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on 6 April 2014
This is a magnificent deck.
It's a special edition, so it has golden details in all the cards, which are gorgeous. A feast for the senses. Truly beautiful.
Just like any Lo Scarabeo deck, the card measures are uniform (12 cm high and 6,6 cm wide) and they have the name written in six languages (english, italian, french, spanish, german and dutch). The little white book is written in 5 languages. Maybe they forgot the sixth.
The cards are the reproduction of the images in Botticelli paintings (or so they seem). Atanas Atanassov did a great job.They are the right thickness, glossy and easy to shuffle. The images are very realistic and look like miniature paintings. Very well drawn. Great quality cards. The publisher managed to do this quite well, since the cards have no gold coming out of them (like a hay house deck i used to own) and they are well laminated.
Mythical creatures, gods, goddesses, angels, kings and queens, as well as the common man populate this deck. The figures, scenes and expressions are well chosen to convey the meaning of each card, although there are a few surprises (somes cards are different than expected). Pleasant ones, i might add. The imagery is all period time, with rich vivid colors.
I love this deck, but it's not for a beginner, since there are a few puzzling images that do not match the traditional pictures for certain cards. Regardless of how well chosen they are, these images will probably confuse a person with little or no knowledge of the tarot. The beginner can get a good book and overcome this obstacle after a while and a lot of meditation on the image and the matter in question.
The Lo Scarabeo little white book is bad as always (no surprise there). Two or three key words for each card (strange meanings), only one spread (Star of Soloman) and a somewhat vague explanation on how to interpret the cards.
However, i did not order this deck thinking about the little white book, so i will not concern myself with it.
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on 7 April 2016
These are a real treasure.I at one point had decided I would stay away from Lo scarabeo products,after being disappointed with two I had purchased previously.But after seeing pictures of this deck online I couldn't resist it.It is truly a work of art,not only beautiful but thought has clearly gone into making it a 'Readable ' deck too,with the images fitting well with traditional tarot meanings.
The booklet is unfortunately 12 pages rather than 64 as it's multi language,but does give brief meanings and a spread.I do really wish these cards had been released in a boxset with a companion book that explained the meanings more and told about Botticelli's life and works.
No tarot collection could be complete without this deck.
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on 18 June 2015
I have fallen in love with this deck, the gold on the cards makes this truly beautiful and majestic.
The art work is brilliant...totally in awe.
I just wish the sides of the cards had been gilt edged too, then would be in 7th heaven
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on 21 April 2008
Bought one deck for myself and gave two of them away to more experienced tarot readers. Beautiful gold leaf details. Card meaning are similar to traditional decks like the Rider-Waite, but you have to be familiar with that deck to recognize it. A pleasure for the eye.
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on 7 August 2014
Love these cards .. Its a lovely deck so happy got them
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on 4 September 2014
An absolutely beautyfull deck,,, well worth the money
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on 11 January 2017
Gorgeous deck.
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