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Shakespearian Tarot - tarot decks

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About this item
  • Based on Shakespeare's many and varied plays, the Shakespearian Tarot deck shows Romeo and Juliet as the
  • Lovers, Hamlet as the Hanged Man and Lear the Hermit. Each card has a quote from a Shakespeare play which
  • matches the image.


Specifications
Name Shakespearian Tarot
Creators Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Paul Hardy
Publisher Aquarian Press 1997
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 78
Major Arcana 22
Minor Arcana 56
Deck Tradition Mixed
Suits Court Cards
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Size 2.37 x 4.37 in. = 6.03cm x 11.11cm
Card Language English
Card Back Non-reversible
Back Design Orange-yellow colour, with a vase with vines and flowers coming out of it.


Reviews
ible and have an almost silky surface. They are unusually narrow and fit snugly into the hand which makes them seem to demand to be held. The backs depict a woodcarving in warm browns. They are not reversible.

The pictures are in rich colours but have been greatly reduced to fit onto these small cards thus losing some detail in the process. They appear less vibrant than the pictures online.

The major arcana follow the Rider Waite system. They include some truly inspired cards such as the Magician as Prospero saying "Now does all my project gather to a head" and the Tower as the Tower of London seen from the inside as the princes are hurled out of it. Temperance has an allusion to the song in Much Ado about Nothing: "Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,/ Men were deceivers ever" which will forever bring the Branagh version of this play to my mind. All these cards cause me a stomach-clenching feeling of instant recognition.

Unfortunately, the minor arcana are l ess clear. Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki had far more trouble with these, she tells us in the book, and this is evident in the cards. Cups and pentacles are Crowns and Orbs respectively, or they probably are. We are not told what the correspondences are, and at times there seems to be some confusion between these suits. The ten of orbs has Romeo and Juliet on it, as ‘the happy ending card’ which sounds like the ten of cups. The seven of crowns is about choosing and not being taken in by illusions which sounds like the seven of cups. All the suits have some connection to sovereignty which restricts the meanings somewhat. Most of the meanings sound rather definite and divinatory and tend towards the negative.

Despite these niggles, this is an amazing deck. I love the sensuous-feeling cards and some of the wonderful (if small) pictures. I am also enjoying reading the book. However, I haven’t been able to decide as yet what place the Shakespearian Tarot will occupy in my tarot collection.


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