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Universal Wirth Tarot/Tarot Universal de Wirth Cards – 1 Feb 2008

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Product details

  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds B edition (Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712925
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,860,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lo Scarabeo's Tarot decks have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. With the best Italian and international artists, each Lo Scarabeo deck is an exceptional artistic value.

Commited to developing innovative new decks while preserving the rich tradition of Tarot, Lo Scarabeo continues to be a favorite among collectors and readers.

Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.

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For whatever reason the Lo scarabeo editors got a licence to re-arrange the old Oswald Wirth Tarot Deck.
A shame since it was a perfect transition between the Marseilles and the Rider Waite.
This revised version, released during the 2000s ( many decades after Mr Wirth's death) was "modernized" in a very childish, new age way, making cards like the Fool, The Hermit and the Magician seem like from a post-1990s-manga type of illustration.
The element correspondences for the minor arcana seem acceptable, associating the fire with the seasons and wheat, the pentacles with earth and the planets. The air element with wind and clouds. The usage of butterflies with the Cups is cute but I'm not sure how justifiable it is in symbolical terms. The worst part is the use of animal heads in many cards where other tarots don't ( even a dog head was thrown in there). It seems it was more for aesthetic reasons than grounded on symbolic meaning.
The perspective and dimensions of the drawings are specially obnoxious in the court cards, where they are mostly out of proportion regarding the space and size. In the King of Pentacles half of the pentacle he holds doesn't appear. ( much like a wrongly centered photograph).
I consider it disrespectful of the classic Wirth Tarot which sadly seems out of print and these opportunists, so-called artists ( amateur at best regarding the drawings) took advatage of this abusing the old name and only adding the word Universal. I blame whomever sold the rights or permitted this. Fortunately it's not happening with many old Tarot decks ( perhaps it is that most old Tarots have people/editors protecting the rights of the great original decks, but in the case of this one has been forgotten or in the hands of people who don't care?)

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too confusing for a beginner... or expert! 29 May 2012
By Yumi Koizumi - Published on Amazon.com
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Confusion is an understatement...

From my blog: "The Chalices/Cups suit, which SHOULD be Water, have been confused for Air (as you'd already guessed), with the theme being butterflies (I'm not kidding) throughout, sprinkled with eagles. The Coins are treated properly as earth, and the Wands I like the best. Not only are the Wands almost always shown on fire (like they should), but on the 3 of wands you get a head shot of what is apparently the owner's Labrador Retriever. I wish I was kidding. I'd love to hear from anyone regarding how they can possibly divinate with a straight face using this deck..."

Oh, and for those of you saying that "It's no problem switching them around, as this is in the style of some Spanish school of thought", I would point out that the LWB gave all traditional interpretations.

I'll try to add pictures to the product page so you can see what I mean... It is NOT a slight difference.

Oh, and since it's Lo Scarebo the paper is of fair/poor quality. Not to worry, this deck won't get worn out.
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit different 22 Feb. 2017
By Carrie Kindle Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
This deck has interesting art, but the borders are a bit intrusive. I haven't actually tried reading with it yet, I really like the watery sword illustrations but am not sure how to read with them. Worth buying for me since I enjoy collecting the different ways of illustrating Tarot, but if you are looking for a deck to read with be sure to google this deck and take a careful look that the images will work for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars a great illustrated deck and modernized version of the Oswald Wirth ... 13 May 2015
By TW - Published on Amazon.com
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Surprised by the Cups association with Air and Swords association with Water, but ultimately, a great illustrated deck and modernized version of the Oswald Wirth Tarot.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Universal Wirth Tarot 14 Nov. 2013
By Madame Zohzar - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this deck. It is a good alternative to the Oswald Wirth deck especially if you have been accused in the past of not playing with a full deck.
More seriously, the colors and artwork are great. The imagery is evocative.Some previous knowledge of tarot would be useful, so it might not be a newbe deck.
I am pleased to have this deck in my collection along with many of LoScarabeo's fine decks.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pictures speak 23 Feb. 2011
By PattyLu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
I am presently immersed in studying how to read the Tarot cards, and also trying to develop my ESP to help. This deck is the one I felt drawn to, although I purchased about ten different Tarot decks. I am still trying to learn the techniques that will work for me. The artwork is beautiful in this deck.
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