Book of Thoth Etteilla Tarot: 78 full colour tarot cards and instruction booklet Paperback – 13 Jun 2012
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The Etteilla decks are not split into Major and Minor Arcana as in the much later Waite type decks, but into the original three ‘lathes or foundations’. The 22 Superior give the general nature of the situation or question, the 16 Median define the people involved while the 40 inferior define the ideas or feelings of the situation. The 64 page booklet is sufficient to explain the basic usage and interpretations of the cards, but only the first 14 pages are actually relevant to English readers, the remaining pages are for Italian, Spanish, French and German users. Of course, experienced users can use your own favoured technique or interpretations should you so desire, whilst novices can use any instruction book they have to hand.
As for the depictions, these are readily found on an internet search and buyers should view these to see if this deck is for you. For those looking for a cheaper set than the ’Grande Ettillia 1’ [ the Egyptian Gypsies Tarot] this isn’t a bad choice, as many of the cards have very similar themes, but a differing graphic style. To me it’s a beautiful deck with plenty of atmosphere to them but has a more mediaeval French feel. An excellent set for playing the game as it is correctly numbered, but not yet evaluated for the fortune telling side.
My only criticism are the rather scant instructions. This wouldn't normally be a problem as there are many books on the market that explain the tarot but "The Book of Thoth Etteilla Tarot is not a standard tarot pack by any means.
It has the right number of cards and a minor and major arcana but there are marked differences with what has become the norm.
It requires a completely different method of interpretation too and will take a little getting used to.
Having said that it really is a beautiful pack and worth the effort of learning.