gill1.jpg (17344 bytes)The Gill Tarot Deck Review by C.J. Rose
by Elizabeth Josephine Gill

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pub U.S. Games, 1990
traditional card titles
eight: Strength; eleven: Justice
suits are wands, cups, swords and disks
courts are princess, prince, queen and king
no illustrated pips, captions
backs non-symmetrical
purpose: Prince of Disks, Construction

The Gill Tarot Deck begins with the fundamental tenet of all mystery schools: Know
Thyself. The first paragraph of the LWB says, To be useful for spiritual searching,
a system must offer a mirror in which one can see oneself as objectively as possible,
and it must be a guide to lead the seeker. There must also be a living, growing
dynamic bond between the seeker and the object of study. Without that, nothing
arises except the accumulation of information and an increase in vanity, based on a
view of oneself as being imbued with great amounts of mystical knowledge.

A clew (clue) is a ball of thread that guides us through a labyrinth. Many fairy
stories tell of a clew given by a wise woman to (active royalty in us). As the clew
unwinds and snakes ahead, the seeker may find his/her way through the impenetrable
forest by following it. The clew of the old symbolic stories unravels of its own
volition, suggesting that it is self-regulating, a guide with greater knowledge and
ability than the follower. When you use the Gill Tarot as a mirror, you will find
within it ancient clews, which if followed through your unique forest can help you
towards the center.

On the card backs, each sphere of the Tree of Life has four colors, representing four
kabalistic worlds, levels, elements, suits, and states of being, with this
correspondence: Atziluth: archetypal level, fire, wands, spirit; Briah: emotional and
creative level, water, cups, soul; Yetzirah: formative energy level, air, swords,
mental activity; and Assiah: physical level, earth, disks, physical activity. Its
tricky to sort out the suits, as theyre not color-co-ordinated.

The Gill layout suggests working the serpentine path of the Tree, relating the tenth
card to present circumstance, the ninth to hidden implications, the eighth to mental
function, the seventh to desires, the sixth to heart connections, the fifth to
adversarial influence, the fourth to stabilizing influence, the third to yin, the
second to yang, and the first to aleph and tav, beginning and end, root and pattern
of the Reading.

This Fool has quit the contact. This Magician is a female. This High Priestess is a
waterfall. This Empress is a mountain. This Emperor covers one of four volcanoes
with his foot. This Priest stands on a checkerboard bridge. These Lovers tug at one
another. This Chariot rides away from us. This Strength wears a serpent on a
staff. This Hermit is a snow-capped peak. This Wheel spins the elements. This
Justice of color presides with shepherds crook and flail for protection and rescue.
This Hanged Man is a harlequin in motion. This Death is an angel with no face. This
Temperance is a whirling dervish. This Devil menaces the man of wealth while the
woman of hooves reaches in longing. This Tower is a castle on eroded terrain. This
Star is reflective as the ibis takes off. This Moon weeps. This Sun sparkles on
crystals. This Judgment considers a baby in a crystal egg. This World is
extra-terrestrial.

The minors are named. The Prince of Disks, Construction, offers his example. His
last word brings us back to the admonition to Know Self, through observation,
self-perception, and the willingness to detach from his desires and aversions, The
Prince has constructed the wheel, a symbolic stage which marks a turning point in the
evolution of humanity. This deck marks a turning point in the evolution of Tarot!

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Review Copyright (c) 1997 C.J. Rose

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