The Crystal Tarot (I Tarocchi Di Vetro)       Review by Michele Jackson

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This is what I call an "art deck". While it adheres to the standard tarot deck layout and can certainly be used in readings, its primary purpose is to make an artistic statement. As one would expect for this type of deck, the art is excellent. The original art was rendered in tempera and pastels. The colors are intense and jewel-like. The scenes are highly detailed, with patterns and geometric shapes in abundance. The Major Arcana scenes are easily recognizable, though they do not rely upon the style of any well known deck such as the Marseilles, Waite-Smith or Thoth. While some of the major symbolism has been maintained, such as the Fool stepping off of a cliff, and the suits on the Magician's table, small symbolic details found in more common decks, such as use of color are lost. 

The Major Arcana cards have the card's title written on the top border in English, French, German and Spanish. The title appears on the bottom border in Italian. Justice is card eight and Strength card eleven. The suits are Chalices, Pentacles, Wands and Swords. The Court consists of King, Queen, Knight and Knave. The minor Arcana are pips, but they are beautifully rendered and highly detailed. From what I can determine, no consistent effort was made to arrange the suit symbols or colors in a way that would convey some suggestion of the cards meaning. rather they appear to have been arranged in a way that is pleasing to the eye. Some of the pips do suggest whether they are more somber or joyful. The Three of Swords uses dark dull colors, as does the Five of Swords. However the Nine and Ten of Swords, traditionally less positive cards, have a fairly bright and colorful background. The Court cards in this deck are some of the most beautiful, surpassing even the Major Arcana. Even the backs of the cards are lovely.

The deck does not come with a little booklet, rather it has extra cards with brief, key-word interpretations for each card and instructions for a simple six card Past, Present and Future Spread. I recommend this deck for anyone looking for a change of pace. The cards are truly beautiful and would be a pleasure to work with.

The Crystal Tarot (I Tarocchi di Vetro)
Artist: Elisabeta Trevisan
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo Tarocchi d'Arte
Distributed by US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St., Stamford, CT 06902, (800)544-2637, Fax (203)353-8431

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