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A failed attempt to update a classic deck,
This review is from: Universal Wirth Tarot/Tarot Universal de Wirth [With Instructions] (Cards)
For whatever reason the Lo scarabeo editors got a licence to re-arrange the old Oswald Wirth Tarot Deck.
A shame since it was a perfect transition between the Marseilles and the Rider Waite.
This revised version, released during the 2000s ( many decades after Mr Wirth's death) was "modernized" in a very childish, new age way, making cards like the Fool, The Hermit and the Magician seem like from a post-1990s-manga type of illustration.
The element correspondences for the minor arcana seem acceptable, associating the fire with the seasons and wheat, the pentacles with earth and the planets. The air element with wind and clouds. The usage of butterflies with the Cups is cute but I'm not sure how justifiable it is in symbolical terms. The worst part is the use of animal heads in many cards where other tarots don't ( even a dog head was thrown in there). It seems it was more for aesthetic reasons than grounded on symbolic meaning.
The perspective and dimensions of the drawings are specially obnoxious in the court cards, where they are mostly out of proportion regarding the space and size. In the King of Pentacles half of the pentacle he holds doesn't appear. ( much like a wrongly centered photograph).
I consider it disrespectful of the classic Wirth Tarot which sadly seems out of print and these opportunists, so-called artists ( amateur at best regarding the drawings) took advatage of this abusing the old name and only adding the word Universal. I blame whomever sold the rights or permitted this. Fortunately it's not happening with many old Tarot decks ( perhaps it is that most old Tarots have people/editors protecting the rights of the great original decks, but in the case of this one has been forgotten or in the hands of people who don't care?)
4 out of 10
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2015 19:16:25 BDT
They seem to have stepped up their game lately, but most decks that LS produced in the 2000s were downright hideous. They even put that horrendous Fool on the box, lol! This is one of the few decks where the pips are more appealing than the majors.
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