Since I mentioned I’d recently picked up this deck, I thought I’d do a short post to show some of the cards, as most of the pictures I’ve seen of them online are dreadful. People scan them in, and the scanning makes the gold foil on the cards looks black. So I tried a different tack: I tried photographing them. If only I were a good photographer. Well, I do what I can. Here’s the best I was able to get with my camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7) in natural early evening room lighting. These were about the best I could do without creating a glaring flash.
It’s a gorgeous deck, and with the black borders I think it’s vastly more attractive than with those hideous blue borders on the other version of the deck, the Tarot of the Sphynx. I’m still annoyed by the multiple languages on the cards, I really wish Lo Scarabeo would get over that. Pick one, and stick with it. Seriously. Maybe I can just paint over the titles on the top ’cause WOW they irritate me.
The cards looks ‘scuffed up’ but it’s deliberate to simulate antiquity. I think that was unnecessary, not sure how it really adds anything. The black borders with the gold foil and the colors of the figures makes a very attractive deck, the scuffs are just kind of silly. In what seems a further effort to differentiate it from the Tarot of the Sphynx, the images are reversed, like a mirror image of the first deck. I don’t own the Tarot of the Sphynx so I’m going off images I find online and reviews I’ve read of it.
The Little White Book (LWB) is in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German, like the titles printed on the cards. It’s standard stuff, brief meanings of each card with no information on the Egyptian mythology. You’ll have to look elsewhere for real information. Luckily, I am deeply immersed in Lon Milo DuQuette’s “Understanding the Thoth Tarot” which has already taught me a bit about it. Most people are familiar with the names Isis, Osiris, Set, Anubis and probably a few others (probably everyone has seen some tv show or other talking about the pyramids and ancient astronauts and so on), but for me it was a superficial acquaintance with the myths. I’ve never spent much time really learning the Egyptian cosmology. I keep seeming to be tugged more and more in that direction, despite my reluctance.
That’s one of the things I love about Tarot, though: It leads you in so many directions, there’s always more to learn.