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Renaissance Tarot Book
Renaissance Tarot Book

What customers are saying about A Renaissance Tarot Book

A "companion book" + an indispensible tarot history resource

This book was published to accompany the author's "Renaissance Tarot" deck. But whereas most companion books confine themselves to the deck they are sold with, perhaps folding in generic tarot-reading instructions, this book explores the origins and symbolism of the tarot with such depth that it is an important stand-alone tarot book.

Moving beyond recycled speculation about gypsies, Egyptian mystery cults, and other such exotica, this book goes directly to the source: the culture of Renaissance Italy, which produced the first tarot decks. Williams does not attempt to deliver the definitive "truth" about what the original tarot designers may have had in mind, but he does collect an extraordinary array of "tarot parallels" in art, literature, philosophy, mythology, and folk culture. What emerges is a picture of the enduring archetypal nature of the each of the tarot symbols. Williams shows how deeply embedded these images are in our culture, and how ubiquitous and familiar they were to people in 15th century Europe.

The text is supported by hundreds of attractive line drawings, made by the author to illustrate the historic works of art referenced in the text. The book thus becomes a guided tour back in time to the culture that produced the first tarot decks, imbued with the author's personal vision and yet faithful to the facts at every turn. There are few books available to give the student a trustworthy and useable account of the meaning of the tarot symbols in their original context. This is one of the best. Also included are brief descriptions of the cards in the Renaissance Tarot deck, along with divinatory meanings and some instruction on reading the cards. The book's greatest value, however, is in illustrating where the tarot comes from, and deepening and enriching the reader's understanding of the ancient symbols. Even if you don't use the Renaissance Tarot deck, this book will give you many wonderful insights about the tarot and bring you into a deeper relationship with the cards of your own deck. Highly recommended.

—Tom Waters, Amazon customer


The journey that is the Renaissance Tarot spanned a period of ten years - the results show the care, thought and nurturing that was taken every step of the way. Brian Williams had a life long interest in both classical and Renaissance art, which he has translated nicely into the Renaissance Tarot. After spending a year in studies at the University of Padua in Italy. Brian took the illustrations and theory that would become the Renaissance Tarot and used them as the basis for an independent thesis and project at the University of California at Berkeley.

One of the themes that run through this book and deck is the place that Tarot held in European culture. Brian's stated purpose with the accompanying book is to provide a complete guide to the cards, their meanings and their uses. He also goes into the historical significance of each of the cards, which is not something that I have seen done elsewhere. Each card, including the minors, has a bit of myth in it that explains the archetypal qualities of the card, For example, the Ten of Swords is the myth of Paris and Achilles, while the Chariot is the myth of Aphrodite and Ares.

Throughout the accompanying book there are a wealth of black and white illustrations from the Renaissance period. At one point we see the game of Tarot being played (as taken from a mid-fifteenth century fresco in the Sala dei Giochi in the Casa Borromeo in Milan. At another point we see a manuscript illumination of Mars (the God) from the fifteenth century. At yet another point we see an engraving of a Satyr family by Durer from 1505. The list is endless - and fascinating.

With each of the majors we are treated to a wonderful description of the card, quite an involved background into the archetypal myth, and incredible illustrations, as well as divinatory and reversed meanings. With the court cards and the minors we see a description of the card, an abbreviated version of the myth behind it, as well as divinatory and reversed meanings. Each section contains a black and white scan of the card.

At the end of the book Brian presents a section on Tarot spreads, including the Celtic Cross, Tetrasky (also known as the Pythagorean Tetrad) and the Twelve Houses spreads. An interesting aside on the Twelve Houses spread is that it is presented in a square format (referred to as a quadrilateral design), rather than the usual circular format.

The cards themselves are 2 3/4" by 5", on glossy card stock. The backs have a 1/4" white border, with a bisque colored center containing intricate work using triple circles resembling Celtic Knots, upon which reside the medieval symbols for the elements in the four corners, with four corresponding animals floating within them. A male and female figure recline in the center, with their hands held. The almost blandness of the backs acts as a kind of foil for the wonderfully rich colors of the card faces. Again we see the use of a 1/4" white border, followed by a 1/4" gold inner border. The top two corners of each of the cards contain figures (some animal, some human, some symbols) that are there for ornamental purposes only. The title for each card is across the bottom, in both Italian and English.

The overall coloring is a well-done pastel, with the figures dressed, for the most part, in Renaissance fashion. The pips make basic use of the suit symbol, with animal and human figures added to them that are not integral to the understanding of the cards. Each suit has its own color: yellow for Swords, pink for Cups, green for Pentacles and blue for Staves.

There are two small changes in the titling of the Major Arcana: the Wheel of Fortune becomes Chance and Judgment becomes the Angel. Each time I return to this deck I find something new to intrigue me. The accompanying book has lessons of its own to give. I highly recommend this deck to all students at all levels of study.

—Bonnie Cehovet, Aeclectic Tarot

$17.95
LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot
LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEGRANDE CIRCUS & SIDESHOW TAROT

I love the nostalgic feeling that these cards bring with them and the adaptation to the way of Circus life is brilliant.

The major arcana cards, court cards and aces are labeled on the front.  The pips are not labeled but are easy to identify so there’s no confusion about what card you’re looking at in a spread.

