The Tarot is much more than mere pictures on cards, the pictures are physical symbols for spiritual concepts. The images are symbolic representation of archetypal forces and/or beings which have always existed and have been identified and passed on to us by ancient initiates and which provide a focus for us to use in self-initiation, spiritual development, and the perception of hidden wisdom.
The tarot deck included in this beautiful set was commissioned around 1451 by the Visconti and Sforza families, and it is one of the oldest tarot decks in existence. The images on the cards have been faithfully recreated, showing members of the Sforza and Visconti families in period garments. The borders of the elegant cards are adorned with gold metallic ink.
The accompanying book provides a history of Visconti-Sforza cards, 35 of which are now in the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. The symbolism of the different cards is described, along with explanations of different ways to arrange the cards when seeking information about different aspects of life.
This beautiful gift box holds the book and card deck side by side, with a purple satin reading cloth folded and placed underneath the book.
The Golden Tarot: The Visconti-Sforza Deck is a set that includes a reproduction of the Visconti-Sforza deck, a hardcover book by Mary Packard and a satin cloth. All of these are included in a nicely decorated box. Albeit some issues on the layout of the images on these cards, this set is a good value. However, it may not be for beginners, or even for owners of other Visconti decks that expect something new.
The cards in this set come in their own black box, stamped with The Moon card on front and the back of the cards on the back. The label "The Visconti-Sforza Deck"is written in a matte golden color on the lid.
The cards are 6.5 " x 3.25", and together these make a deck 1.25" tick. The back of these card is almost reversible, but the repetitive golden leaf motif on red background is oriented towards the top of the card. The front of the cards are bordered golden, with a red or brown frame around the image. The cards feel slick on...
The Amazon product description states that "The images on the cards have been faithfully recreated...."
I bought the product knowing that I was taking a risk. The "faithfully recreated" may be mostly true but is a little hit or miss in some details. I will be considering shelling out for another publisher's Visconti-Sforza deck that is more expensive than this one. (I occasionally buy a handful of competing products to compare them.) The product box comes with a paper billing the cards as "authentically recreated"; according to the dictionary, phrases such as "authentic reconstruction" are used to mean that something follows the original exactly.
So, how close is it? Well, I was familiar enough with the original images that I could spot some differences immediately. I then compared the Golden Tarot's recreations (redrawings or repaintings) to photographic images of the original cards; some can now be found using the...
The Golden Tarot is one of my best and favorite decks. The quality book that comes with the deck is priceless. The information and writing is extremely well written. This is a collectable set and the cards are basic Tarot. The swords, disks, wands, and cups do not have pictorial drawing on them other than the items themselves. Example..the 7 card of wands has seven wands and so on. Also the minor arcana number cards have a red boarder and the page queen, king , fool , lovers, a purple boarder. Small boarder but noticeable to me. That's good. These are large cards. Taller more than wider. These are a copy of the original deck. I love them. Read the story behind them and you will be well informed. The box and book are quality all the way. some where there is a magnet to help keep the box lid closed. I wanted to use white gloves when opening the small but medium size book.( not a booklet) This is a small quality hard cover book. The cards have a semi gloss to...
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