This is a French deck based on Freemasonry. The cards are rather large and each scene is in a gold frame. The colors are bright, vibrant and absolutely beautiful. You ooh and ahh as soon as you take them out of the box. The art is good, not great, but good. Each Major Arcana and court card has the title on the bottom in both French and English. The Majors have the Hebrew letter associated with the card at in the lower right corner and some sort of sigil in the lower left. I don't know anything about freemasonry, but I take it numbers and proportion are an important part of it. The cards are twice as long as they are wide and the back design is divided into 7 areas which correspond to the chakras. The deck comes with a 72 page booklet which explains the layout of each card via a rough schematic drawing. Geometric shapes are the basis of each design, which is not noticeable when you look at the card themselves, but is apparent when you view the schematic. The Majors are full of symbolism and the drawings, while not too far from traditional, have enough differences to keep one interested. The Wheel of Fortune for example is in the middle of the Tree of Life from the Qabala. There is an inverted Chess Queen at Binah and a Pawn near Malkuth. The wheel is carried on someone's back and has a couple in the center. The couple is either dancing or engaged in a sex act, though I believe it is the former vice the latter. The Court cards each have a large central figure and the Minors do not have scenes, i.e. the six of wands shows six wands. The use of color is consistent with wands in red, cups in blues, disks in earth tones and swords in a turquoise which starts light at the top of each card and deepens as it progresses down the length of the card.
The book describes the majors fairly well, but skimps when it comes to the minors using an elements and numerology approach. There are a couple of spreads, one simple, one complex. I was pleased to see the Celtic Cross was not included. This deck is very pleasing visually and could provide hours of study for those interested in symbolism or Freemasonry, though the deck warns that it does not in any way substitute for participating in rituals at a temple. It costs more than most decks (I paid $33.00), but it is large and the quality is good, especially the depth and brightness of the colors and the lavish use of gold colored ink.
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