exp19.jpg (11968 bytes)The Experimental Tarot                    Review by Michele Jackson

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The Experimental Tarot deck represents the newest step in Tarot Art. The deck was drawn entirely on a computer using CorelDraw software. This deck draws from varied sources in its interpretations, including the Seth Readings, the teachings of Osho, Astrology and the writings of Richard Bach. The artwork is good, with simple lines and good use of color. The borders of each card are color coded by suit with Earth bordered in green, Air in sky blue, Water in turquoise, Fire in red and the Majors in purple. Each suit has a symbol as well. The titles of the Majors have been changed as follows:
Both the Majors and Minors each have a one word interpretation written on them in English and German: The Minors have the interpretations written across the top and the Majors have them written along the sides. The suit names have been replaced by the elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth, and the Court Cards are Father, Mother Son and Daughter. The interpretations of the cards have been changed from the traditional in many cases and each card has an astrological attribution in the lower left hand corner. These attributions are not the standard Golden Dawn based assignments.
 
exp1f.jpg (9910 bytes)The booklet that comes with deck does a good job of explaining the interpretations. Each card also has a “Theme for Contemplation”, which is usually an activity or question to ask yourself; an “Affirmation” and a “Hint”. The Hints usually tell you how to apply the message of the card to your daily life. The artist states that The Elemental Tarot deck had a strong influence on him. I do not have this deck, so I can not comment, however it is my understanding that a few of the cards are similar in style to the Elemental deck. I personally see a strong Eastern philosophical influence in the interpretations, somewhat similar to the Osho Zen and Osho Neo decks.
Traditionalists may find this deck distressing as most of the Golden Dawn correspondences, interpretations and attributions have been reworked, however those looking for a fresh approach to the tarot will find this deck quite interesting.
 
 
You can view the entire deck by visiting The Experimental Tarot Homepage
 
The Experimental Tarot
ISBN: 3-905017-83-0
You can order a signed copy from the artist at the site listed above.

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