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Deviant Moon Tarot

04/21/2013 at 3:20 PM

Tags reviews 20th century modern

I have had my eye on this deck for some time and finally picked up a copy, and am very pleased with the purchase.  The deck is fully pictured and appears to be entirely original in its artwork.  The cards are printed on nice durable stock that seems like it would stand up well to use.  The deck includes a booklet with original interpretations of each card, both upright and reversed, with well-written prose alongside each, telling the story or describing the image on each card.

As the rest of my decks have been temporarily mislaid, this deck will be both my gaming deck and my divination deck for a while.

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Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags 15th century reviews medieval visconti

The first thing that struck me upon opening this box was the sheer size of the cards. The box is no deception; that's really the size of the cards. At first I was impressed, but then I started thinking about shuffling and laying out the cards for a reading, and I have to say I'm a little dubious that they would of very much utility for everyday use.

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I 55 Tarocchi di Alan

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags 20th century modern reviews

I have not come across too many decks that would be equally suited to divination or gameplay, but this is one. The artwork is bright, cheerful, and amusing. Each card, including the pips, has its own illustration and a word to go along with it. In that way, it would be great to use for divination. The reason I say it would be good to use for gameplay as well is that all of the cards, including the pips, are reversible, and the cards seem extremely durable to me. I am thrilled with this deck. Personally, I intend to use this one for gameplay, because I think it will be certain to impress my guests. If I spoke Italian or if the included documentation had been in English, I might be more inclined to use it for cartomancy.

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Rider Waite Tarot

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags the hermetic tradition reviews rider waite smith

When the Rider Tarot Deck® was created, it was the only one of its kind. Still, at this point, opening a RWS deck in its distinctive yellow box, I don't expect to see many surprises. Someone once told me, "If you think you NEED a tarot deck, then you NEED a Rider Waite deck." I'm not sure I'd go quite that far but certainly no collection would be complete without this one. If you have the uncanny feeling, when looking at this deck, that you've seen its shapes and symbols before -- you're not imagining it.

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Pierpont Morgan Visconti Sforza Tarocchi Deck

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags medieval 15th century reviews

As with the Cary Yale deck, I have concerns about how usable the cards are just because of their sheer size, but again ? as a collector's piece it is exquisite. The images are very high resolution, better than anything you'll find anywhere on the internet. The backs are entirely plain, again. The Pierpont Morgan deck originally contained 78 cards, and of these 74 are remaining. US Games has recreated the other 4 cards in order to make a functional deck. These have not been executed with the same level of skill that was possessed by the master who originally painted the deck, but they are nonetheless beautiful in their own right. The documentation that comes with the set is extensive for such a small booklet; each card is pictured, described, and assigned a divinatory meaning.

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Ancient Tarot of Lombardy

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags reviews the enlightenment 19th century

This deck is precisely what it purports to be; the pictures on the box are an accurate representation of the artwork in the deck itself. The deck design is utilitarian in nature, and so might be appropriate for game play. Neoclassical artwork leaves me cold, but if that's what you like then you should expect to be very pleased by this deck. Though not in my favorite style, I must admit that the engravings are quite fine and the illustrations are beautiful examples of their period.

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Morgan-Greer Tarot

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags 20th century modern reviews

This has long been one of my favorite decks. Heavily influenced by the Rider Waite Smith deck, the Morgan-Greer Tarot features vibrant, rich illustrations in natural looking palettes, with a sort of hippie-ish, art nouveau, stained glass kind of feel to the artwork. I realize not everyone likes this deck, but it remains a trusty sidekick to me. I find the symbolism in the artwork friendly and easy to read, which makes it the ideal deck for everyday use, for me. I own two; one that is precious to me for its memories, and a new one that I use for reference and to play around with when I'm trying to figure things out.

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Tarocco Bolognese

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags gaming decks reviews modern

I'm new to tarot gaming, so I only knew a couple of things to look for in a good gaming Tarot deck, but I think I've found a style I like. This deck features reversible images for each of the court cards and the trumps, so that you don't have to turn your cards around while you are playing, which could lead to your opponent learning about your hand. This deck has been well designed to be easily legible, and seems quite functional. Unlike some other gaming decks I have seen, it is easy to tell the pages from the knights. The artwork is simple but attractive, with bold lines and a bright primary color scheme. The cards themselves are fully coated and quite sturdy, entirely appropriate for everyday use in gameplay. Despite these relatively modern features, the deck still has a great deal of old world charm.

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Petit Etteilla

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags reviews etteilla 18th century french grimaud the hermetic tradition french suits

I think this deck would be more useful to me if I spoke French, because then the markings on the cards would make a great deal more sense to me. Even as it is, I find the deck charming. They're not kidding about the Petit part though. The deck is small in size, the cards are thin, and there are only 32 of them. More than half the box is taken up with the miniature paperback that comes inside the little box.

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Tarot de Marseille

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags marseilles pattern reviews 18th century the enlightenment

There's nothing particularly fancy about this deck, but it is very much what it claims to be. It is a very neat, orderly looking Marseilles pattern Tarot, with each card bearing a white background and primary colors for the illustrations. It doesn't deviate much from what you'd expect in a Marseilles deck, except that the captions and indices are very crisp and easy to read -- and moreover, the are in English! This pleased me. Personally, I have no intention of using it for divination, as I consider the Marseille pattern to be a primarily gaming deck, but that's just me. This deck is certainly durable enough to stand up to the wear of everyday use, and while the figure cards are not reversible, their clear indices would still make it pleasant to play with.

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