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Tarot of The New Vision - CARDS

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Pack information: 78 cards with booklet
Card dimensions: 65 x 120 mm
Artists: Raul and Gianluca Cestaro

They say: The figures of this deck were inspired by the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, designed and described by renowned English occultist Arthur Edward Waite for the young painter and illustrator of books, Pamela Colman Smith, who created them in 1909. This tarot, without a doubt the most famous in the world, has been the object of many attempts at imitation and was the source of inspiration for numerous decks that are still on the market.

For the first time, the images created by Smith for the New Vision Tarot were designed by rotating the perspective 180 degrees (the figure is no longer seen from the front, but rather from the back). What the depicted figures have in front of them or behind them can therefore be discovered (depending on the angle). This is not simply a figurative peculiarity but an ulterior extension of meanings. Some symbolic elements, where possible, were also added in order to come closer to the traditional symbols.

One of the greatest difficulties when the new images were designed was the angle of the Kings and Queens seen from the back on the throne. The problem was identical for many Major Arcana such as the High Priestess, the Emperor, the Hierophant, the Chariot, and Justice. While realizing this project some of the cards required 'artistic' license for the enlargement or reduction of the size of the figures and objects in relation to their original position. For some cards, for example the High Priestess and Justice, the edge of a curtain located behind them was allowed to fall in order to make the main character more visible.

People who currently use the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot now have a convenient deck that represents its complement and its completion. Thanks to the New Vision Tarot, a new and enlarged image of each card is possible for more profound reflection. As if wanting to emphasize the coincidences of life, in order to illustrate this tarot two twin brothers were chosen thanks to their modern and effective colors with a clean line: Raul and Gianluca Cestaro. A man and his twin, a coin and its other side, a person and his opposite point of view, the Rider-Waite tarot and this deck: All for broadening knowledge... and awareness.

What Holisticshop staff think

"I do like this deck. I love the new insights that are contained in the cards. For instance in viewing the man standing in the 3 of Wands you get a whole new view of a wagon train arriving behind him, and you cast your mind back to the 3 of Wands in the Original deck and know that in the original he is looking out over water to horizons new, and it makes sense that a wagon train is arriving behind him as the 3 of Wands is about looking to these new horizons with hope, knowing and hoping you will end up where you would like to be. Having the wagons implies that you have upped camp and are looking for something new, but you have a lot of support.

I find this deck especially useful on those cards that you "know" what they mean but you cannot "feel" them as strongly as other cards. That extra bit of insight or extra symbol can help move you along. I am not saying some of the traditionalists will approve, but don't we need something different every now and again to jar our vision? I think the insights and extra information is well conceived.

My instant reaction to the Tarot of the New Vision is to say that it is a deck best suited to those have been reading the Tarot for a while. But then on second thoughts I am not so sure, because who is to say that drawing the depictions of the Original Rider Waite from completely the opposite direction offers anything less important than if drawn front on. I think it would make for an interesting discussion point in a Tarot class, comparing Original Rider Waite cards with the New Vision cards."

By Brett Almond

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Tarot Cards
The Tarot is a specific system that has 78 cards in total. There are 4 suits (referred to as the minor arcana) and 22 other cards (referred to as the major arcana). Each card represents a specific energy. And each card, through the picture on the card, is trying to help you to feel the specific energy of that card. The reason there are so many different kinds of Tarot decks is that Different Tarot decks may present this energy in different pictorial form. We have lots of articles on Tarot.

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What Holisticshop staff think

"I do like this deck. I love the new insights that are contained in the cards. For instance in viewing the man standing in the 3 of Wands you get a whole new view of a wagon train arriving behind him, and you cast your mind back to the 3 of Wands in the Original deck and know that in the original he is looking out over water to horizons new, and it makes sense that a wagon train is arriving behind him as the 3 of Wands is about looking to these new horizons with hope, knowing and hoping you will end up where you would like to be. Having the wagons implies that you have upped camp and are looking for something new, but you have a lot of support.

I find this deck especially useful on those cards that you "know" what they mean but you cannot "feel" them as strongly as other cards. That extra bit of insight or extra symbol can help move you along. I am not saying some of the traditionalists will approve, but don't we need something different every now and again to jar our vision? I think the insights and extra information is well conceived.

My instant reaction to the Tarot of the New Vision is to say that it is a deck best suited to those have been reading the Tarot for a while. But then on second thoughts I am not so sure, because who is to say that drawing the depictions of the Original Rider Waite from completely the opposite direction offers anything less important than if drawn front on. I think it would make for an interesting discussion point in a Tarot class, comparing Original Rider Waite cards with the New Vision cards."

By Brett Almond

Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews

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Well, that's the quote on the side of the packaging and it's one I've been pondering since I bought the deck when they were first published in August of last year. The deck is basically a new perspective on the original Rider-Waite Tarot, offering the artist's view of what you'd get if you turned the image 180 degrees i.e. you find yourself inside the card looking out.

Without doubt some of the cards show an interesting new perspective. 'The Fool' steps from the edge of the cliff to see a volcano ahead of him, 'The Empress' shows two small children and a swan behind the throne. However some of the Major Arcana, e.g. 'The Emperor' and the 'Hierophant' and some of the Minor Arcana appear lacking in imagination. This is hardly surprising, as it must be a daunting task to take possibly the definitive and certainly best selling of decks and show all 78 cards from a different perspective. In addition this deck seems to have a decidedly 'Biblical' feel, 'The Lovers' appear to become Adam and Eve looking out over Eden and what looks like Noah's Ark is visible on a tsunami-like wave which seems to threaten the 'King of Chalices' and serpents seem to be far more visible in this deck - even poised at the heel of 'The Hermit'.

Back to the quote 'the deck no one had ever thought of' - well, I've been in two minds over this and come to the conclusion, 'Why would anyone want to?' Anyone who has used the Rider-Waite Tarot for meditation will no doubt have 'stepped' through the doorway of the card and taken a look around and will have discovered their own images for use in further meditation or readings. The tactile appeal of the cards......more
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I usually use the Radiant Rider deck. There were a few cards that I was struggling with and I got this deck as I thought it would be interesting to compare the illustrations. In some cases the New Vision pack has helped to clarify my understanding or add another layer of meaning - for example the Tower shows an apple tree bearing fruit behind it. Sometimes though, the additions are just distracting- as in 7 Pentacles where there is a ghostly figure floating in the sky. The cards are very slightly narrower than the Radiant deck, but fit easily into the usual sized wooden tarot boxes available. They are more colourful than the original Waite deck but the colours are quite muted which may appeal to those who think the Radiant Rider deck should come with free sunglasses. I have only given them a 3 star rating because, while the quality of the printing is good, and they are an interesting deck, I am disappointed with the quality of the card they are printed on. My immediate impression is that they feel thin, bend easily, and appear to be much less durable than the Radiant Rider cards. Only time will tell if this is the case during usage. I would give The Holistic Shop 5 stars though for their prompt customer service.

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