5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An interesting deck,
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This review is from: Golden Dawn Magical Tarot Deck (Paperback)
I liked the way this deck comes with a little booklet which fits into an overall casing. As for the cards themselves, some of the designs are innovative and whilst I admit I really like this deck, I found some of the cards garish. I like the way the minor arcana have keywords of meaning at the bottom and the major trumps have their path attributation in terms of the hebrew letters (from the Golden Dawn arrangement). I felt a little let down by the minor arcana as the images are very basic eg 4 of swords only has a picture of literally 4 swords. There seems to be a lesser level of detail on the minor trumps than say the standard Rider-Waite deck. Although, I was impressed when I found most of the cards are painted in the system of the Golden Dawn flashing colours. The booklet which comes with the deck is comprehensive including a GD style ritual for consecrating the cards. The cards also have a distinctively egyptian-flavour and include symbolism from the GD rituals. Interestingly, I detected an undercurrent of Thelemic symbolism in some of the cards too. The deck is good as a divination tool, but it is clear that it is also designed for deeper use of the tarot such as meditation, ritual work etc.
I like this deck and would recommend it especially those into the Golden Dawn.