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Tarot of Delphi - tarot decks

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About this item
  • The Tarot of Delphi is a fine art deck composed of original Neoclassical art from the Victorian era. The 78 cards are
  • populated with Greco-Roman gods, heroes, enchantresses, oracles, and legends. It also depicts daily life, art, and the
  • cultures of the ancient world.


Specifications
Name Tarot of Delphi
Creators J.D. Hildegard Hinkel
Publisher Self Published 2014
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 79
Major Arcana 22
Minor Arcana 56
Deck Tradition Rider-Waite-Smith
Court Cards Devotee, Artisan, Hero, Enchantress
Major Titles Wheel of Fortune is Threads of Fate; The Hanged Man is The One Torn Asunder (Orpheus); The Devil, The Siren; The Tower, The Shipwreck; and The World, The Garden (of the mythical Hesperides).
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Size 3.07 x 5.04 in. = 7.80cm x 12.80cm
Card Language English
Card Back Reversible
Back Design Black background with a stylised floral cross pattern inside a rectangular border
Companion Material 66-page, perfect bound booklet with full color cover.
Extra Info The deck includes an extra Empress card.


Reviews

So, when I heard about the Kickstarter campaign for the Tarot of Delphi, I immediately felt that this was a natural combination, a concept that made sense on many levels and would produce something meaningful. Because of my personal connection to the subject matter, I contacted the deck’s creator, Janet Hinkel, to ask how she came to focus on Delphi specifically and the Classics in general for her Tarot deck.

To paraphrase, Ms. Hinkel told me that when she began the process of creating her deck, she started by putting together images from several different genres, but she kept returning to the Neoclassical images. She became captivated by the Classics, and obsessed with pairing the myths, legends and history to the meanings and stories of the Tarot.

Ms. Hinkel also explained that the Pythia provided a potent symbol around which to organize her artistic and metaphysical ideas, that, “As a feminine symbol of spiritual power, the Pythia is not confined to the female role in fertility, making her prominence in the patriarchal Greco-Roman world even more extraordinary. As you know, she was the preeminent oracle of Ancient Greece, with influence far beyond, and was even located at the navel/center of the world! I believe the Pythia, as an archetype of deep and ancient spirituality, continues to offer valuable lessons.”. The Pythia herself appears on the High Priestess card in the Tarot of Delphi (John Collier’s Priestess of Delphi, 1891.).

Ms. Hinkel’s philosophy and approach to this deck really resonate with me. She honours both the tradition of Tarot as well as the ancient religions and mysteries, and gives recognition to the powerful women and ancient Goddesses who were often given a lesser or supporting role in the Greek and Roman myths and histories. She does this elegantly, with balance and without ignoring male/God energies.

The Tarot of Delphi is curated with fine art from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, including works by three female artists. All of the paintings are Neoclassical in theme, depicting scenes from the history, literature, art, architecture and religion of Ancient Greece and Rome. On a practical note, the cards and instructional booklet come in a sturdy and attractive box, and the cards themselves are a little larger than average but still easy to shuffle, printed on durable cardstock.

The deck, which consists of 79 cards (there are two versions of the Empress), follows the RWS tradition, with some fitting adaptations in light of the subject matter. With the Major Arcana, for example, the Wheel of Fortune becomes the Threads of Fate, depicting the Moirai or Fates who spin, measure and cut the threads of life. The Devil becomes a Siren, one of the beautiful but dangerous creatures who lured seafarers to their destruction with their enchanting song. I find the image of the bold and notorious Medea casting a spell (by Anthony Frederick Sandys, 1868) on the Magician card particularly striking and appropriate.

The Tarot of Delphi uses the traditional Minor Arcana suits and corresponding elements, but in order to better align with the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome, the Court Cards have become Devotee, Artisan, Hero and Enchantress. One notable image is the Enchantress of Cups, depicted as the powerful witch, Circe, embodying the power and destruction that can result from raw and unfettered emotion.

Ms. Hinkel’s descriptions of the cards in the accompanying booklet are beautifully written, evoking the mystery and magic of the Greco-Roman tales while providing clear and useful Tarot meanings and keywords. She emphasizes throughout that Tarot is a multifunctional tool, useful for problem solving, examining personal behaviour patterns, inner growth, and almost as an aside, divination. This approach again follows the philosophy of the Temple of Delphi, which was known for the inscriptions it bore, “Know Thyself. Nothing in Excess”.

The Tarot of Delphi can be used for meditation, or simply for the enjoyment of viewing the images and thinking about how you react to them, the impact they have on you, and what that may mean on a deeper level. I felt very comfortable using this deck for readings, and found that I could connect easily with the images selected by Ms. Hinkel. This deck inspired me to revisit my love of the Classics, and I am so happy to have found a deck that combines that passion with my passion for Tarot. I highly recommend the Tarot of Delphi to Tarot readers of all levels and to those who appreciate Neoclassical art, Classical history and ancient mythology.


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