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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful deck, 13 Mar 2002
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Lisa Bowers (romford, essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Alchemical Tarot - Deck and Book set (Paperback)
I know absolutely nothing about alchemy but this deck is still beautiful and good to work with. The book that comes with the set is very helpful and the cards are well illustrated. Im sure someone with more knowledge on the subject would benefit from this deck more than me but at the same time anyone can use it with good results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!, 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 Alchemical Tarot - Deck and Book set (Paperback)
This deck is fully-illustrated in the style of original Renaissance alchemical art, making it quite distinctive and immediately recognisable for what it is. There is an excellent book as part of this set in which Guiley and Place each write about their journeys that eventually led them to create this deck together. The book gives lots of interesting information, e.g. basic concepts of Alchemy; how Tarot and Alchemy come together; meditation and contemplation exercises; and more! But in spite of the esoteric nature of the Alchemical Tarot, the book is easy to follow and uses really down-to-earth interpretations of the cards, so don't be put off.

The cards of the Major Arcana are easily recognisable, although some of the depictions are worthy of particular note - e.g. 'the Devil' shows a two-headed person, half of which is female and the other half male, standing on top of a fiery dragon, which in turn is standing on top of a what appears to be a black winged eye-like symbol called the 'nigredo'; 'the Chariot' shows a back view, so that it is moving away rather than towards.

The suits of the Minor Arcana are Swords, Staffs, Vessels and Coins, whilst the Court Cards are Lady, Knight, King and Queen, along with many interesting and powerful illustrations.

Renaissance art isn't something that excites me, but I have to say that this deck is something special, and it is a great deck for anyone from beginner to adept. It's not necessary to use all the information in the book right from the start, but the possibilities to go deeper and further are there for anyone who is interested.
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