Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights

Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights, 78 individually illustrated cards with decorative miniature images from the stories of this name by Leon Carre, published by Lo Scarabeo. A little white booklet is included in the pack with a few words of divinatory meaning for each card in English and 4 other languages. 

The wonderful collection of Middle Eastern tales have inspired this deck. The wicked Sultan Schahriar has an endless stream of brides who come to his chamber each night. After the wedding night is over, he has them killed. But the clever Scheherazade weaves him an endless story that holds his attention night after night. He falls in love with her and spares her life and they live happily ever after - so the story goes!

This deck is a magic carpet ride of wonder and delight. Every card has an individual image. Readings are very dependent on the readers' ability to connect to the Otherworld though the images and the stories the cards pertain to. 

A 15 card reading is suggested titlted The Garden of Scheherazade. Traditional tarot card meanings are opened to include the wider storyline which helps with creativity and intuition for the reader. Upright and reversed meanings are provided in a few words in the lwb. The backs do not give away the fall of the cards and depict Scherazade in a garden with a rose and a reflective pond. A jewellers' eye glass adds to the enjoyment of these cards. 

This is a fascinating tarot deck for those who enjoy imaginative journeys and seek a tarot deck that will stimulate them! Let your imagination run loose! Review by Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk



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