egypt.jpg (14134 bytes)Egyptian Tarot (I Tarocchi Egiziani)        Review by Michele Jackson

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I think this is one of the more attractive Egyptian styled decks currently available. The cards are slightly smaller than average at 4 1/2" X 2 3/8". The images are drawn on what looks like aged papyrus. Corners are frayed or rotted away and the paint of the images themselves is faded away in spots. The papyrus is set on a black background, which contrasts nicely. There is no separate border. The card number is centered on the top of the card with the suit name (Minor Arcana) or card name (court cards and Major Arcana) on either side of the number - English and  French to the left, German and Italian to the right.

The Major Arcana have the traditional names with the exception of the Pope (Hierophant) and the Stars (Star), Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. The Major Arcana imagery draws heavily from Waite, albeit with a few nods to the Egyptian pantheon such as Death and the Devil. The art is very nicely done. I am not a fan of the flat, stiff style of ancient Egyptian art, but the deep colors used make this deck more palatable to me. The art is good. The backs have hieroglyphics.

The suits are Cups, Wands, Swords and pentacles. The court consists of  Knave, Knight, Queen and King. The Minor Arcana are pips that are decorated with Egyptian symbolism. I do not know enough about Egyptian symbolism to determine whether the symbols chosen are useful in understanding the card, but my guess would be that the symbols are decorative, vice meaningful. The layout and use of symbolism are well done, making these pips pleasing to the eye.

There is no little booklet. The card meanings and a set of brief instructions are printed on extra cards included with the deck. The instructions are in four languages and consist of brief, upright meanings, and a paragraph describing the "Simplified Cartomancy Method." The simplified method is basically a Past, present, Future spread using the suit associated with your question and the Major Arcana only. There is less information here than one finds in little booklets.

I recommend this deck for collectors and for those who are looking for an Egyptian style deck. As previously noted, this is one of the more attractive decks of this type.

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Egyptian Tarot (I Tarocchi Egiziani)
Published by Lo Scarabeo
Distributed by Llewellyn Publishing

Images Copyright (c) 1996 Lo Scarabeo

This page is Copyright 1998 by Michele Jackson