The Grail Tarot: A Templar Vision (Book & Deck) Cards – 27 Jul 2007
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"The Grail Tarot" re-tells the fabulous grail legend - one of the most famous mysteries the world has ever known - and relates the quest for the sacred Christian relic to our desire to understand the puzzle of our own lives. Characters drawn from over 2,000 years of fascinating Grail history - including the enigmatic Knights Templar - now take their place in the Major Arcana of this superb deck, with the suits represented by the four Grail Hallows: cup, spear, sword and stone. Giovanni Caselli's stunning art is inspired by the beautiful Renaissance paintings of Piero della Francesca. When the cards of the four minor suits, and the majors, are laid face-up and side by side, each group forms a complete story, in the style of an Italian fresco.
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Anyone already familiar with the tarot may struggle with some of the symbols used, especially for the trumps. Trump 6 for example, called The Lovers in most decks, is called The Two Knights of The Temple, and, for me it doesn't convey the essential meaning of The Lovers. I feel that Christ/Magdalene would have been better. The commetary in the book does, however, eventually get to the essence of the card's meaning.
All in all, though, I'm delighted with this deck and have benefited considerably from working with it. An insightful and meditative reading may even reveal some Grail secrets!
This well researched deck is unique, because the Major Arcana cards form one long picture when placed side by side. The art is detailed and evocative and the style seems fitting to the legend of the Grail, although the colouring is a little dull in places. The deck is loosely based on the Rider-Waite with the names of all the Major arcana cards changed to something that better represents the story of the Grail although the Rider-Waite system is still present. The suits are renamed to Stones (Pentacles), Vessels(Cups)and Lances (Wands), Swords obviously stay the same :)
The accompanying well bound and presented book offers a good introduction to its subject and goes on to list every card in detail, accompanied by a sepia graphic. Each card picture is described and then its background and the story behind the card is explained. Followed by the cards meaning with accompanying keywords as a quick reference.
John Matthews writing is easy to understand, in-depth and friendly. His knowledge of the Grail and its application to the Tarot is insightful and eye opening. He not only teaches the reader about the legend of the Grail but portrays the Tarot in a different and meaningful way. Double enjoyment for reader and seeker alike.
The borderless cards are a good thickness with a smooth glossy finish on the picture side, but have an unfinished back. They are slightly bigger than standard. They come in an box, in which the cards are inserted into the middle, with the accompanying book places on top.Read more ›
Pictorially it is superb. Each card fits exactly onto the touching cards to depict a single picture of the quest for the Holy Grail. it is wonderful and a joy to work with.