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5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique
This tarot deck presents a very unique and original perspective on tarot. I think that the illustrations are a bit naive, in the artistic sense of the word, but their inner complexity and hidden meaning surpasses any such considerations. The interwoven intricate patterns of the lesser arcana are exquisite, and I found the booklet extremely helpfull not only in regard of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Overload
This attractive deck and book is a highly complex exploration of the Merlin myths and legends. As such, it will be of particular interest to both Merlin devotees and to those who want to learn something about Merlin. Although the book goes into a lot of detail, Stewart states that "For a full study of the Merlin Tarot and the history of how the deck was designed, you...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique, 9 Jan 2001
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This review is from: The Merlin Tarot: Images, Insight and Wisdom from the Age of Merlin (Hardcover)
This tarot deck presents a very unique and original perspective on tarot. I think that the illustrations are a bit naive, in the artistic sense of the word, but their inner complexity and hidden meaning surpasses any such considerations. The interwoven intricate patterns of the lesser arcana are exquisite, and I found the booklet extremely helpfull not only in regard of this tarot deck but in general. I would recomended it to anyone, especially beginners. The Merlin tarot have given me a great spiritual uprising when I've worked with them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Overload, 6 May 2012
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Miss W. Merrymoon "Willow Merrymoon" (West Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Merlin Tarot: Images, Insight and Wisdom from the Age of Merlin (Hardcover)
This attractive deck and book is a highly complex exploration of the Merlin myths and legends. As such, it will be of particular interest to both Merlin devotees and to those who want to learn something about Merlin. Although the book goes into a lot of detail, Stewart states that "For a full study of the Merlin Tarot and the history of how the deck was designed, you should read the 'the Complete Merlin Tarot', a separate substantial book which deals in depth with every card of the deck".

The Major Arcana is structured quite differently from traditional decks. It is numbered from one to twenty-two, and whilst most cards retain their original titles or very close to, two of them have changed completely, i.e. 'the Devil' becomes 'the Guardian, and 'the Hierophant' becomes 'the Innocent'. The order of the Major cards is radically different, e.g. 'the Moon' is I, 'the Fool' is Vll, and 'the Empress' is XIX. Most of the card designs are immediately recognisable, although 'the Guardian' ('the Devil'), is a beautifully created picture of the naked Herne, complete with antlers and in a nature setting. Stewart says that "the numbering of the Merlin Tarot is purely for reference and is not connected to the so-called traditional numbering or ordering of Tarot trumps that appears in publication from the nineteenth century onwards". Gray's artwork is beautiful and her chosen colours are very easy on the eye. In the book, Stewart gives a number of correspondences for each card, i.e. World, Wheel, Beings, Consciousness, Partner Trumps, Spheres and Planets, Attributes, God and Goddess Forms, Key Phrases, Merlin Texts, Divinatory Meanings, and Related Number Cards.

The Minor cards are more of a mixed bag. All the Aces are exquisite, each one depicting the suit symbol - 'Birds' (Swords), 'Serpents' (Wands), 'Fishes' (Cups) and 'Beasts' (Pentacles). The Court cards are equally beautiful and although the titles are not on the cards, they are in the book, and only the 'Knight' has been changed from the original title to 'Warrior'. The ace through ten are pips and are plain line drawings against colour-appropriate backgrounds, and as such, are a little disappointing. At the bottom of each card is a single-word prompt.

Personally, I would be happy to work with this deck intuitively, but I think I would be on intellectual overload if I were to try to use much of the information provided.
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