Pack information: Boxed set of 78 cards with 64 page card mini sized booklet.
(Please note the booklet is very small with maybe 60 or so words per card. If you would like a bigger book please see "The Beginners Guide to Tarot" which features the same card deck with a much bigger book).
Card dimensions: 70 x 120 mm
Author: Juliet Sharman-Burke
They say: This deck has been specially created for the first-time tarot user. Juliet Sharman-Burke is an experienced reader and teacher, and Giovanni Caselli is an internationally renowned artist. Their collaboration has produced a deck with traditional symbolism of extraordinary clarity for both Major and Minor Arcana cards. This is the deck to use as you begin your journey of discovery through the tarot.
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Juliet Sharman-Burke was born in Nairobi, Kenya and has spent over 20 years practising astrology and tarot and has written a number of books on these topics, both for beginners and the more advanced. Her fascination with the tarot began in the early 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1976, when she did a course at the Franklin School in London, that she decided to focus more intently on her passion for the tarot, as well as her interest in psychology and astrology. She has successfully combined all these interests into her life and work, through teaching, working and writing books.
Juliet qualified as an analytic psychotherapist and runs a private practice in the city of London. Alongside this, she’s taught and supervised at the Centre for Psychological Astrology since it began in June 1983. She currently runs the administration and organisation sides of the Centre.
Juliet has gone on to write a number of highly acclaimed books on astrology and tarot subjects, plus a book of stories for children. She’s co-authored a couple of titles with Liz Greene, including The Mythic Tarot and The Mythic Journey, the former of which included a tarot deck and was based on Greek myths.
She’s also co-created the Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck, along with Italian illustrator Giovanni Caselli. Originally produced as part of The Beginner’s Guide to Tarot, the deck has since been released on its own and uses more traditional symbolism on the cards, which is drawn from a mixture of influences, including the Waite, Visconti and Marseilles decks.
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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Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews4 out of 5 By Brian StevensonThe Major Arcana of this deck are based not only on the 20th century Rider-Waite deck, but also on the 15th century Visconti-Sforza Tarot and the 18th century Tarot of Marseilles. Despite this, all the cards have a light and modern feel to them and great skill has been used to blend several centuries of images into one homogenous whole.
All of the Minor Arcana are heavily influenced by the Rider-Waite deck. However, the Minor Arcana’s colour schemes have been chosen to reflect the four elements. Wands feature red, yellow and orange; Cups utilise pale blue and pink; Swords feature mauve and gray and Pentacles use brown and green. This interesting idea is especially helpful in a complex spread where the colour-coding immediately gives a quick overview of the Minor Arcana cards present in the spread.
Some of the complex esoteric imagery present in the Rider-Waite has deliberately been omitted from the deck. This simplifies the pictures and means that a detailed knowledge of esoteric subjects is not required to use the deck successfully. All the cards are full of life, action and interest and most of the characters’ faces are expressively drawn. I would recommend this deck to both beginners and experienced readers who are looking for an interesting alternative to the traditional Rider-Waite cards.
Finally, I must praise the skill used in drawing The Knight of Swords. The effect of charging headlong into the wind is remarkable!