Manga Tarot

( 1 )

Overview

The Boundary-Busting Tarot with an Asian Flair

One of the most popular modern styles of art, important from Japan, is known as manga. It grew up on Asian comic books and features bursts of color combined with passionate characters. In The Manga Tarot, this use of art perfectly captures the essence of the traditional Tarot, making it ideal for all Tarot readers and ideal for so many people entranced by the manga style. But that's only the ...

See more details below
(Tarot Cards)
$20.65
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$22.95 List Price
Other sellers (Other Format)
  • All (21) from $15.74   
  • New (10) from $16.61   
  • Used (11) from $15.74   
Sending request ...

Overview

The Boundary-Busting Tarot with an Asian Flair

One of the most popular modern styles of art, important from Japan, is known as manga. It grew up on Asian comic books and features bursts of color combined with passionate characters. In The Manga Tarot, this use of art perfectly captures the essence of the traditional Tarot, making it ideal for all Tarot readers and ideal for so many people entranced by the manga style. But that's only the beginning.

The Manga Tarot challenges you with exciting and new color schemes and a fantastic gender inversion: cards usually featuring men have women and vice versa. This plays with the Eastern idea of Yin/Yang and of the idea that all people—and archetypes—have masculine and feminine qualities. It will help you bust through any pre-conceived beliefs and help you develop astounding new interpretations that transcend anything you've done before! The Chinese letters printed on the cards, representing seasons associated with suits, returns the aura of mystery and otherworldliness that the Tarot once had, and helps put the real magick back into all of your readings. The accompanying booklet explains the inner meanings of each card and provides a relationship-focused reading that you can use right away.

If you love manga and anime art or are entranced by all things from the mystic Far East, or if you just want a new Tarot deck that will open your mind to new potentials and possibilities within a familiar and friendly format, this is the deck you need to use every day.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738710051
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: Tarot Cards
  • Sales rank: 506,808
  • Product dimensions: 2.94 (w) x 5.12 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1987, Art Publisher Lo Scarabeo has published over 100 Tarot decks that have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. Only the best Italian and International artists are selected for our new decks, and the result is that Lo Scarabeo's decks are all recognizable as an exceptional artistic value.

Tradition
One of Lo Scarabeo's goals is the preservation of traditional Tarot decks.

Development
New decks and ideas are continually gathered from all over the world. This allows Lo Scarabeo to produce some of the most innovative decks available today.

Quality
Lo Scarabeo is committed to ever increasing quality and beauty of their products.

Distribution
*Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Summary:

The Manga Tarot is a beautiful and insightful deck. It skillfully combines the evocative and fantastical feel of Manga—Japanese comic art—with the equally evocative format of Tarot. Add to the mix some creative changes and juxtapositions and you’ve got a deck that is both familiar and exotic. It provides enough connection to traditional meanings that a beginner will not feel overwhelmed. It provides enough freedom that a beginner will not feel stifled. It presents enough uniqueness that a seasoned reader will discover new pathways to explore.

In-Depth Review:

For those of you familiar with Lo Scarabeo Tarot decks, you’ll know that they are more apt to push the boundaries of Tarot, to play with structure, symbolism, and theme, and to reach toward the next evolutionary level of Tarot in general. This means they don’t produce many decks that would be recognized as Rider-Waite-Smith derivatives. But when they do, such as with the Manga Tarot, they change just enough and add just enough to make the journey through the Major and Minor Arcana a thrilling ride filled with intriguing insights, if only we take the time to look.

In the Manga Tarot there are four things that overtly affect the interpretation of the cards. First, in most of the cards, figures that are usually depicted as male in the Rider Waite tradition are depicted as female, and vice versa. This creates a change in the some of the Major Arcana titles and the numbering of the Emperor and Empress (III and IV, respectively). This technique really plays with the Eastern idea of Yin/Yang and of the idea that all people (and archetypes?) have both masculine and feminine qualities. When we look at these cards, we are encouraged to explore the feminine qualities of the Priestess (The Hierophant in the RWS system) and the masculine qualities of Temperance.

Another change also involves gender. The court cards are named: Prince, Princess, King, and Queen and are depicted in that order, as opposed to the usual Page, Knight, Queen, and King. In a reading, this probably wouldn’t make much difference. The idea of the court cards as a family is not alien to us, and the order they are listed in the booklet, since there is no numerical demarcation on the cards, wouldn’t affect how we view them in a spread. But because this shift in order was consciously implemented by the deck creator, it does invite us to reconsider how the implied hierarchy of the court cards, whatever they are called, influences our interpretations.

