The vivid colors and medieval imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement makes for a tarot deck that is rich with a sense of mystery and romance. Luigi Costa, illustrator of the Mystical Tarot Deck (9780738753782), has created a work of unsurpassed beauty and deep spiritual power.
This deck, based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith cards, is at once cryptic and insightful, the perfect combination of qualities for readers and collectors alike.
78 Cards and instructions
The companion booklets for most Lo Scarabeo decks are in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
Boxed deck measures - 7.62 x 3.18 x 12.7 cm
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One need not know about the mid 1800's Pre-Raphaelite movement in painting to appreciate the sheer artistic merit of these beautiful cards. Colourful, borderless images without titles, only unobtrusive numbers (icons for the courts), the deck follows the familiar Waite images closely enough for practical purposes. The only material departure from tradition is that the Death card shows no skeleton, only its scythe above the melancholy image of a (dead?) lady sinking (floating?) in a placid body of water. (A fallen crown and bishop's mitre below this do reference the Waite image; I quickly got used to this card. Besides, it is in keeping with the superstitious habit of not naming this card in older decks, only here it is the image which has been so treated) The lavishly ornate backs are a riot of flowers, peacocks, and owls, and look best against the background of a plainer reading cloth, rather than a busy print. Easily one of my very favourite Waite tradition decks.