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Mythic Tarot - tarot decks

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About this item
  • Gods and Goddesses, demigods, heroes and villains from Ancient Greek mythology and legends are depicted on each
  • of the 78 Tarot cards in the popular Mythic Tarot. First published in 1989 and reprinted almost every two years
  • afterwards.

Name Mythic Tarot
Creators Liz Greene, Tricia Newell, Juliet Sharman-Burke
Publisher Fireside 1986
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, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards Page, Knight, Queen, King
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Size 3.00 x 5.08 in. = 7.62cm x 12.90cm
Card Language English
Card Back Reversible
Back Design Navy blue with 1/4


My review is about the Mythic Tarot, which I picked up at a sale on a whim. It was presented nicely in a deep purple box with its name in gold letters, and came with a hardcover interpretation book and a black cloth with the celtic cross spread.

The cards themselves are made of rather thin material, and bend easily. The name of the card is depicted on each card, but not its astrological equivalent or number (for the Major Arcana). Overall, the drawings are rather archetypal in terms of Tarot cards, and the figures are often stiff and "uncomfortable" looking, but the colouring is vivid and the drawing very detailed (you can see each blade of grass in the background.)

In my opinion, the Mythic Tarot is unique in that the Minor Arcana portray Greek Myths - one for each suit - as they progress. (For example, the Suit of Wands portrays Jason and the Argonauts.) However, I find that because of this story-weaving angle, sometimes the depictions on the pip cards do not match their actual meanings as it has to follow the progression of the myth. The Court Cards are mostly nondescript, with a nice touch here or there, but I find them mostly similar.

As for the Major Arcana, some of the cards really stood out for their beauty, including the Star (Pandora opening the Box), the Tower, the Empress and Temperance. But some also struck me as badly drawn, for example the Hierophant (all out of proportion), the Magician and Judgement (the little mummies at the bottom look like Gingerbread Men in toilet paper)!

The interpretation book in particular was a great disappointment. Although well presented, much of the text about each card contained mumbojumbo about the myth and intertwined it with the card's actual meaning. For example, instead of referring to the figure in the Justice card as Justice, the author refers to it as Athene. Therefore, it is sometimes confusing as to whether she is describing the true qualities of the card itself or is merely drawing her own interpretations of the similarities between the qualities of the mythical figure depicted and the qualities of the actual card.

I feel this is a weakness because the myth itself is not actually representative of the card, and also because it made divination difficult if one wanted to have a deeper understanding of the cards instead of reading just the little paragraph at the bottom, which was often repetitive, merely summarized and is sometimes even different from those found in other books. The explanation of the Celtic Cross at the end was all right, and I appreciated the two sample readings, but in its place I would have loved more types of spreads. feel the Mythic Tarot is not for serious students of the Tarot, and more for those curious to have a look at a different interpretation of the Tarot. To be fair, it IS entitled "A New Approach To The Tarot Cards". :)

*Note: One of my cards was missing and in its place I had two Aces of Swords instead!

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