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Wheel of the Year Tarot
A product by Lo Scarabeo Wheel of the Year Tarot

By: Lo Scarabeo
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Deck | 9780738729565
English | 3 x 5 x 1 IN
Pub Date: May 2011
Price: $22.95 US,  $26.50 CAN
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Summary

The Wheel of the Year Tarot beautifully and cleverly incorporates the setting and sensibility of the seasons. The combined symbols of seasonal holidays and traditional tarot enhance each other, making for a very beautiful deck that is a delight to read with.

In-Depth Review

The Wheel of the Year Tarot is one of the most cleverly designed pagan-based decks ever. Both the Major and Minor Arcana seamlessly incorporate the theme in a way that enhances the traditional meanings, remaining  true to the RWS tradition, and expresses the theme.

The suits and the courts are particularly fabulous. Each is assigned to a Pagan holiday and season which is expressed in the images by setting and sensibility in a way that adds to rather than fights with or detracts from the RWS meanings.

The Cups are associated with Imbolc and Ostara, and consequently with spring. The Wands are connected with Beltane and Litha, and obviously with summer. The Pentacles represent Lughnasadh and Mabon with a clear autumn feel. The Swords are assigned to Samhain and Yule, and cover the winter months.

As an example of this deck there are two cards to observe. There is a charming touch of the old European flavor of interpretation in these cards. It is slight, but clever. The 9 of Cups is a delightful image of a happy group of people on a picnic. Glasses are raised and smiles abound. In the foreground is a close up of a leaf. Perched on the leaf is a ladybug. In the US, it is said that ladybugs are lucky. If one lands on you, you can blow it away and get a wish. One of the old fortune-telling meanings of the 9 of Cups is that it is the Wish Card.

The other card is the 8 of Wands. In modern decks, we mostly see just eight wands moving quickly through the air. However, in European decks there is a focus on receiving a message (as well as the usual fast-moving events). This deck shows that interpretation by including a hawk or falcon with a message tied to its leg. 

The Majors are very archetypal and completely free of any calendar structure. This is a good thing. As a result it lacks the feeling that so many themed decks have of forcing correspondences on the cards that simply do not make sense. Instead the Majors are designed to incorporate seasonal images and symbols in ways that enhance the traditional meanings.

The art is beautiful. The images are clear and evocative. It is easy and lovely to read with; this deck will become one of your favorites!

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Name of deckWheel of the Year Tarot

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo

ISBN: 9780738729565

Creator's name: Maria Caratti

Artist's name:  Antonella Plantano

Name of accompanying bookletWheel of the Year Tarot

Number of pages of booklet: 63 (14 in English)

Author of booklet: Maria Caratti

Available in a boxed kit?: no

Reading Uses: General

Focus: Seasons

Artistic Style: illustrative

Theme: Pagan holidays

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

Does it have alternate names for Minor Arcana suits?: No

Does it have alternate names for the Court Cards?: No

Why was deck created?: To view the tarot through the seasons.

Book suggestions for experienced Tarot users and this deck: Any beginner book, such as Tarot for Beginners.




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