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BOSCH TAROT (cards) Cards – 21 Feb 2002

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: LO SCARABEO; UK ed. edition (21 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8883951360
  • ISBN-13: 978-8883951367
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These fantastic images, inspired by paintings of the Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch, describe a world which is not unreal even though it might seem so. They express the psyche's daily activity through the use of human, animal, and plant allegories.

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By Throda tzen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2015
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This is not –as you might expect, a tarot pack that uses snippets of work by Flemish painter Hieronymous Bosch, but one that simply emulates his strange and bizarre creations. They are drawn in an almost ‘cartoon’ style and are thus less terrifying than Bosch’ works and almost makes them ‘cute’ and not at all dark and frightening as with the paintings. Colours are bold and bright and each card bears a good pictoral scene, even if some do come across as quite basic.
My main problem with this deck is that the cards are very flimsy and will not stand up to much usage, they seem to be aimed at ‘collectors’ rather than actual readers. The accompanying book also supports this as, although 64 pages, only 10 are in English and the interpretations are weak and basic to say the least so is not for beginners [unless you get a book of interpretations to go with it] [lose a *].
This is a set that you’ll either love or hate. Take a good look on a search engine to see the images before buying to make sure you’ll like them or not. I found the set easy to use as the cards follow a traditional numbering system and title, but the graphics are sometimes bewildering for the wrong reasons. Death looks a little well fed and inquiring, the Devil has a cute little smile and neither are anything like Bosch’ renderings.
Some reviewers have said this is a ‘dark’ set, mine is anything but - although it does exhibit underlying calamity. Children will love its imagery. Yes, there is some nudity, but its not erotic. I’d give *** as I felt let down by the imagery [which was my choice to buy], but the quality won’t last so I have to mark it down to a grudging **** [and my pack bears me out on this!].
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tarot of the Dark Side. 16 Oct. 2001
By doctordruidphd - Published on Amazon.com
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If you ever wondered what Darth Vader's tarot deck looks like, this is pretty close. Drawing upon the artwork of Hieronymous Bosch, a Flemish painter who lived from about 1450 - 1510, the Bosch Tarot from Lo Scarabeo, via Llewellyn, offers a glimpse into a truly nightmare world. Considering the time in which Bosch lived, the artwork is futuristic, rivaling the best modern horror and fantasy work, if not surpassing it. There is some nudity, although it is not erotic. Some of the cards are truly beautiful, while others will take your breath away for other reasons. Here are plant, animal and human chimeras in abundance, inhabiting a world that is both twisted, and at the same time too close to reality for comfort. The real horror is that this is a world that almost could be, a mixture of post-nuclear holocaust and demonic possession.
The cards themselves are standard, being 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana, with the usual suits and court cards. The artwork is brightly colored against a black border that makes them almost glow; as with all Lo Scarabeo decks, the quality of the cards themselves is high. Names for the major arcana are given in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, with labels for the minor arcana indicating the rank of the court card and the name of the suit for the numbered cards. In many cases the artwork on the minor arcana cards is neither symbolic nor descriptive of the card's meaning, making many of the numbered cards little more than fancy pips. The little booklet that comes with the deck is a generic description of the Tarot and a list of standard meanings; it is not specific to this deck, giving nothing of its history or background. Perhaps that is, in this case, for the better.
In spite of the strangeness and frightfulness of many of its images, this deck has a place in the repertoire of serious Tarot students and readers. For those who interpret the Tarot in terms of psychology, here is every fear phantasm and paranoid complex that can be imagined, and then some. On a more spiritual level, the major arcana depict the same archetypes as the usual decks, only appearing in a strange and twisted world. A world, perhaps some might feel, that is really not all that different than the horrors of modern "civilization" depicted artistically. In terms of divination, as I said, this is a deck of what might happen and what the world could become, given certain trends in modern culture.
