Creator(s): Lee Bursten, Luca Raimondo
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Number of Cards: 78
The astrological attributions have been placed within a modern day concept set in a 1940s era world, rather than that of mythology or medieval times. In the Major Arcana, each card is assigned a sign or one of the planets. The seven traditional planets on the Major Arcana are represented by people in a
family: grandparents, parents, son, daughter, and infant.
zodiac signs are represented by scenes that bear an analogy to the
astrological meaning of the signs. The Quadruplicates of the Signs are shown
by the time of day seen on the card (Cardinal cards are daytime, Fixed
cards are night, and Mutable cards take place at either sunrise or
Unlike the Golden Dawn, this deck uses the modern planets Uranus,
Neptune, and Pluto (which was not even discovered when the Golden Dawn
invented its system). The cards that the Golden Dawn assigned to the Elements are assigned
to the three modern planets and show scenes associated with the major societal changes that these planets represent.
The Minor Arcana is divided into decants (each sign is divided into
three decants of ten degrees each). Each Decan is assigned a planetary
ruler, so each card carries a planet and a sign. The pip cards use the images from
the Major Arcana to depict various permutations of people and scenes
(planets and signs) as outlined by the Golden Dawn.
Also unlike the Golden Dawn, this deck relies
solely on the astrological attributions to delineate the cards, whereas
the Golden Dawn used a combination of astrology, the Kabbalah, and
Picatrix for most of its interpretations.
The Major Arcana have traditional titles, with the following
exceptions: the Hierophant becomes the Priest and the Wheel of Fortune
becomes the Wheel. Strength is in position VIII, and Justice in position
XI. The four suits are Torches (Wands), Waves (Cups), Clouds (Swords)
and Stones (Pentacles). The Court Cards are Princess, Prince, Queen and