The Shakespeare Oracle: Let the Bard Predict Your Future Paperback – 26 Sep 2003
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The best of two worlds - divination and Shakespeare - are brought together in this illustrated tarot deck. "The Shakespeare Oracle" capitalizes on the great bard's prophetic wisdom, as well as the archetypes that populate his work (for example, Puck as Magician, Romeo and Juliet as Lovers). With instructions and custom-made readings, the accompanying book offers food for thought for Shakespeare lovers. The cards and book together should make a useful divination system.
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At first glance, I was struck by the chunkiness of the cards. This deck is typical of an over-sized tarot set, but the cards seem thicker. I am 6'2" with large hands and I still find it problematic to shuffle this deck. I often find myself having to cut the deck in half in order to shuffle it.
The cards contain artwork that is apropos for the Elizabethan era. The colors are not too vibrant and have the feeling of old woodcuts. I am quite happy with the major arcana: the selection of artwork for each card is more than apt. It is in the minor arcana that this deck fails. The minor arcana follows the typical four suits (albeit transposed into sceptres, chalices, coins, and quills) of other decks. But, in other decks you will find what this minor arcana is lacking: art. Unfortunately, the artwork on the minor arcana is beyond boring. For example, a VI of Coins simply shows 6 coins and a scroll. Each minor arcana card is differentiated by these scrolls; each card of the minor arcana contains a quote plucked from the Bard in order to aid in interpretation. While some of these quotes are perfectly in line with standard interpretations of tarot meaning, others are a little more ambiguous and without a firm understanding of Shakespearian archetypes or tarot interpretation, a user will find himself going back to the book again and again to get an accurate interpretation.
So overall, it is a good set, especially if you are a fan of the Bard. The artwork on the major arcana really makes this deck a worthwhile addition to your tarot collection. But, I would recommend having a tarot book close by to help you through the minor arcana if you do not have the suits completely memorized by number alone.
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