Russian Tarot of St Petersburg Paperback – 30 Sep 1997
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The book by Cynthia Giles is very informative about the deck and russian history, something that has often interested me, but unfortunately may not be of as much use to me untill the deck that I have just now ordered arrives.
Just something to be aware of before purchasing.
I highly recommended this original and friendly deck, it makes you feel good inside and is very functional to read with.
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It captures the "Palekh" or slow style of painting. My deck fits inside of a nice little Palekh box. Sometimes a single hair brush is used to capture the details, which these images are full of! The images are set during the Russian middle ages for the most part. That is until the devil card appers. It is none other than Stalin! Rather outrageous. Ivan the Terrible just doesnt hold the same impact. It works flawlessly.
The deck uses standard Rider/Waite symbols, yet it seems a hard beginner deck. Perhaps it is the colors, or lack of. All of the backgrounds are black, bringing that somber, Russian mood to each card. This deck works well for collectors or those "Russo-philes" like myself. Get out your samovars and prepare a Russian Tea with plenty of company.
For a beginner? I wouldn't recommend this deck. They would be difficult to use, but if you are experienced, or simply like to collect unusual cards, these will make a wonderful addition to your collection, or a fine gift for someone interested and already knowledgeable about Tarot.