Samstag, 14. April 2012

Tarot of the Sephiroth

Creator(s): Josephine Mori, Jill Stockwell, Dan Staroff
Date: 1999
Country: USA
Publisher: US Games
Number of cards: 78
ISBN: 1-57281-251-6
Type: Golden Dawn
Reference: Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. IV, p. 513

The images were originally drawn in pen and ink, scanned into a computer, with colour being added later. They were intentionally given a two dimensional effect, aimed at replicating the style of Egyptian hieroglyphic art. The symbolism in this deck includes astrological, elemental and Qabalistic attributions and associations from Greek, Roman, Hebrew and Egyptian Mythology.

The Major Arcana cards correspond to the paths that connect the Sephiroth. The numbered Minor Arcana correspond to the Sephirot, or spheres, of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and are shown with circular borders in their respective corresponding colors. In an overlay of the two's, three's, sixes and tens, the borders of these cards will align with the appropriate sphere formed by the joining of the Court Cards in their respective spheres.

The cards can be laid out to physically construct a Tree of Life. The Number Cards contain the colored circles of the ten sephiroth, the Majors include the path between two sephiroth as an appropriately colored band crossing the card, and the Court Cards can be assembled together to form a complete sphere on the tree.

The deck includes a presentation card and an introductory card. The back design is white stars on a blue background. The LWB (Little White Book) that accompanies the deck notes that the images on the Tarot cards act as links to connect elements of the human condition and the universal (archetypal) forces that affect all of us and contains graphics that show the spheres, their numbers, and their associated colors.

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