In addition to the gender changes, the Manga Tarot includes the addition of four different glyphs. These glyphs are the Japanese symbols for the seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. In the Manga Tarot the seasons are meant to indicate the temporal and cyclic element of the cards:

Spring: birth, beginning, sunrise, adolescence
Summer: growth, culmination, noon, maturity
Fall: decline, stagnation, sunset, old age
Winter: death, minimum, night, silence

These glyphs are used (or not used, as we shall see) on all the cards. Each card has one glyph, with the following exceptions: The Wheel and the Aces have all four glyphs. The Tens have three glyphs. The Fool has no glyphs. So in the Manga Tarot the absence of a single glyph (in the case of the Tens) or of any glyph at all (in the case of The Fool) plays as big a role as the inclusion of a glyph. For example, the Ten of Cups is missing the glyph for winter. If the Tens in general represent the culmination, fullness, or ending of something and the Ten of Cups is about true love and happiness, we can see the absence of the winter glyph as the ending of night, silence, and loneliness. The fullness of true love has within it the beginning of love, the growth of love, and hopes for growing old together. But in that moment, the Ten of Cups moment, it has no thought of that love ever ending.

Another important and conscious choice in this deck is the use of color. The four colors highlighted are:

Blue: which represents the suit of Swords, air, and intellect.
Green: which represents the suit of Pentacles, earth, and nature.
Red: which represents the suit of Wands, fire, and personality.
Yellow: which represent the suit of Chalices, water, and feelings.

So, as you would imagine, the cards in the suit of Wands are mostly red. That’s nice, but not really something that would influence a card interpretation. A Sword is a Sword, whether the image is blue or otherwise. Ah, but this deck is more complex than that. For example, the Ten of Pentacles is very green overall. However, there is much yellow (Chalices). For a card showing a loving, stable family bond, Chalices compliment this card perfectly and remind us that stability, family, and tradition without emotion and affection is an incomplete picture of the Ten of Pentacles.

The idea of the absence of something is used to good affect in The Fool card. It not only lacks any glyph, it also lacks color. It is all black, white, and gray except for one small, subtle use of color: small red flowers grow along the path that The Fool has walked. This Fool is not our easily recognizable Rider-Waite Fool. It is true, there is a figure walking not paying attention to where she is going, a dog, and a cliff. But this Fool isn’t distracted by anything external or happy. She covers her eyes with her hands. When you look at her you may, sometimes think she is unhappy or distressed. Other times she seems very calm in a Hanged Man-like way. The dog isn’t watching for danger; it is watching her. The booklet provides the (at first glance) cryptic phrase: "It is the nature of things that space desires to be filled." This Fool may be seen as being between lives, on her way to her next incarnation. That’s why the flowers sprout where she walks; she is leaving her previous personality behind, bit by bit, making space that will be filled by her next incarnation.

This deck is beautiful, challenging, and enchanting. It’s like a song sung in a different language…the tune resonates but you may not be quite sure of the lyrics. Each time you look at it you'll find yourself in a new place, with new questions and new answers. If you are someone who enjoys knowing the general direction, who is comfortable finding meaning in images, and who wants to find their own way, you will love this deck. If a beginner is aware of the differences between this deck and a Rider-Waite-Smith deck and is comfortable delving into something new, then this would be a lovely introduction to Tarot. The really remarkable thing about this deck is that it does manage to be two things at once. Because the traditional meanings are clearly recognizable, this is an excellent reading deck for divination. Because of the gender reversals, the intelligent use of color, the intriguing use of the absence of things, and the addition of the glyphs, it is also a doorway into new ways of looking at the cards.

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738710051
Creator: Riccardo Minetti
Artist: Anna Lazzarini
Brief Biography of Artist: Anna Lazzarini is well known in the world of Italian comics. Passionate about Manga drawing and art, she has made an essential contribution to the creation of the deck through her inventiveness and imagination.
Name of Accompanying Booklet: Manga Tarot
Number of Pages of booklet: 63 (15 in English, the rest in Italian, Spanish, French, and German)
Author of Booklet: Riccardo Minetti
Brief Biography of Author: Riccardo Minetti is the author of the Etruscan Tarot, the Fey Tarot, and the Gothic Tarot of Vampires. He also collaborates on many other decks as a member of the creative team at Lo Scarabeo.
Reading Uses: General, Past Lives, Karma
Ethnic Focus: Japanese
Artistic Style: Manga-influenced
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Yes, with variations
Does it have alternate names for major arcana cards? Yes, for three cards.
The Magician becomes The Sorceress The High Priestess becomes The Priest The Hierophant becomes The Priestess
Why was deck created?: According to Riccardo Minetti, the creator of the Manga Tarot:

"I wanted to make a deck for beginners, and I wanted to make a deck that could help younger generation (that do not have the sixties or the occult in their brain wavelength) to approach Tarot into a form, and toward a direction, that was in their experience, and that could resonate with them. I sort of think that it's easier for younger people to relate to ‘warrior’s honor,’ than to ‘justice.’ It’s not just that they can recognize it more (they are not stupid), but it simply means more to them.

