The Haindl Tarot Deckhaindl1.jpg (16274 bytes) by Hermann Haindl                                            Review by Michele Jackson

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This deck, by German artist Hermann Haindl, is non-traditional in style. You will not find variations of the familiar Waite-Smith/Golden Dawn images here. You will find the familiar Golden Dawn one word interpretations on the cards, however. Each Major Arcana card has its corresponding Hebrew letter, zodiac sign or planet and a rune. The Minor Arcana also have an I-Ching hexagram. The Court Cards have the applicable suit direction included as part of the name: “Son of Wands in the East”, for example. The Court Cards have also been assigned to Myths, Gods and Goddesses from different cultures. Specifically:











Native American


Daughter Radha Isis Brigid White Buffalo Woman
Son Kishna Osiris Parsival Chief Seattle
Mother Kali Nut Venus of Willendorf Spider Woman
Father Brahma Ra Odin Old Man

The art in this deck is excellent in execution. Haindl is obviously a talented painter and the cards convey the texture of paint on canvas. Haindl’s vision is dark, however. The most prominent colors in the deck are brown and gray. When other colors are used for backgrounds, they are also dark and somber. There are splashes of color in the deck, but not enough to overcome the feeling of desolation, and sadness. Each suit has a color coded border: teal for the Majors, red for wands (fire), white for swords (air), blue for cups (water) and a yellow for stones (pentacles, earth). The Minors are not illustrated with scenes, rather they show the number of items in the suit, on a background which contains some symbolism. The card backs feature a large yellow eye. The Astrological assignments are in accordance with those of the Golden dawn, as are the Hebrew letters. My initial take on the Rune assignments was that they were not related to the card meanings. However, I have since been told that they are in fact related, though from the explanation received it seems that one would need to be rather well versed in the subject of runes to see them. Rachel Pollack also provides explanations in her books on this deck. The I-Ching Hexagrams on the Minors appear to have been matched according to interpretation. The deck is rich with symbolism, but it is not always apparent at first glance. Some time and effort would have to be devoted to studying this deck in order to get the most out of it. The booklet that comes with the deck identifies the Hebrew letters, Runes, Astrological symbols and Hexagrams, but it does not discuss their meaning. There is a very short section on meditation and one spread: “The Hagall Spread”. The booklet is actually an excerpt from the books written by Rachel Pollack for this deck and I recommend you get Pollack’s books if you plan to use this deck for reading.

The Haindl Tarot Deck
ISBN 0-88079-465-8
U.S. Games Systems (800) 544-2637

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