In the last few months I felt like two people fighting to write a review. The Game of Saturn, Decoding the Sola-Busca tarocchi by author Peter Mark Adams (Scarlet Imprint) is a tough nut to crack. The Game of Saturn is the first extensive scientific research in the English language on this rather special historical tarot deck, but that is also where my difficulty lay: I am not just a tarot reader. I am a historian as well and both parts of my brain read the book in a different way. After starting over several times I finally decided which course to take and this is the result. The Game of Saturn might just be the most talked about book of the last year in what you could loosely call ‘the historical tarot community’. With his thesis esotericist, tarot reader and professional energy worker Peter Mark Adams delivered the first scientifically charged book on ‘that weird deck’, which also happens to be the oldest surviving complete tarot – and a museum piece at that. Up until now historical tarot readers had scarce materials about decks older than the Waite Smith, and the Sola Busca in particular, and there’s still a lot…
How to read with the Minchiate Fiorentine
Unravel the mysteries of this layered beauty in 7 tips
A mini-turorial by Djamila Zon
The Minchiate Fiorentine Tarot is a Tarocchi extraordinaire. Different images and a lot of extra very specific Major Arcana. These extra 19 cards make this Tuscan beauty a challenge. The Minchiate Tarot is a study deck to the nth degree, but worth every minute. It didn’t push aside all other tarot decks in popularity in the 17th and 18th century for nothing. If you are on the brink of losing your heart to this very special Ancient Italian this mini-tutorial on The Queen’s Sword will help you get a head start.
The Minchiate Tarocchi is one of those decks that seems to be acquired later in one’s tarot life. When you can read with more systems or when a decent appetite for traditional decks has been developed. Just like a lot of readers I figured the Minchiate Tarot decks were collector’s items. With all those cards and differences it could not be a reading deck, right? This review, particularly of the Il Meneghello Minchiate Fiorentine Etruria from 1725, aims to describe deck & system, but most
Their 2016 Pagan Otherworlds Tarot and Invited Artist line are good examples and the in 2018 to be released Supra Oracle promises the same. So when I found out that artist duo Linnea & Peter released a Modern Tarot de Marseille during my Traditional Tarot month I was super excited. Let’s see if their slightly spicy TdM called Eros: Garden of Love Tarot is quality too.
Uusi has a name to uphold when it comes to their card
What’s new in the world of Traditional Tarot for the coming months, up until 2018? A few decks mentioned in last year’s article are still being worked on. Michael Bridge-Dickson’s Arcanum X Tarot for example*, the Tarot Maria Celia is supposedly coming end this year through USGS, the New Choice Tarot (see below). The entrees below were the designers and publishers that answered my call when asked: who is going to treat us on some mighty fine traditionally inspired tarot books & decks? SOLA BUSCA BOOK AND DECK: pre-order The “first faithful reproduction in 500 years” of the enigmatic 1491 Sola-Busca tarocchi will be available from the fine esoteric publishers, Scarlet Imprint, in the Fall of 2017. The pre-order for the deck started in September, shipping commences from mid-October. The Sola-Busca is not only the earliest complete tarocchi deck in existence, created by a master engraver, it is one of the finest in execution, richness of symbolism and esoteric import. Created for a Venetian patrician client, it’s fully illustrated minor suit provided Pamela Coleman-Smith with the template for the minor cards of the Smith-Waite deck. The deck will be accompanied by a 66 page sewn booklet, ‘A Guide to…