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African Tarot Cards – 12 Mar 1997

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Product details

  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games; Gmc Crds edition (12 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572810203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572810204
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 8.9 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

An unusual and fun deck of Tarot, modelled on the Rider-Waite but with its own twists. Marvellous to own.

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These cards are great - their simplistic but colourful images are delightful. I was not too sure when I first bought them but they soon grew on me and I am very glad I purchased them now. My only criticism is the small booklet of interpretations they are little too brief, but I suppose because it's such a small pack. If like me you are a novice you will need to have another tarot book on hand to understand readings.
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These are really lovely cards!! I'm so pleased that I got them now. They are nice & shiny too, so easy to handle without sticking etc.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The single cutest tarot deck ever? 2 Dec. 2000
By Renee Byrd - Published on Amazon.com
A lot of people may be put off by the idea of an "African Tarot Deck," thinking that it must involve voudou, arcane tribal symbolism, or just be for black people. Well, I'm a black woman who has shown this deck to white friends -- this deck is completely accessible.
The "African Tarot: Journey into the Self" is a teeny little deck based on Rider-Waite symbology. It also looks like it was drawn by a child with talent -- the sort of art that you'd *want* to put on your fridge. The people are brown and have kinky hair, and they live in an African village -- after that, and a few liberties with the suit cards -- it's a standard deck.
The suits, by the way, are traditionally named. However, the art shows Swords as spears, Cups as gourds and Pentacles as coins or disks. The art is rich and perhaps a tad dark for some, perhaps it's best not to read this one in low light -- but then, it's far from a gothic deck. The back design is equally darling -- two colorful tortoises in the sun, reversed from each other so you can see one of them upright as long as you're holding the card lengthwise. According to the South African author, the Shangaan culture considers this animal a symbol of "the slow coming of justice" -- appropraite enough considering its country of origin.
The cards are approximately 3" x 2.5" and covered with what I assume is a standard, slick coating. This makes them easy to shuffle, but I have a habit of dropping some cards if I'm just going through them while holding them in my hands.
I even find the package a total keeper: a brown, corregated cardboard box with descriptive cards glued to the back and front. A rubberband to keep the box closed and you could probably drop this deck into your backpack and only have the box take damage. However, the box is so cute, why would you want to?
The little booklet inside confirms the image that this is a feel-good deck -- many of the interpretations are positive or at least encouraging of growth. So, while this isn't an all-ocassion deck, I certainly think it's worth a look!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These beautiful cards were a great starting point for me! 18 May 2006
By Reading my way thru life - Published on Amazon.com
I was drawn to this deck of cards long before I ever bought them! Big mistake in taking so long to get them because once I did get them, I loved using them! I was drawn to them because of the cartoonish and really cute images and the beautiful colors and scenes depicted in these cards.

I grew up under strict religious beliefs, and it took me a while to come to terms with my fascination and interest in tarot cards. This deck felt very non-threatening to me, and helped me to familiarize myself with the tarot. It was just a good starting point for me.

The sub-title to these cards: "Journey into the Self" -was also appealing to me, because I didn't feel like I was using the cards for taboos like fortune telling, or spell casting. -I was trying to find out more about myself and the world I live in.

I really like the LWB that comes with the cards. For such a small book, it was extremely helpful and I liked the interpretations. The box is a really cute corregated cardboard.

The images are based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck in that the pictures are so similar. The RWS deck is far more detailed and true to life pictures whereas these are more cartoonish type.

I'd highly recommend this deck. Choosing a deck, especially your first one, is a personal choice and you need to go with one that you have good feelings about and feel comfortable with. If you want to see the whole deck, you can view it at the tarot.com website.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just To Small 14 Oct. 2012
By Janice - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first got the cards I have to say I was very disappointed in the size of the cards and almost dumped them in the trash. Feels like Im dealing with cards for kids. The little booket that came with it I had to use a magnify glass to see the words, (to small). I felt the information in the booket was not enough information but what it did have was ok. I have listed them to see if I could get some people interested in them but nothing so far. Even though the cards are childish I was able to take some good pictures and think there cute but childish. I purchase a lot of cards and this is first time I can actually say I'm sorry I bought them. I would have purchased the american african tarot but I read somewhere it don't give much information either in there booklet, this is why I tried this deck. Sad that the production of these cards were treated cheaply as if they were not good enough to be treated like a nice size oracle cards. A little more information in the booket and the cards made bigger it would have been something great.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Rubbish and an insult to the depth and scope of the African culture 1 Oct. 2011
By Sol Fyre - Published on Amazon.com
Unbeknownst to non-Africans there is a strong movement to end the co-opting, exploitation and misrepresentation of the African culture. These cards are a prime example of the lack of knowledge that the 'artist' (and I use that term loosely) has of the scope and depth that African culture encompasses and it is clear that a non-African produced these cards. It is time for non-Africans to stop using the cultural and intellectual property of Africa for monetary gain. These cards are rubbish and foolish and so are the people who choose to use them (assimilationists are included in that category).
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Pretty, But Impractical 20 Feb. 2014
By Big Liz Conjure - Published on Amazon.com
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They are very nice cards, but I bought them when I was first starting out. I need larger cards that are easier to read, The artwork is not clear for the beginner, but they will make a great deck for an advanced reader.
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