- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: CICO Books; Nov Pap/Cr edition (14 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904991041
- ISBN-13: 978-1904991045
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.2 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Tarot - Box Set -INC 78 Tarot cards +64 page Booklet Paperback – 14 Aug 2014
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About the Author
Liz Dean is a writer and editor working in the mind, body and spirit field. The author of The Art of Tarot (Cico Books, 2001), she has been reading and researching Tarot cards for over ten years. She has broadcast on the subject on live radio, and is also a musician.
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Things I love about this deck:
* the artwork - clear, very pleasing to the eye, cute.
* the reverse of the cards show a tree with apples on it and is reversible (i.e. you would be able to tell that a card is reversed without having to turn it over).
* uses lovely pastel shades with a touch of vibrant shades to balance the deck and avoids it becoming bland.
* the Devil has a picture of a girl with a red angel on one shoulder and a white angel on the other - a much more toned down image than is used in other decks.
* the Death card depicts a woman looking at a new sapling whilst in the background a fully grown tree has withered and died - no Grim Reapers or skeletons here.
Things that I didn't like so much about these cards:
* PIP CARDS ARE NOT PICTORIAL! Having put so much effort in toning down the more intimidating cards like the Tower, Hanged Man, Death and Devil and making them into less fearful, almost 'cute' cards to encourage the beginner, they then go and make the pip cards just the number of the items itself - i.e. the famous 9 of Swords is just 9 Swords - no women having nightmares or looking anguished. As a beginner how will you intuit the meanings of these cards?Read more ›
Unless you're not really that interested in learning to read the Tarot, or if it's for someone young or just want a deck more for the odd-occasional use, then this Tarot set is a good option. The major arcana cards are beautifully illustrated with bright, bold colours and more 'friendly' illustrations on some of the more daunting cards than most decks. Hence why it would be a good choice for younger people. For example, the death card in this deck shows instead, a woman standing next to a blossoming tree and behind her, one that has withered away. Personally, I think it's also a nice reminder, and an easy-to-understand symbolic image of the card's true meaning.
My biggest problem with this deck is that none of the minor arcana cards are pictured, which therefore makes it hard to interpret them and unless you have a good memory, means you then need to look up the meaning in the book. This I've found tends to get a bit annoying after a while.
Also the cards are quite big to handle, and if you have small hands, attempting to shuffle 78 of them isn't easy!Read more ›
The deck is not frightful and some of the scary cards were toned down, at the same time, the booklet gave a good meaning for each card, giving each of the major arcana keywords to help your learning process. It also has the meaning of the reversed cards, which is so much more than the opposite of upright. Although I can see how it is useful for a beginner to know when a card is reversed before folding it it sort of goes against the premise that you should fold the card as you feel you should. Personally, when I see a reversed card, I tend to leave it reversed. However, this is a beginners' set, it's great to learn and you could always get more professional deck later if you've learnt how to interpret the cards and intend to take Tarot really seriously.
The only downside is that the cards don't come in a velvet pouch but you can keep your deck and booklet in the handy sturdy box.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought these for a friend for Xmas
she's very pleased with them.
And also contains a booklet.
The descriptions of each card can be a little vague in the included booklet and I feel they don't capture the cards true meaning but for a first deck of cards for a beginner like... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Henry