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Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Deck (Lo Scarabeo Decks) (English and Spanish Edition)

Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Deck (Lo Scarabeo Decks) (English and Spanish Edition)

Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Deck (Lo Scarabeo Decks) (English and Spanish Edition)

THE 21st Century Golden Dawn Tarot Currently there are a few Golden Dawn Tarot decks available. They are all attempts of the artists to recreate the original design. Bertia asked Evangelisti to do something completely different. Instead of trying to improve on the known drawings, he simply gave Evangelisti descriptions of the cards from the original Golden Dawn documents. The result is a breathtakingly new, yet faithful to the original concept. Instead of all the images being seen from the fro

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  1. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Golden Dawn Tarot for the 21st Century, January 23, 2009
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    W “Neko-san” (CA USA) –

    This review is from: Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Deck (Lo Scarabeo Decks) (English and Spanish Edition) (Cards)

    This Tarot deck is an interesting new rendition inspired on the Golden Dawn’s tradition as intended by its designer, Giordano Berti. Patrizio Evangelisti`s beautiful artwork resembles contemporary comic book style. Black inked outlines and tones define the imagery, while contrasting colors and soft shadows fleshed out the scenery.

    In the Golden Dawn Tarot, the suites are evidently associated with the four elements: wands with fire, chalices with water, swords with air, and pentacles with earth. This association is more prominent within the court cards, showing figures within flames for wands, on a shore for chalices, within clouds for swords, and on a grassy field for pentacles. These have been labeled Princess, Prince, Queen and Knight like in the Thoth Tarot.

    The Major Arcana are labeled the same way as in the Riders-Waite-Smith (RWS) or Marseilles Tarots, and the imagery shows evidence of both traditions for most of these Trumps. However, a few lean more toward one tradition than the other. Such are the case of The Chariot, Death and The Sun Trumps which leans toward Marseilles, while The Wheel of Fortune leans toward RWS. There are a few Trumps that are beyond RWS and Marseilles traditions. For example: The Fool depicts an innocent child sitting on the grass with a wolf watching over, and The Lovers depicts a warrior coming from a cloud to confront a sea serpent which is about to attack a chained maiden.

    An interesting feature of this deck is the inclusion of an additional set of Justice and Strength cards, swapping 8s and 11s on these cards to allow you to match either RWS or Thoth ordering. At least that was the intention. My deck contains a card with a scene of a girl standing by a lion which is Strength (8), and another with a woman sitting on a throne with a sword and scales at hands which is Justice (11). However, a second card with a girl standing by a lion was labeled Justice (11), while a second card with a woman sitting on a throne with a sword and scales at hands was labeled Strength (8). This is an error as the names should have not been swapped. It may be just my deck, but beware.

    I recommend this deck for tarot collectors in general, and for those interested on the Golden Dawn tradition in particular. It comes in its own fitting box and includes the usual Little White Book.

    Other decks by Patrizio Evangelisti:
    Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Deluxe (Lo Scarabeo Decks)

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  2. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful and unusual!, November 9, 2008
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    Elizabeth Clare Johnson “Mystic” (Mississippi) –
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    I think the art to this is outstanding. I hope that there will be a
    companion book out soon, with more information on all the symbols and
    differences in this deck. It is easy to read with, but I want to learn
    more for more depth in the readings.

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  3. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    There is but to try it out., April 24, 2010
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    For you who read or use the Golden Dawn rituals will know that some of the tarot cards are described beyond just Liber T. Some are actually used in the initiatory rituals that give a very good description of the cards. For the most part the cards are pictured correctly with this in mind with only a few details missing. I think that is why it is stressed for students (or Groups) to make their own.

    Things that are missing: The Shem Ha-Mephoresh or 72 names of god is missing in the minor cards 2-10; also missing the the ascendants and deacons. I find this, in fact, a relief. There are many questions to the actual attributions and for me, it good to see them gone. The Moon, Star, and Sun cards are missing the “rays” that add up to certain cabalistic numbers. Personally, I miss that there is no rainbow or Irises (or Greek Goddess of the same name) on the card Temperance. In fact many of the cards are missing little flowers, animals, or accents that the Smith-Waite put in that(for me)bolstered the card. Finally, (and i know its not fair to compare) but the deck seems to be missing the “visionary quest” that Pamela Coleman Smith depicted so wonderfully in her decks. Meaning a hill or stream pictured in the background will recur in an other card having a magnificent significance that leads one to the idea and feeling of initiation. The cards feel static and flat to me.

    On the cards themselves: They are beautifully drawn and use for the most part the “picture ideas” from Smith-Waite/Thoth/Dawson decks. Some will notice the Fool and the Lover cards follow the Liber T and the initiatory rituals representations unique to the Golden Dawn. Cards I found “odd” where the 5 of pentacles and 6 of swords. 5 of pentacles is usually depicted a “loss” of revenue or hard financial difficulties. In this deck the 5 of pentacles depicts a older gentleman in a very ripe grape vineyard harvesting from the vine. Storm clouds can be seen in the distance. The 6 of Swords usually depicts a picture of water travel/serenity/acceptance and moving to ward a goal. In this deck it depicts a lovely young nude female standing in a circle of swords laying on the ground. She is holding a decapitated man’s head on a plater and you see the body lying in the back ground. Not that this is perhaps “wrong” persay but I’m not quite sure what this card is supposed to mean. I love new artistic idea added to the Tarot and definitely these cards due that. I was truly ecstatic when I first saw the pictures of this deck and thought “Alright!, someone finally made deck for the initiatory rituals!” Nonetheless, I still consider the Smith-Waite deck superior in imagery than this one even though the artwork (I think) is better. Of course I grew up with graphic novels and such which this art work resembles.

    Other things of interest: The Empress, Emperor, and Hierophant if placed side by side make a pretty cool triptych. The cards from knight, queen, king all contain their constellation designations and a few other cards as described by MacGreggor Mathers. The Some cards actually depict their kabalistic attribution such as the cards “the Hanged Man” and “Death”. Other cards have neoplatonic/occlult ideas expressed but it is very subtle. On the whole I thing the cards are well made. Thought has been put into them in as much they seems to shed many attributions but keep bare bones representations. Which I guess could be good or bad depending on your point of view.

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