A Renaissance Tarot

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THE RENAISSANCE TAROT DECK TAKES ITS INSPIRATION FROM THE SPLENDOR OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE CULTURE AND CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY. THE 22 MAJOR ARCANA CARDS FEATURE THE OLYMPIAN DEITIES AND DEMI-GODS OF ANTIQUITY. IN THE MINOR ARCANA, THE FOUR SUITS ARE REPRESENTED BY FOUR FAMILIAR MYTH CYCLES, AND THE GREAT CITIES OF RENAISSANCE ITALY ARE REPRESENTED IN THE COURT CARDS.

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Overview

THE RENAISSANCE TAROT DECK TAKES ITS INSPIRATION FROM THE SPLENDOR OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE CULTURE AND CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY. THE 22 MAJOR ARCANA CARDS FEATURE THE OLYMPIAN DEITIES AND DEMI-GODS OF ANTIQUITY. IN THE MINOR ARCANA, THE FOUR SUITS ARE REPRESENTED BY FOUR FAMILIAR MYTH CYCLES, AND THE GREAT CITIES OF RENAISSANCE ITALY ARE REPRESENTED IN THE COURT CARDS.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880795456
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: CARDS
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 933,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 A World of Allegory 7
The Macrocosm 8
The Microcosm 9
Divine Symmetry 10
Chapter 2 The History of the Tarot 13
The Triumphs 13
Hand-Painted Cards 16
Engraved Cards 17
Woodcut Decks 18
The Tarot of Marseilles 19
The Game of Tarot 19
Occultism and Fortune-Telling 20
Chapter 3 The Major Arcana 23
0 Il Matto--The Fool 27
Shakespeare's Fools and Divine Buffoons 28
Dionysus-Bacchus 29
I Il Bagatto--The Magician 33
Hermes-Mercury 35
Planetary Mercury 36
II La Papessa--The Priestess 39
Demeter-Ceres 42
III L'Imperatrice--The Empress 44
Hera-Juno 45
IV L'Imperatore--The Emperor 47
Emperors and Empire 49
Zeus-Jupiter 49
V Il Papa--The Hierophant 51
The Historical Papacy 52
Poseidon-Neptune and Cronus-Saturn 53
VI Gli Amanti--The Lovers 55
Vice and Virtue 56
Aphrodite-Venus 57
Eros-Cupid 59
VII Il Carro--The Chariot 62
Aphrodite and Ares, Venus and Mars 62
The God of War 65
VIII La Giustizia--Justice 66
The Cardinal Virtues 66
Themis and Athena-Minerva 68
IX L'Ermita--The Hermit 70
Time and Cronus-Saturn 70
Saturnian Melancholy 73
Hephaestus-Vulcan 73
X La Fortuna--Chance 75
Tyche-Fortuna 75
Midas 77
XI La Forza--Strength 78
Herakles-Hercules 78
Fortitude Feminine and Masculine 81
XII L'Impiccato--The Hanged Man 83
Traitor or Saint 84
Action versus Contemplation 84
Prometheus 85
XIII La Morte--Death 87
Danse Macabre 88
Hades-Pluto 90
XIV La Temperanza--Temperance 92
Hermaphroditus 94
Hebe and Ganymede 96
XV Il Diavolo--The Devil 98
Philosophical Evil 99
The Great God Pan 101
XVI La Torre-The Tower 105
Icarus and Phaeton 106
The Tower of Babel 107
Saint Barbara and Danae 107
XVII Le Stelle--The Stars 109
Astraea 112
XVIII La Luna--The Moon 113
The Dark Goddess 114
Artemis-Diana 115
The Huntress and Her Hounds 116
The Influence of the Moon 116
XIX Il Sole--The Sun 119
The Sun God 120
Apollo 121
XX L'Angelo--The Angel 123
The Reborn God 126
The Phoenix 127
XXIIL Mondo--The World 128
The Great Mother 130
The Divine Circle 132
The City of God 134
The Tetramorph 135
Chapter 4 The Minor Arcana 139
The Presentation Card 142
The Minor Arcana 142
The Suit of Swords 144
Re di Spade--King of Swords 145
Dama di Spade--Queen of Swords 145
Cavaliere di Spade--Knight of Swords 145
Fante di Spade--Page of Swords 145
Ace of Swords 146
Two of Swords 146
Three of Swords 146
Four of Swords 147
Five of Swords 147
Six of Swords 147
Seven of Swords 147
Eight of Swords 148
Nine of Swords 148
Ten of Swords 148
The Suit of Staves 149
Re di Bastoni--King of Staves 150
Dama di Bastoni--Queen of Staves 150
Cavaliere di Bastoni--Knight of Staves 150
Fante di Bastoni--Page of Staves 151
Ace of Staves 151
Two of Staves 152
Three of Staves 152
Four of Staves 152
Five of Staves 152
Six of Staves 153
Seven of Staves 153
Eight of Staves 153
Nine of Staves 154
Ten of Staves 154
The Suit of Cups 155
Re di Coppe--King of Cups 156
Dama di Coppe--Queen of Cups 156
Cavaliere di Coppe--Knight of Cups 156
Fante di Coppe--Page of Cups 157
Ace of Cups 157
Two of Cups 157
Three of Cups 158
Four of Cups 158
Five of Cups 158
Six of Cups 159
Seven of Cups 159
Eight of Cups 159
Nine of Cups 160
Ten of Cups 160
The Suit of Coins 161
Re di Denari--King of Coins 161
Dama di Denari--Queen of Coins 162
Cavaliere di Denari--Knight of Coins 162
Fante di Denari--Page of Coins 162
Ace of Coins 163
Two of Coins 163
Three of Coins 163
Four of Coins 163
Five of Coins 164
Six of Coins 164
Seven of Coins 164
Eight of Coins 164
Nine of Coins 165
Ten of Coins 165
Chapter 5 Reading the Cards 166
The Celtic Cross Spread 167
The Tetraktys Spread 168
The Twelve Houses Spread 170
Bibliography 172
Index 174
List of Illustrations 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    The perfect deck for any Western Myth/Astrology enthusiast.

    I find that this deck is the most beautiful of the Modern Italian Tarot, and very easy to read (if you are well versed in Roman Myth. and Astrology). The deck is lightly gilded, and has soft colors, offering strological symbols in the corners. The book offers brief but acceptable definitions of each card, upright and reversed. The book also offers a brief history lesson on the Italian Tarrochi and the Italian Art influences of artist/creator Brian Williams. If you have a strong Western Euro. art history background you are likely to already be familiar with his influences.

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