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Art Nouveau Tarot - tarot decks

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About this item
  • The Art Nouveau Tarot by Matt Myers is decorated in a gorgeously coloured, vibrant (though rather eighties-looking),
  • stained-glass style of imagery. The major arcana are reasonably traditional, while the minor arcana are unique in that
  • they tell the story of four couples going through the trials and tribulations of life together.


Specifications
Name Art Nouveau Tarot
Creators Matt Myers
Publisher US Games 1989
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 78
Major Arcana 22
Minor Arcana 56
Deck Tradition Mixed
Minor Arcana Style Unique Scenes With Suit Symbols
Suits Cups, Coins, Staves, Swords
Court Cards King, Queen, Kight, Page
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8
Card Size 2.87 x 4.37 in. = 7.30cm x 11.11cm
Card Language English
Card Back Non-reversible


Reviews
 The major arcana have some interesting "simple" symbolism in it. The Moon card is a woman and The Sun card is a male, this goes along with older esoteric teachings and I am surprised to see it here so blatantly (I like it myself). The Strength card is also a winner, the girl in the card is holding an acorn while sitting with a lion. I love the idea that she might not have found strength (or know how to develop it yet), but she's on the right path (working on it) all the same.  The tree in the backdrop of this card is there to show the fruits of her labor and that someone can get there through hope and faith. The Lovers is a very sexually charged card (as it should be) and refers more to the marriage bed than the wedding ceremony.  The Death card is a real beauty here and shows a skeleton dancing in a bed of blooming flowers, how true that seems to be. 

I really like The Priest card a lot (maybe my fav. along with The Moon), it depicts a dark haired man standing in deep prayer in a church at the communion rail. The Priest is in Anglican dress and the three rings on his rosary, the three candle candelbras, and the illuminated background refer to the Holy Trinity. Some of the majors could have been done slightly better as far as symbolism is concerned. On The World card I would have put a double flamed candle in the woman's hand. The Priestess is a little too "mean" looking for my taste. 

Some of the cards (I'm talking about the whole deck here) depict overly young looking people on them. It's not enough to keep me from being able to read with this deck, but I admit it did rub me the wrong way at first. The artist is my age (middle to late 30's) and since the deck was first printed in '89, he was a still "a kid" when he painted it. Being male, I know we do mature later than females. I don't doubt that he, like myself, has come to understand the meaning of the word "maya". At any rate, some of the major arcana suffer from the Barbie & Ken look. It may be because we can actually see their faces on this deck. It's easy to forget that the persons in the Rider-Waite deck are also very youthful, because that deck is painted in a softer style. I personally can accept the youthfulness of this deck without considering it a flaw, but some tarot lovers might not reach that same conclusion.

The minor arcana court cards are very well done and in some, like The Knight of Swords the reader is actually given more symbolisn than included in older traditional decks. I would have liked to have seen the Pages a little less masculine looking in this deck. 

The pip cards are where the trouble with this deck gets started for many people. I hated them at first, but after reading the little instruction book included with the deck, I began to understand the pips.  The pip cards depict four different couples in the stages of their relationships. The meanings of the cards are the same as the traditional decks, but the scenes are totall y new. A few reminders of older decks are thrown into the pips here and there.  This might be too much for some people, but for myself I found that I can relate to the pip card story lines. I also find that I'm really reading the card and not giving the meanings a romantic spin that the pips suggest, unless that romantic spin is called for. Yes I admit, this deck is awesome for readings concerning matters of the heart, but not only for that subject. I know that some people have a lot of trouble remembering the pip cards (I've been there too) and this system might be one that works for them "memory wise". I love the cup cards with the baby (makes me wish all the harder for the right woman and child in my own life) and the Celtic knots in the coin suit add an "earthy touch" to the deck. It's great to have a deck that inspires the hopes and dreams of the reader as well as the consultant, in my humble opinion, because it kind of puts you both in the same boots.

All in all , I really like this deck. Let me state again that in my opinion the art is just outstanding compared to most tarot packs (even the backs with the double planet design). If I was to place any themes on the deck they would be, romantic, darkly beautiful, Christian, Celtic, very slightly Pagan/Wiccian, and innovative. If you like those things (like myself) I'd highly recommend this deck.


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