The New Mythic deck takes the characters and events from Greek myth and legend and applies them to both the Major and Minor Aracana. The intention was to create a deck with a psychological slant and the insights in the acomanying book lean to inner meanings rather than predictive ones.
Each of the suits follows the events of a myth cycle:
Wands: Jason and the Argonauts
Cups: Eros and Psyche
Swords: Orestes & the curse of the House of Atreus
This means that although the interpretations are broadly those of the Rider-Waite deck the imagary is mostly original and as such probably not the best place to start if you're new to tarot.
I enjoy using this deck and find the asignations convincing but I do have one small gripe. The original Mythic deck, of which this is a faithful re-creation, had all the charm of hand-drawn artwork. However this deck is partly hand-drawn and partly computer generated and the CGI aspects are not good. Almost every instance of water is created with flood-filled images resulting in a static, false feel and on the Tower a well drawn Poseidion rises out of a garish sea with nasty drop shadows.
I know that CGI is popular in tarot now (a la Ciro Marichetti) but it does so spoil this otherwise excellent deck.
on 18 June 2011
I just love this new version, of the almost completely re-done images of the Mythic tarot; they are quite colorful and bright and pay much attention to details unlike the images of the original version which tend mostly to have a bit of subdued and conservative hues of colors to them. Although some of the images look a bit like a child's scribble, I believe that overall this is a very good purchase, and the book, is a valuable read. I can't recommend this set highly enough.
on 4 January 2010
These are nice, much more so than the originals. Bolder colours, and slightly different placing of the characters. These can be quite hard to shuffle to start with, but they soon loosen up.