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Old English Tarot Deck

Old English Tarot Deck
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World-renowned artist Maggie Kneen has taken her inspiration for Old English Tarot from the medieval English manuscript Luttrell Psalter, written and illustrated in the 14th century by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell. The detailed images, ranging from peasant life to religious scenes, provide a visual reference for everyday life in medieval England. Its richly patterned, heraldic borders and distinctive colors schemes directly inspired Old English Tarot. This unique deck invites you to relax and let your imagination explore a long ago era when possibilities were endless. Old English Tarot inspires a peaceful atmosphere for readings and meditation.

Maggie Kneen is best-known for illustrating some of the most beloved children’s books including The Snow Bear, Chocolate Moose, Babe: The Gallant Pig and numerous others. She also provided the illustrations for the Psy-Cards System.


SKU OET78
Weight 0.55 lbs
ISBN 978-1-57281-040-2
Size 2-3/4" x 4-3/4"
Artist Maggie Kneen
$21.95


  • WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OLD ENGLISH TAROT:

    The colors are rich, bold, and deep. The lines are simple, but the pictures are still detailed enough to be pleasing to an art lover. What struck me the most was the background of the major arcana. It is a warm and creamy golden brown with very artistically drawn curlicues twisting through it. What I found particularly interesting was the way in which the artist worked off of some older tarot interpretations. For instance, The Lovers shows a young man trying to choose between two women, often representing virtue and vice, while cupid hovers above them, waiting to let his arrow fly. This is typical of older tarot decks, and shows more of the choice and duality that is inherent in the meaning of the card.

    -- Star Daisy, on Aeclectic Tarot


    This is one of my favorite decks. I love most things (well-done things!) that are Medieval themed, and this is definitely well-done. It takes me back to the pastoral days of the mid-1300's so much so that I would be bet if they unearthed an English Tarot deck from that time, it would look very much like this.

    -- Shalott, on Aeclectic Tarot


    The cards are a joyous telling of medieval life, and are decorated with beautiful borders and backgrounds. The artwork is comfortable, friendly, inviting and fun. It also exhibits a talented blending of color, shading, and a unique style. Throughout the deck birds, mushrooms, crops, dragons, horses, fruits, wagons, rabits, castles, men, women and children all make an effective and appealing appearance. Maggie Kneen has taken her inspiration from the historic, and has effectively created a modern deck with her favorite aspects of illuminated manuscripts. It feelsboth old and new, distinctly appropriate for us today. It has definite character, and a spirit that is present but not overwhelming. Additionally, the quality of the artwork is consistent throughout -- it is always excellent. If you like the art here, you will likely love the whole deck.

    -- Nellie Levine, Illumination Tarot