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Old English Tarot - tarot decks

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  • The medieval English style artwork in the Old English Tarot has a has a wonderful soft, old-fashioned look. The majors
  • are quite simple figures, while the minor arcana show the suit elements and a tiny scene at the base of the card.

Name Old English Tarot
Creators Maggie Kneen
Publisher US Games 1997
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 78
Major Arcana 22
Minor Arcana 56
Deck Tradition Mixed
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Back Reversible

lder tarot decks, and shows more of the choice and duality that is inherent in the meaning of the card.

The court cards were also beautiful. The minor arcana are broken up into the familiar swords and cups and also include the somewhat more obscure suits of coins and batons (which stand for pentacles and wands/rods, respectively). One of the things that I loved about the court cards was the way in which the artist themed the color and style of the clothing in each suit. For instance, the King, Queen, Knight, and Knave (Page) of coins are all draped in robes of navy blue whereas the members of the Court of Batons seem to favor lighter blue and crimson robes. I also liked the backgrounds that she used with the court cards, the court members in the suit of cups, for example, were all pictured against a background of draping bowers of purple grapes.

Now on to the pip cards. For me, this was where everything started to fall apart upon first inspection. I was expecting something more alon g the lines of the Rider-Waite tradition, but to my slight disappointment the pip cards more closely resemble ordinary numbered cards. The three of cups being basically an arrangement of three cups. Each pip card has a small picture running along the bottom of the arrangement of objects. In some cases it is only a tiny person playing a tiny lute and in other cases it can be a scene that depicts people picking fruit in an orchard or harvesting grain. When I began to take a closer look at these pictures I became more pleased. The little pictures are quite nice and hearken to images found on tapestries or in medieval books of hours. The only thing that I didn't like, (aside from the fact that they are generally very small pictures and at times hard to make out) was that while some of the images had something to do with the meanings of the cards, like the ten of swords (ruin, sorrow)pictures a wrecked ship sinking into a stormy sea, others seemed to have no relavance, the three of batons, a card of success, shows three little bunnies popping out of rabbit holes. Cute, but not very helpful. Perhaps least helpful of all are the images on the cups which depict people playing a wide range of medieval musical instruments. Very nice, but again not very helpful.

I have gotten some good readings from this deck, although it is not my main deck. Because of its simplicity, I find it especially helpful for general advice and usually use it for simple one card and three card spreads. All in all this would not be a recommendable deck for beginners since the pictures on the pip cards offer little help with the meanings. It is, however, recommendable for those who have an interest in medieval Europe as well as those who enjoy decks based upon an older tradition.

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