voyager Tarot. At its best, it has used the photographic style of the Voyager, but in a less busy way, in combination with traditional Rider-Waite symbology (5 Swords, 10 Swords, 10 Wands and Emperor.) It is less effective in the minor arcana cards that most resemble the Thoth Deck where the suit symbols are arranged as "counters" in a colorful and attractive pattern. This disparity of style is prominent enough to almost give the feel of two separate decks. The Voyager and Thoth Decks provide a key word on the minor arcana cards as an aid to those of us who otherwise depend on pictorial representation for interpretation. Although the accompanying book, a well-written and rewarding resource, provides a key word for each minor arcana card, these words are not present on the deck. It was wise of the creator to use the nude human figure thereby avoiding irrelevant and unintended connotation which clothing surely would provide. I am thinking here of the Yeager Tarot twenty-two years after publication. Who painted-on those briefs, and WHY? The male and female nudity is not offensive, disturbing or erotic; it helps us place ourselves in the situations of the figures on the cards.The inclusion of three Lovers cards is a welcome and thoughtful innovation. Perhaps the talented creator might consider a second edition in which the "counter" cards would be reworked into the beautiful and powerful allegory exhibited in some of the current cards.