Starting my own tarot business has given me more of an appreciation for people who have to gull pursue their dreams and create something original. So about a year and a half ago, I learned about the website, Kickstarter.com, through one of my favorite lifestyle blogs and thought it was an awesome idea! I thought they only funded movies, books and new inventions and then I saw this beautiful tarot deck called The Tarot Of Delphi! This is a deck was created by Janet D.H. Hinkel, a non-fiction writer and art lover. On the side of the box it describes the deck as "A fine art tarot deck illustrated with authentic Victorian and Edwardian art from 1838 to 1913". When you look at the deck you get the feeling you are transported back to the Greco-Roman times. The deck was fully funded by backers on Kickstarter back in December 2013 and those of us who ordered the deck recently received it.
First up, The packaging (5 Stars):
The box that the Tarot of Delphi came in is nice and sturdy. Most people who receive a new deck like this want to get tarot bags and boxes (some of which are available on her website) to protect the cards. But with this box if you don't want to you don't have to. On the front of box, the High Priestess card is depicted. You see her sitting on a high stool holding what looks like a shell in one hand and a branch in another. Smoke is rising from the ground underneath her and she seems to be taking in the aroma. This is a picture of the The Priestess of Delphi by John Collier in 1891. On the back of the box, all the artist of all the different paintings are given credit.
The Booklet and Deck (5 Stars):
The booklet is a small 66-page booklet that includes the description of the painting and key words of what the card represents in the Tarot deck. The card stock is very good and sturdy and it does not look like the cards will rip and tear easily. There are 79 cards in this deck. There are the traditional 78 cards with an alternate Empress card. It is amazing how each card has kept it's vivid color and effect after being printed. Looking at the deck you really do get the feeling you are in a museum. It is also very neat the Ms. Hinkel was able to find a painting that is a pretty accurate representation of the card in the original Rider-Waite deck. As stated on the Tarot of Delphi website, Ms. Hinkel has changed some of the names of the cards in the Major Arcana. "In the trumps, the Wheel of Fortune has become the Threads of Fate; Hanged Man is The Asundered One (Orpheus); The Devil, The Siren; The Tower, The Shipwreck; and The World, The Garden (of the mythical Hesperides)". The suits stay true to the original Rider-Waite style with cups, wands, swords and coins. The court cards names are changed to the Devotee (Page), the Artisan (Knights), the Hero (Queens) and the Enchantress (Kings). Some of my favorite cards are the Ten of Swords, all the Enchantresses and both of the Empress cards.
Practical use (5 Stars): This deck is definitely a deck that you can use for yourself and/or your clients. I myself am excited to use this deck with my clients and see the look on their faces when they see this beautiful Victorian art!
Final Note: I'm very much in love with this new deck. The images are beautiful, it's easy to use and interpret and the Greco-Roman themes depicted give it a very unique style.
Final Star Rating- 5 Stars all the way!!!!
If you want to learn more about this deck, you can visit the Tarot of Dephi website to order your own deck and other accessories. If you want to learn more Kickstarter and other decks being funded through them, visit kickstarter.com.
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