Iconic Tarot Decks The History, Symbolism and Design of over 50 Decks

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-08-03
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln

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Discover the secrets of the most iconic, mysterious and beautiful tarot decks ever created. 
The tarot is a treasury of divination, symbolism and self-knowledge. But who created its mysterious art and meaning, and why? What were they seeking? Does it originate in ancient esoteric wisdom or is this a vain fancy of the occultists? How has the interpretation and meaning of the cards evolved?
In Iconic Tarot Decks, Sarah Bartlett (the international bestselling author) presents 50 of the most iconic tarot decks – telling the powerful stories of how each was devised and designed and showcasing their most exemplary cards. Each of the fifty-six decks in this book holds its own unique symbolism and mystical beginnings: from Visconti-Sforza, the fifteenth-century deck that reveals the fates of two Italian dynasties, to the Sola Busca Tarot, with its esoteric alchemical codex; from the pioneering Rider-Waite-Smith deck to the occult riddles of English Magic Tarot.
With an introduction to reading tarot and useful tips on deciphering the cards – this is the perfect book for collectors, cartomancers, designers, tattoo artists and anyone interested in the art and mystery of tarot.

Author Biography

Sarah Bartlett is the author of several books, including Knot Magic, The Witch's Spellbook, The Essential Guide to Psychic Powers, The Little Book of Practical Magic, and the best-selling Tarot Bible. An astrologer for many women’s magazines, such as UK Cosmopolitan, She, Spirit & Destiny, and the London Evening Standard, Sarah also contributes to the BBC Radio 2 show Steve Wright in the Afternoon. Sarah teaches and practices, astrology, tarot, Wicca, and other esoteric arts.

Table of Contents

How to Use the Tarot
The History of Tarot

I. Influential Decks

Le Tarot de Marseille
The Book of Thoth Etteilla Tarot
The Crowley Thoth Tarot

II. Beginner’s Divination Decks

The Aquarian Tarot
The Classic Tarot 
Universal Tarot 
The Mystical Tarot 
The Enchanted Tarot 
Crystal Visions 
Paulina Tarot
The Good Tarot
The Golden Tarot 

III. Art and Collector’s Decks

The Golden Tarot of the Renaissance    
Mantegna Tarocchi
Minchiate Etruria (Anima Antiqua)
Mitelli Tarocchino
Le Tarot de Paris 
Tarocchi Fine dalla Torre
The 1JJ Swiss Tarot
Le Tarot Astrologique 
John Bauer Tarot
Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights 
Crystal Tarot
The Dali Universal Tarot 
The Wild Unknown Tarot
The Golden Tarot of Klimt 
Deviant Moon Tarot
Lost Code of Tarot
Prisma Visions 
Tarot Noir
The Guilded Tarot Royale

IV. Esoteric and Occult Decks

Sola Busca Tarot
Oswald Wirth Tarot
The English Magic Tarot 
The Alchemical Tarot Renewed
The Hermetic Tarot 
Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot
Tarot Illuminati 
Via Tarot
Splendor Solis Tarot
Cosmic Tarot 
Tarot of the Holy light 
Rosetta Tarot

V. Contemporary Decks

Dreams of Gaia
Bianco Nero Tarot
Tarot of the New Vision
Nefertari’s Tarot
Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot 
Book of Azathoth
Shadow Scapes Tarot
Vision Quest Tarot
Golden Thread Tarot
The Goddess Tarot 


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