rohrig9s.jpg (21144 bytes)Rohrig Deck                             Review by George Leake

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Though this is clearly the best deck of the ones I'm reviewing today, I have a few serious concerns. Let me get those out of the way now. The booklet provided with it encourages all the spooky origins of Tarot (you know, Atlantis!, Egypt!, etc.) and fails to mention Italy at all. Paul Case like conspiracy theories are also floated and on a personal note I must say that this sort of thing has become nearly a cliche. I mean if one is going to perpetuate theories that have no real hard evidence, why not be more original and float one of the obscure ones, like the Albigensian theory, or get even more creative like talking about the spiders of mars sending them to us as a prophecy along with crop circles of their impending arrival. One thing I like in the booklet is it gives a number of suggested spreads that look well thought out. More than I can say for some of the divinitory meanings. My other problem with the deck (and then I'll quit bitching) is that there seems to be no overall vision or system connected with the deck. However, the art is fabulous, nice mixture of classical (one correspondent would say archaic if he didn't like it so much) and modern themes, similar to Haindl and Voyager in quality for the most part, though it is unlike anything else as far as Tarot. Militant feminists will dislike such cards as the Princess of Wands, defined in the booklet as "basic female power of fire", with its subtle or perhaps not so subtle profile of a black hosed semi nude tiger skin cladyoung model like woman bending back almost simulating fellatio. Men on the other hand are presented very stately, see the Emperor card. Use of scribbled notes is reminiscent of Sabine's Notebook. Colors are wonderful. Ironically, I find the Chariot even more insipid than I suspected. One wonders if its an alternative to archaic symbols on many other decks, why isn't the 10 of Wands or Judgement considered equally "archaic"? This is highly recommended for those of you who are interested in Tarot decks mostly as art. And perhaps those of you using it for self-reflection might gain something. In any case, at $20 its a pretty good deal.

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