Summary: We are constantly going through various changes in our lives, but for the most part, they are beyond our conscious awareness and control. The Tarot of Metamorphosis aims to change this. Following the traditional RWS design, the surreal and mangaesque art opens us to understand and even encourage the positive changes. As such, this deck is a powerful tool for the experienced Tarot practitioner. It is especially good for meditation and personal spiritual evolutionary work.
Today, when most people consider the Tarot, they focus on its function for divination or "fortune telling." While that certainly is a valid and important use of the Tarot, to see it only for that purpose misses the point that has helped to make the Tarot increasingly popular. The Tarot can do far more than simply help you see the changes that will come in your life, it can also help you change and evolve. It can allow you to direct your inner change, increasing the personal transformation where desired, and give ways to overcome or at least ameliorate unwanted changes. It has been said that the "only constant is change." The Tarot can help to put you in control of that change.
Unfortunately, in most cases, the rather static images of the Tarot leave most people wondering as to the meanings of the cards in their lives. The Tarot of Metamorphosis finally makes this concept of personal evolution more obvious, and it does so in a "fantastic" manner.
The word "fantastic" is not meant as hyperbole. Rather, it's describing the artwork itself. It seems to combine the comic fantasy art exemplified in Japanese managa with surrealism and the "sexy robots" of Sorayama. More importantly, every card clearly and artistically indicates the very concept of evolution, change, or metamorphosis.
Slightly fan out the cards face up and the first thing you’ll note is that the white border that surrounds each card is divided by a horizontal swath of yellow, indicating the movement from one side of the card to the other. Virtually every card shows a person, creature or thing changing from one thing into another. But what are these changes?
That’s where the surprisingly informative Little White Booklet (LWB) becomes a necessity. Unlike most LWBs that simply give the divinatory meaning of the cards, this one shares the concept of change that appears on each card. Thus, in the Major Arcana, The Magician is described as "The first Metamorphosis. The Magician transforms the world with his illusions, casing on it the images of his intense will. The risk is being deceived by his imagination." The image shows a golden marionette breaking free of its strings as he dives off the snout of a dog with a giant Indian Sri Yantra in the background. The Hierophant is "The Metamorphoses of the Secret. Your continuously changing awareness requires new spiritual and psychic horizons. Do not become ensnared by dogmas and beliefs you have already overcome." The image shows a waterfall forming a pool. At the edge is another waterfall with rocks forming the face of the Hierophant. Water streams over his features as he observes a nymph bathing in the pool his waters are now forming.
In the Minors, each suit has a set of meanings. Swords are "The Metamorphoses of Thought." They use images from famous stories and art, including the obvious Metamorphosis of Kafka, Jekyl and Hyde, Dracula, Dante’s Inferno, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as the art of Hieronymus Bosch and René Magritte, to illustrate the concept of uncontrolled and unconscious transformations. Wands are "The Metamorphoses of Nature" and visually indicated that there is "no clear division between the natural kingdoms and the elements dance interwoven in the spiritual flurry of ceaseless evolution." Each card shows a being transformed into another species. Each card of the suite of Chalices features an image from the ancient stories of Greek legends, giving meaning to this suit indicating "The Metamorphoses of Myth." Included are illustrations of Zeus and Danae, Arachne, Tantalus, King Midas, Icarus, and Circe. Finally, the Pentacles indicates "The Posthumous Metamorphoses." We have reached a transition where we can transcend our weak fleshly bodies and enter "an era of uniting flesh and metal."
The LWB include a four-card spread called "The Chrysalis." Its purpose is to "focus awareness on the secret metamorphosis that is taking place inside of us." Experienced Tarot practitioners may want to add this concept to any of their readings.
This deck is strongly recommended for experienced users, especially those who use the Tarot for more than divination. The unconscious mind is filled with unlimited potential. The Tarot of Metamorphosis is a key that unlocks the door to seeing and understanding that potential.
Deck Attributes Name of deck:Tarot of Metamorphosis Publisher:Lo Scarabeo ISBN:9780738707921 Artist’s name:Luigi Di Glammarino Name of accompanying booklet:Tarot of Met[h]amorphosis Number of pages of booklet:64 (14 in English) Author of booklet:Massimiliano Filadoro Available in a boxed kit?: No Magical Uses:Meditation for personal change and evelopment. Reading Uses:General readings, but especially for when you (or your client) have met roadblocks to advancement. You know that things need to change but don’t know how. Artistic Style:Modern Surreal with illustrated novel (mangaesque) appeal and more than a hint of being influenced by Hajime Sorayama. Theme:Change Tarot, Divination Deck, Other:Tarot Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?:Yes Does it have extra cards?: No Does it have alternate names for Major Arcana cards?:No, however it uses the older (pre-Golden Dawn, pre-RWS) numbering where Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. Does it have alternate names for Minor Arcana suits?:No Does it have alternate names for the Court Cards?: No Why was deck created?: "This deck was designed as a key for opening the treasures of that inexhaustible reservoir of creativity that anxiously lies in our unconscious." Book suggestions for Tarot beginners and this deck:Tarot Kit for Beginnersby Janet Berres which includes a deck. If you already have a deck, useTarot for Beginnersby P. Scott Hollander. Book suggestions for experienced Tarot users and this deck: The LWB includes a list of recommended reading that includes classics of transformation ranging from Apuleius’ Metamorphosis and Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde to Phillip K. Dick’s, The Shifting Realities, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom, and Tarot Shadow Work by Christine Jette. Alternative decks you might like:Bosch Tarot
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