This is not a deck for the weak of heart or the weak of mind. Those who insist that the Oracle yield up sweetness and light at every turn should look elsewhere. It takes a certain amount of spiritual strength to confront the Dark Side, but those who fail to master the darkness -- metaphysically or psychologically -- will eventually find themselves mastered by it. One could think of this as a deck of the Otherworld, which Celtic lore teaches is not a world of punishment and suffering, but a world secrets, teachings and magic that is simply different from our own. In this context, it might well be the ideal deck for Samhain/Halloween readings. If you like art that shows how twisted the world might really be, and tarots that show how the future might turn out once the "blinken" are removed, you might enjoy -- in a fiendish sort of way -- this excellent and stunning set of images.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting deck for meditation 16 Dec. 2009
By Hayward H. Siegel - Published on Amazon.com
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This deck is not for card spread readings. However, meditation upon the cards is thought provoking and meaningful. At first glance, I would not have given the deck 5 stars, notwithstanding my delight with the illustrations on the cards, because I originally found it virtually impossible to understand how the illustrations on the cards relate to Tarot. This was based upon my knowledge of other Tarot decks. But, I did not give up! I kept on trying to understand this deck, and with the aid of the LWB included with the deck, I started, little by little, to understand how the illustrations relate to the meanings of Tarot cards. I must point out at this time, that most of the LWBs included in decks by Lo Scarabeo do not aid you that much in understanding the cards, but the one in this deck is different; if it were not for the LWB in this deck, I wouldn't have had any idea about how to interpret the cards. It was stated, that Bosch, whose artwork was the inspiration for this deck, lived in the 16th Century, when the imagination was shaped by stories about Heaven and Hell. I knew that during said century, the Church and the State influenced the thinking and actions of the population, through their written and unwritten rules. People had to worry about survival in this life, plus worry about salvation or damnation in the hereafter. Bosch painted scenes in which the fears and anxieties of mankind were pictured, using monstrous, diabolical and grotesque imagery. By understanding the reasoning behind Bosch's artwork, in conjunction with the text of the LWB, I was able to, slowly but surely, obtain some understanding of what most of the cards were trying to express. I still have some difficulty with some of the cards, especially the Court cards and the Chalice suit. It is my belief that the theme of the cards is, that there is a constant conflict between what the individual desires to do, and what the Church and State requires and expects him/her to do. What fascinates me, is that I don't know if each of the cards is either telling us to follow the rules of Society, or is thumbing its nose at said rules. Getting to the cards, the Major Arcana cards are absolutely beautiful, with the use of vibrant colors. The Court cards are also well illustrated, appear like those in most traditional decks, but include strange looking scenery and grotesque looking creatures. The pip cards are surreal in nature, loaded with grotesque looking creatures and strange looking objects. This is a deck which should be purchased for its artwork and meditative qualities.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Deck 16 Nov. 2015
By Melody Hewson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is actually the second version of this deck that I've ordered. The first one was unfortunately ruined several years ago.
The back is not reversible, but it's much more attractive than the deck I had last time. I like the simple bronze pattern with the tiny image of a kneeling old man. It's very subtle, so it does not draw the eye when it's not supposed to, but it's decorated enough to not be completely bland.
The imagery is very dreamlike and very much in the spirit of the artist it's named for. The card stock is sturdy but not laminated, which I appreciate. Laminated cards are for poker, not divination.
That said, I only keep this deck as a collector's item. I personally can not read with them. I've seen readings done with them and done well, but they're just a little TOO abstract for me. I ignore the LWBs so I assume it's just like every other LWB, where it lists the card and gives a single line interpretation of the card without going into any depth.

That said, the artwork is beautiful and thought provoking, so if you're just looking for a collector deck, this one is VERY well worth the price and will even make for a good conversation piece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Mar. 2016
By bz - Published on Amazon.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Obscura 2 Aug. 2013
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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This deck truly brings to the foreground the artist's vision. If you love him, and even if you are not a tarot aficionado, you have to have this deck for the pure art value. Don't hesitate.
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