t.jpg (17050 bytes)" T" The New Tarot aka The Tarot for the Aquarian Age
This deck is very different from most Tarot decks. The Majors have all been
renamed and the suits are Blades, Serpents, Pears and Stones, which represent
air, fire, water and earth respectively. The Majors are radically different;
The Fool is called "Nameless One", The High Priestess becomes "The Mother",
The Lovers becomes "Unity" and The World becomes "The Virgin". All of the
trumps are like this with the exception of The Hanged Man. The court cards
have the normal names (Page, Knight, Queen and King), but the pictures do not
show people. The Minors do not show scenes, rather they show the number and
the requisite number of pears, serpents etc. The pictures on the Majors
remind me of those on "The Poet's Tarot" only brilliantly colored and more
detailed. The deck comes with 3 books, a 150 page guide which explains the
reasoning and symbolism on each card followed by a short question and answer
section for each card. The symbols were supposedly given to the designer
during Ouija board readings in 1962 and 1963 and the deck was purportedly
predicted by Madame Blavatsky in her magazine "Lucifer". The second book
describes a spread called "The Game of Destiny" and the third book is a small
booklet, similar in size to most deck booklets which describes a game to be
played with the deck called"The Royal Maze". I haven't read them thoroughly,
but on a quick scan the information seems very esoteric and not a little
weird. The deck has it's own box and the boxed deck and the books come in a
larger box. I have been told that this deck has recently been re-released,
though I haven't seen it anywhere. I would recommend this deck for collectors
only as it is very different from any deck I have ever encountered. It is
quite pretty and I value it for it's age and the manner in which I received
it, but I don't think I would buy the re-released version unless I found it on
sale.

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