Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
ENCYCLOPEDIA
Glossary
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

July/August 2016 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Encyclopedia
Print this Term Print this Article

Review of the Tarot of the Mystic Spiral

This article was written by Barbara Moore on November 30, -0001
posted under Tarot of the Mystic Spiral

Summary:

Use the Tarot of the Mystic Spiral to seek the underlying patterns of your life and of the universe. As you gain knowledge and control over your life, expand your understanding of the world and how it works.

In-Depth Review:

This is a deck to study and savor. It is not one to “get” or to “understand” in the sense of seeing a clear pattern or system. For this is a deck that examines math and physics and mysteries. There is the idea of a spiral…no, of many spirals…that may be all echoes of some great spiral that resonates through all of existence. How do spirals manifest in architecture, mathematics, nature, human history, and mythology? Is it the shape and energy of the spiral that unites everything that is? This deck attempts to explore that idea. In that sense, this deck is both a Tarot deck, useful for reading and divining your own future, and a consciousness-expanding tool, created to challenge your ideas about life, the universe, and, well, everything.

One reason this deck is hard to explain is because while there is a unifying theme…that of the spiral…there is no rigid system such as the Swords being all mathematical spirals, Cups being all spirals in mythology, and Pentacles being all spirals found in nature. No, nothing quite that simple and straightforward. Part of the magic of the spiral, I think, is that it makes your head spin. The spiral, whether in mathematics or in art, has within it an element of mystery and magic. And so it is truer to the theme to resist our left brain desire to create a rigid system.

So let’s simply take a sampling of a few cards to give you taste of the wonders that await.

Temperance is the archangel Raphael who brings health and harmony to divided energies that pass like souls from one container to anther in the form of a double helix. Opposites are neutralized when balanced.

The 5 of Cups shows the melancholy brought on by loss and manifests itself as the loss of control over energies that descend the spiral staircase down into the abyss.

The 5 of Pentacles features ants carrying coins along a Moebius ring.

The 7 of Pentacles shows Stonehenge in the background with crop circles in the foreground.

The Knave of Swords is Archimedes studying the spirals at the siege of Syracuse and stopping a soldier who is about to kill him (the pen, or in this case the compass, is mightier than the sword!).

The King of Swords is Bernoulli standing by the stone of his own tomb with the Golden Spiral and lemniscate curve. His mind and its gifts lasted far longer than the body that encased it.

The Tarot of the Mystic Spiral is certainly a mystical trip. For those who are willing to let go of preconceptions about Tarot and who already have (or wish to cultivate) a love for the mystery that is this great universe, this deck can take you places no other deck can. 

Deck Attributes

Name of deck: Tarot of the Mystic Spiral
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738732381
Creator’s name: Giovanni Pelosini
Brief biography of creator: Giovanni Pelosini is eclectic teacher and writer in various fields including Tarot, astrology, symbolism, yoga, theatre and cinema.
Artist’s name: Giuseppe Palumbo
Brief biography of artist: Palumbo is an artist who has also drawn the Afro-Brazilian Tarot. He has worked on various comic books including the well known “Martin Mystere” series.
Name of accompanying booklet: Tarot of the Mystic Spiral
Number of pages ofbooklet: 63, 14 in English
Author of booklet: Giovanni Pelosini
Available in a boxed kit?: No
Magical Uses: None
Reading Uses: General
Tarot, Divination Deck, Other: Tarot
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Yes
Does it have extra cards?: No
Why was deck created?: To explore the idea of the spiral throughout the physical world, spiritual worlds, and human history. 


"She is indeed more splendid than the sun, she outshines all the constellations; compared with light, she takes first place, for light must yield to night…" —The Book of Wisdom 7:29-30 When we speak of the darkness of our nature we immediately turn our mind towards the shadow of our being—that is, all those emotional states... read this article
The Bath of Self-Care
Protecting Yourself Against Demonic Entities
Seven Ways to Feed Your Witch Power
How to Survive Waking Up
Bring Your Tarot Readings to Life

Most recent posts:
Knowing Our Natural Feminine Confidence & Worth
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Meghan Don, author of The New Divine Feminine. The most beautiful thing for the human being to know...

Modifying Tarot Spreads
Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings teaches a great deal about how spreads work, how they are designed, and how to...

Possession or "Possession Syndrome?"
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Debi Chestnut, author of Stalking Shadows, How to Clear Your Home of Ghosts & Spirits, Is Your...




Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar
84th Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $18.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
Alchemy 1977 Gothic 2017 Calendar Alchemy 1977 Gothic 2017 Calendar
The Midnight Rose

By: Alchemy 1977
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot
A Comprehensive Guide

By: Anthony Louis
Price: $24.99 US,  $28.95 CAN