New Tarot Deck
This black and white deck is smaller than average at 2 1/2" X 3 1/2". The art is good. It
consists of line drawings that resemble woodblock art. The images are simple,
yet have enough detail to make them interesting. There is some nudity. The Major
Arcana have traditional names except the High Priestess has been shortened to
Priestess. Justice is 11 and Strength is eight. The suits are Circles, Wands,
Cups and Swords. The court consists of Knight, Prince (Swords and Wands) or
Princess (Cups and Circles), Queen and King. The court cards in this deck have
recommended meanings that are a bit different. The Knights are described as “messengers,
pure action, the verbs of the tarot grammar.” The remaining court
cards represent the elements, the signs of the zodiac and mythical figures or
deities. For example, the Queen of Circles:
Taurus, Earth Queen, Lillith,
daughter of the great Mother, a heavy broad who rules the Garden of Eden, its
fruits and flowers. She is a good sex partner, loves children, useful things and
a quiet good time.”
The backs are reversible and consist of a mandala of the
The Major Arcana also correspond to deities, myths and archetypal images, both
ancient and modern. Some examples:
II. The Priestess is the young
moon (Isis, Ishtar). Hers are all the arts of love. The way is along the path of
study and learning in all of the arts and sciences.
VII. The Chariot, Victory, the
ego’s highest reward and ultimate trap. For modern myths, read Marvel comics.
To proceed return to love, integrate with ego and balance.
The Minor Arcana are a mixture of Golden Dawn and idiosyncratic meanings. The
Three and Eight of Circles, and the Two, Three and Seven of Cups resemble their
counterparts in the Waite deck. Other cards like the Two of Circles (Sorceress),
Nine of Cups (Romeo and Juliet) and Nine of Swords (Big Mama) are unique in
their imagery and meaning.
There is no little booklet with this deck. It does come with a fold out sheet.
The sheet provides brief background information about the tarot and a thumbnail
image of each card and its upright meaning. The thumbnail images are very useful
since some of the cards can be difficult to identify at first. The Prince of
Air (Swords) is an example. The crystal ball in the image might cause one to
mistake this card for a Circle. The fact that none of the cards has its name
written on it does not help. Some advice on reading is given. It basically
recommends that you look at a card and see what comes to mind then compare it to
the meanings given for additional views. One spread – The Solar Diamond
Spread, is provided. It is a 13-card spread based on astrology.
I recommend this deck for collectors, for fans of black and white decks, and for
those who are looking for something a bit quirky and fun. I ordered mine from
the author. I have listed his address below. I don’t know if he is still
distributing them or if the address is any good. I am told that it is also
available at R.
See a few more cards from The
- The New Tarot Deck
- Publisher: TAROCO
- P.O. Box 104 Sausalito, CA 94965
- Images Copyright 1973, 74, 75 Wm. J. Hurley and J.A. Horler
- This page is Copyright © 2000 by Michele