"In a way the assumption behind it is that Tarot should mirror experience. It is not a higher truth, but rather a ‘tool’ for that, a ‘map’ to that, and a ‘translation’ of that.

"Also, note that I don’t absolutely think that Beginner = Rider-Waite[-Smith].

"I wanted the Manga [Tarot] to offer Rider-Waite compatible meanings, but also give an easy and immediate way to look at connections between cards rather than to the meaning of single cards. And I wanted images (as the gender switching) that make you wonder about the why... so that when you change decks you were not set to ‘this is the only way.’ In my opinion, a beginner deck should open doors and not offer a safe, self-contained path. At least that is my idea of a good beginner deck."

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Summary:

The Manga Tarot is a beautiful and insightful deck. It skillfully combines the evocative and fantastical feel of Manga—Japanese comic art—with the equally evocative format of Tarot. Add to the mix some creative changes and juxtapositions and you’ve got a deck that is both familiar and exotic. It provides enough connection to traditional meanings that a beginner will not feel overwhelmed. It provides enough freedom that a beginner will not feel stifled. It presents enough uniqueness that a seasoned reader will discover new pathways to explore.

In-Depth Review:

For those of you familiar with Lo Scarabeo Tarot decks, you’ll know that they are more apt to push the boundaries of Tarot, to play with structure, symbolism, and theme, and to reach toward the next evolutionary level of Tarot in general. This means they don’t produce many decks that would be recognized as Rider-Waite-Smith derivatives. But when they do, such as with the Manga Tarot, they change just enough and add just enough to make the journey through the Major and Minor Arcana a thrilling ride filled with intriguing insights, if only we take the time to look.

In the Manga Tarot there are four things that overtly affect the interpretation of the cards. First, in most of the cards, figures that are usually depicted as male in the Rider Waite tradition are depicted as female, and vice versa. This creates a change in the some of the Major Arcana titles and the numbering of the Emperor and Empress (III and IV, respectively). This technique really plays with the Eastern idea of Yin/Yang and of the idea that all people (and archetypes?) have both masculine and feminine qualities. When we look at these cards, we are encouraged to explore the feminine qualities of the Priestess (The Hierophant in the RWS system) and the masculine qualities of Temperance.

Another change also involves gender. The court cards are named: Prince, Princess, King, and Queen and are depicted in that order, as opposed to the usual Page, Knight, Queen, and King. In a reading, this probably wouldn’t make much difference. The idea of the court cards as a family is not alien to us, and the order they are listed in the booklet, since there is no numerical demarcation on the cards, wouldn’t affect how we view them in a spread. But because this shift in order was consciously implemented by the deck creator, it does invite us to reconsider how the implied hierarchy of the court cards, whatever they are called, influences our interpretations.

In addition to the gender changes, the Manga Tarot includes the addition of four different glyphs. These glyphs are the Japanese symbols for the seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. In the Manga Tarot the seasons are meant to indicate the temporal and cyclic element of the cards:

Spring: birth, beginning, sunrise, adolescence
Summer: growth, culmination, noon, maturity
Fall: decline, stagnation, sunset, old age
Winter: death, minimum, night, silence

These glyphs are used (or not used, as we shall see) on all the cards. Each card has one glyph, with the following exceptions: The Wheel and the Aces have all four glyphs. The Tens have three glyphs. The Fool has no glyphs. So in the Manga Tarot the absence of a single glyph (in the case of the Tens) or of any glyph at all (in the case of The Fool) plays as big a role as the inclusion of a glyph. For example, the Ten of Cups is missing the glyph for winter. If the Tens in general represent the culmination, fullness, or ending of something and the Ten of Cups is about true love and happiness, we can see the absence of the winter glyph as the ending of night, silence, and loneliness. The fullness of true love has within it the beginning of love, the growth of love, and hopes for growing old together. But in that moment, the Ten of Cups moment, it has no thought of that love ever ending.

Another important and conscious choice in this deck is the use of color. The four colors highlighted are:

Blue: which represents the suit of Swords, air, and intellect.
Green: which represents the suit of Pentacles, earth, and nature.
Red: which represents the suit of Wands, fire, and personality.
Yellow: which represent the suit of Chalices, water, and feelings.

So, as you would imagine, the cards in the suit of Wands are mostly red. That’s nice, but not really something that would influence a card interpretation. A Sword is a Sword, whether the image is blue or otherwise. Ah, but this deck is more complex than that. For example, the Ten of Pentacles is very green overall. However, there is much yellow (Chalices). For a card showing a loving, stable family bond, Chalices compliment this card perfectly and remind us that stability, family, and tradition without emotion and affection is an incomplete picture of the Ten of Pentacles.

