Bosch Tarot Cards – 8 Sep 2000
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Cards edition.
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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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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.
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.
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