Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Ancient Italian Tarot

Circle Network Review: Ancient Italian Tarot, published by Lo Scarabeo.

This is a highly ornate deck which is a joy to work with. The Major cards have Roman and Arabic  numerals and the title of the card is in Latin. The Minor cards are Rods, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, with seasons allotted for each. They were once related to the lion, bull, eagle and man, and to the elements, fire, earth, air and water. All cards below 6 were removed from the deck. Court cards probably finally called 'coat' cards. Mediaeval monks used a system of memory training known as mnemonics, with pictures to aid recollection. The Romany word for card deck is 'tar' from Sanskrit 'taru'. Eliphas Levy considered the tarot and Cabala were related. Papua, a doctor of medicine, published Tarot of the Bohemians, he considered the major arcana to be a spiritual journey. A superb deck! Review: Wendy Stokes

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