The idea of the absence of something is used to good affect in The Fool card. It not only lacks any glyph, it also lacks color. It is all black, white, and gray except for one small, subtle use of color: small red flowers grow along the path that The Fool has walked. This Fool is not our easily recognizable Rider-Waite Fool. It is true, there is a figure walking not paying attention to where she is going, a dog, and a cliff. But this Fool isn’t distracted by anything external or happy. She covers her eyes with her hands. When you look at her you may, sometimes think she is unhappy or distressed. Other times she seems very calm in a Hanged Man-like way. The dog isn’t watching for danger; it is watching her. The booklet provides the (at first glance) cryptic phrase: "It is the nature of things that space desires to be filled." This Fool may be seen as being between lives, on her way to her next incarnation. That’s why the flowers sprout where she walks; she is leaving her previous personality behind, bit by bit, making space that will be filled by her next incarnation.

This deck is beautiful, challenging, and enchanting. It’s like a song sung in a different language…the tune resonates but you may not be quite sure of the lyrics. Each time you look at it you'll find yourself in a new place, with new questions and new answers. If you are someone who enjoys knowing the general direction, who is comfortable finding meaning in images, and who wants to find their own way, you will love this deck. If a beginner is aware of the differences between this deck and a Rider-Waite-Smith deck and is comfortable delving into something new, then this would be a lovely introduction to Tarot. The really remarkable thing about this deck is that it does manage to be two things at once. Because the traditional meanings are clearly recognizable, this is an excellent reading deck for divination. Because of the gender reversals, the intelligent use of color, the intriguing use of the absence of things, and the addition of the glyphs, it is also a doorway into new ways of looking at the cards.

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738710051
Creator: Riccardo Minetti
Artist: Anna Lazzarini
Brief Biography of Artist: Anna Lazzarini is well known in the world of Italian comics. Passionate about Manga drawing and art, she has made an essential contribution to the creation of the deck through her inventiveness and imagination.
Name of Accompanying Booklet: Manga Tarot
Number of Pages of booklet: 63 (15 in English, the rest in Italian, Spanish, French, and German)
Author of Booklet: Riccardo Minetti
Brief Biography of Author: Riccardo Minetti is the author of the Etruscan Tarot, the Fey Tarot, and the Gothic Tarot of Vampires. He also collaborates on many other decks as a member of the creative team at Lo Scarabeo.
Reading Uses: General, Past Lives, Karma
Ethnic Focus: Japanese
Artistic Style: Manga-influenced
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Yes, with variations
Does it have alternate names for major arcana cards? Yes, for three cards.
The Magician becomes The Sorceress The High Priestess becomes The Priest The Hierophant becomes The Priestess
Why was deck created?: According to Riccardo Minetti, the creator of the Manga Tarot:

"I wanted to make a deck for beginners, and I wanted to make a deck that could help younger generation (that do not have the sixties or the occult in their brain wavelength) to approach Tarot into a form, and toward a direction, that was in their experience, and that could resonate with them. I sort of think that it's easier for younger people to relate to ‘warrior’s honor,’ than to ‘justice.’ It’s not just that they can recognize it more (they are not stupid), but it simply means more to them.

"In a way the assumption behind it is that Tarot should mirror experience. It is not a higher truth, but rather a ‘tool’ for that, a ‘map’ to that, and a ‘translation’ of that.

"Also, note that I don’t absolutely think that Beginner = Rider-Waite[-Smith].

"I wanted the Manga [Tarot] to offer Rider-Waite compatible meanings, but also give an easy and immediate way to look at connections between cards rather than to the meaning of single cards. And I wanted images (as the gender switching) that make you wonder about the why... so that when you change decks you were not set to ‘this is the only way.’ In my opinion, a beginner deck should open doors and not offer a safe, self-contained path. At least that is my idea of a good beginner deck."

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    OuT oF ThE oRdInArY

    I've been reading tarot for about 5-6 years and am already pretty much psychic (except of course in times of huge amounts of stress) and sometimes I need tarot in order to straighten out what I can't see. This deck not only has beautiful illustrations but it has mixed some stuff up and added some stuff that hasn't existed in any other tarot deck. I just bought this deck and got it in the mail yesterday. When I read the little booklet that came with it, I found out that each card has a dominant color which corresponds to the suit (or if it's a major card, it modifies the cards definition to show some traits of the card). Also, each card except for a couple purposely left out of this trend, have japanese words in a little orb on them each telling of a different season. I have yet to decipher which one is which but am anxious to find out. I was blessed with being able to review this deck and HIGHLY recommend it both to beginners and experts. This deck shares advanced stuff along with beginner friendly rider-waite symbolism.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)