cosmic3.jpg (16354 bytes)The Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche 
Review by Michele Jackson 

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This deck, by German artist Norbert Losche, is not your average Waite-Smith clone. Losche drew from the Waite-Smith in some cases, but for the most part, he has reinterpreted the feel and symbolism. The art is very good, and there is good use of color. The colors tend to be soft and muted, but there is enough bolder color to balance this quite nicely.The deck has a modern look and feel; there are few Renaissance scenes or dress, and the symbolism is more "New Age" than most decks. There is an added bonus - celebrities are incorporated into the cards. I remember discussions in past years where we tried to figure out "who was who", but a recent book on the deck by Laura Clarson has shed light on the identities.Some such as Clark Gable as the King of Cups, and Rita Hayworth on the Nine of Pentacles, were rather easy. Tom Cruise as the Prince of Wands never occurred to me, and still doesn't look like him in my opinion, but that is who he is supposed to be. The Majors have retained the traditional names, Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. The suit names are also the traditional Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, and the Court Cards are King, Queen, Prince and Princess. There are scenes on the Minor Arcana, but they are not reminiscent of the Waite-Smith in most cases. They do try to convey the traditional interpretations in most cases, and are fairly successful.

The little booklet that comes with this deck is about par for the course. Upright interpretations are provided and there are a few spreads: a one card, three card, 5 card, seven card and the Celtic Cross. There are also two recently released books written specifically for this deck: "Cosmic Tarot" by Jean Huets, and "Cosmic Tarot: Signposts along the Path" by Laura Clarson. Clarson's book identifies the celebrities, Huet's does not. You can read a review of the Huet's book here, but I haven't gotten around to reviewing Clarson's yet.. I recommend this deck for anyone looking for a modern interpretation of the Tarot, and to collectors. The appearance of the two books for this deck makes it more suitable for beginner's now than I felt it was previously. Losche's symbolism is fairly rich, but different from the traditional and it could be missed by a beginner without the guidance provided by a book written specifically for this deck. See the Cosmic Tarot

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The Cosmic Tarot Deck
Publisher: US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St., Stamford CT, 06902, (800) 544-2637
ISBN: Not available on my deck


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