Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Gilded Tarot

The Gilded Tarot Cover

Book: The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

The Gilded Tarot is a visual treat. I dont think anyone doubts that, and a quick google will show you enough images to convince you. Personally I think it's simply the most beautifal deck in my collection. Look at the Lovely Strength card on the box cover.

Some reviewers have stated it lacks symbolic depth, not true. The symbols however come in the form of Animal/ Astrological references. The deck is very true to the intent of the Waite, but is not tied down by the Waite's hermetic symbolism. My only small complaint is that being true to the Waite, it has a traditional court, and I prefer a Gender Balanced Court like the Robin Wood.

The book is a very good full sized tarot book,with plenty of room for personal notes. Nothing like the LWB you get with most other decks. This is a wonderful set to get started with, and as an experienced and very active reader, I can tell you, the readings are very elegant.

The Waite is the Standard Tarot deck today, because it had a huge head start. Thus most of the literature refers to that bug ugly deck. The Illustrations in the Guilded Tarot are true to the intent of the Waite, and you should have no problem using the Gilded Tarot, with the available literature.

This is my favorite Tarot Cards deck. The cards are just beautiful and a joy to look at and read. I am an intermediate reader and I only read for myself. I own several decks among the Tarot of Marseilles, the Legend deck, Lover's Tarot and the Robin Wood deck but I get the most amazing accurate readings from the Gilded Tarot deck.
I do not use the book that came with the deck. For explanations and to read my readings I use the book Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Luis. These two combined along with my intuition work great for me.

Ciro Marchetti (Florida) is an award-winning artist from the United Kingdom. He studied art in London, followed by a career working in Europe and South America before settling in the United States where he opened a design agency in Miami. In addition to managing his company, Ciro also gives workshops and lectures on digital digital imagery and illustration at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute, and continues to create his own visionary art.

The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has been active in the American Tarot Association and has spoken at tarot conferences around the United States. Barbara’s articles on the tarot have appeared in several tarot publications and in Llewellyn Publications New Worlds of Mind and Spirit magazine. She has also sat on the Tarot Journal editorial board. Barbara’s own education in the tarot has been and continues to be broad and enlightening. She has studied under renowned tarot scholars Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and she has taught the tarot to all manner of would-be tarot readers.

Barbara enjoys the challenge of giving a voice to tarot cards and oracle decks. She has had the good fortune to write books for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, The Hip Witch Tarot, Enchanted Oracle and The Mystic Dreamer Tarot.

Buy Ciro Marchetti's book: The Gilded Tarot

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