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Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on January 19, 2010 | Comments (7)

This is another deck with spectacular images. But first, a little about this unique deck. Tarot historian Giordano Berti used primary source material to create instructions and direction for an artist who has not seen other versions of Golden Dawn or Golden Dawn-tradition-based decks. This allows for an entirely fresh composition and depiction of these meanings, including illustrated pips. This deck moves away from numeric pips, expanding on the original design (just as Waite and Smith did) to create the first truly all-pictorial Golden Dawn deck What an exciting technique to create a deck that is based on a specific foundation but not derivative. Is this what the tarot world has been waiting for? Is this a step in evolution for tarot, a way to break out of the clone rut? Time and usage by readers will tell.

This deck contains a really interesting surprise. But you’ll have to wait until next Thursday for that. You’ll get to see my fancy Photoshopping skills, too. You won’t want to miss that, will you?

The 4 of Swords is particularly poignant to me. The warrior has come home, bruised and battered, after a battle, his armor tossed on the floor. His wife has the posture and expression that I imagine most wives of warriors or seamen have whenever their loved ones come safely home.


The 9 of Swords also touches my heart. An old woman, who has probably in her life been grandmother, mother, wife, sister, and daughter, weeps among the dead and fallen as only one with her ties and experience can.


Okay, enough of the sad. We’ll end on an up note…literally. This is probably my most favorite 8 of Wands ever. She is focus and determined and taking action. She is not worried about the specifics of her next step; she is counting on the universe to create her path as she goes along. At least, that’s how I see it.


Reader Comments

Written By Theresa
on January 19th, 2010 @ 8:18 am

Great deck – the 8 of Wands reminds me of Xena, Warrior Princess!

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on January 19th, 2010 @ 11:28 am

Beautifal Deck, Beautifally presented. Looking forward to your response to some of the other cards. Blessing, BB.

Written By Ty
on January 19th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

I got this deck for Yule and have been using it for daily meditations with some fascinating insights! I haven’t done any spreads with it yet (I generally ‘test’ a deck with daily mediatations for a month first)butI look forward to using it. The art is breathtaking and truly unique. And I know the secret Barbara is hinting at- and it’s beautiful! And this deck is full of secretsthat reward careful mediatation and observation. Which we all do, right? lol!

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on January 19th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

Hi Ty,
I like to ask a deck what it has to teach me, and pull a spread the day I purchase it, then use the deck for Daily Draws for a month, if I feel a good connection then maybe for mediation.

I tend to like to scan a deck I’m using for mediation and spend a good bit of time with it on my computer screen, looking at really big images, before pulling back and taking up my seat. Those big lovely images often reveal things I might never notice on the card themselves. Try this with the Thoth, or a lot of your Lo Scarabeo Decks. You might find the results interesting.

Written By Mary Christianson
on February 2nd, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

This is the best artwork in a Golden Dawn deck since the Crowley deck. Exciting. Very exciting

Written By Barbara Moore
on February 2nd, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

Mary, I agree. This art just really moves me.


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