The downloadable tarot spread is a wonderful touch.  I’ve printed this out on plain white paper and tucked it right into the box of cards.

If you love themed decks and have an interest in the circus this deck will be a great addition to your collection.  If you’re looking for a working deck that you can use with any client of any age the LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot will work well for you.

— Mary Nale, Attune Magazine


“Come one, come all… Step right up…Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages! You are about to witness a daring Tarot deck of adventure and wonder…of excitement, guaranteed to delight! A deck that you will remember throughout your lifetime! Never before has anything so dashing been seen! I am privileged to introduce to you the star of the show…(drum roll please)…The LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot!”

Created and illustrated by Joe Lee, a former professional clown with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, this gorgeous 78 card Tarot deck with its bright colors and vintage circus styled posters is guaranteed to please almost every circus aficionado and tarot reader alike. 

The cards measure nearly 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 and are accentuated by a red line frame, with a colorful mirror image clown on the back that allows the reader to use reversals if so chosen. I had no problems shuffling and I have always loved U.S. Games Systems card stock because I am always able to mix the cards well without damage to edges or card stock itself.

Following the familiar Tarot Archetypes found in most traditional style decks, Joe Lee has quite successfully captured the unique flavor of circus sights and sounds without sacrificing the essence of conventional interpretations. The Major Arcana reflect the popular parade of archetypal characters with the exception of The Popess, replacing the accustomed High Priestess and the Pope filling in for the more commonly named Heirophant. Strength is enumerated 8 and Justice sports the familiar numeral 11.

The Minor Arcana, a depiction of day to day life, reflects the quirky and unparalleled circus lifestyle with its high wire performers, juggling acts and cast of characters unique to this big top venue.

This is an absolutely delightful Tarot deck, one that even the newest readers can pick up and read straight away. I just can’t express how impressed I was as soon as I opened the box and began working with such a colorful cast of characters! I would urge readers both young and old, experienced or not, to add this to their collections!

— tarotbyelizabeth.com

$22.95
Inspirational Wisdom from Angels & Fairies
Inspirational Wisdom from Angels & Fairies

What customers are saying about Inspirational Wisdom from Angels and Fairies 

This fanciful parade of fairies, angels, dreams, doorways, magic bubbles, and moonlight is as powerful as it is endearing. The Wisteria Fairy smiles coyly from her branch, the Mushroom Fairy’s green-beaded hair flows behind her as she marches through a forest of mushrooms, and Pegasus blesses the rainbow in the Fairy of Fantasy’s creative world. This ethereal cast of characters sprinkles stars and use blossoms as trumpets as the 44 cards in this beautiful deck seem to come alive in your hands.



Mastrangelo’s sophisticated layering of vibrant colors in the illustrations creates an energetic (sometimes nearly 3-D) effect. Munro’s 60-page companion book adds insight, as well as affirmations, prayers, and special exercises. The compilation of symbolism in each card makes this delightful deck perfect for daily meditation or one-card readings.




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This fanciful parade of fairies, angels, dreams, doorways, magic bubbles, and moonlight is as powerful as it is endearing. The Wisteria Fairy smiles coyly from her branch, the Mushroom Fairy’s green-beaded hair flows behind her as she marches through a forest of mushrooms, and Pegasus blesses the rainbow in the Fairy of Fantasy’s creative world. This ethereal cast of characters sprinkles stars and use blossoms as trumpets as the 44 cards in this beautiful deck seem to come alive in your hands.



Mastrangelo’s sophisticated layering of vibrant colors creates an energetic (sometimes nearly 3-D) effect. Munro’s 60-page companion book adds insight, as well as affirmations, prayers, and special exercises. The compilation of symbolism in each card makes this delightful deck perfect for daily meditation or one-card readings.

—Anna, Tarotwise.com

$21.95
Mystical Wisdom Card Deck
Mystical Wisdom Card Deck

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MYSTICAL WISDOM CARD DECK:

The Mystical Wisdom deck is a treasure of an oracle. Josephine Wall is a favorite fantasy artist of mine. Her works are beautiful, soothing, inspiring, and wonderful for divination. The more you look at each work, the more details you see. U.S. Games has done a spectacular job taking these incredible pieces of art and making them into a deck. The first thing you notice is the sturdy box, with the full color design that U.S. Games does so well. The cards are oversized, just enough to give you the full effect of the intricate details of the art, but still comfortable to handle and shuffle. They chose to leave off borders which also suits the art work very well. You feel drawn into the images, as if your vision goes on beyond the cards (as well it should). The card stock is perfect; you won't get curling with use. The back of the cards are a dreamy soft pink and yellow design, reversible except for the publishers stamp. The booklet is sturdy as well, with a beautiful full color cover. This will most certainly hold up over time.

There were no corners cut in the publishing of this deck, and I think that the high quality shows a great deal of respect for the art. The cards are a collection of arch angels, animal spirits, advice and inspiration. The book is written by Gaye Guthrie, and she does a wonderful job of taking you deep into each card and drawing out it's mystical significance. She notes in the introductory paragraphs that "The purpose of the Mystical Wisdom cards is not to endorse fear of the unknown, but to inspire and uplift you by bringing peace and comfort when times are challenging and also at times when life is joyful." This is a deck you can trust to guide you in hard times. It will offer comfort, hope and advice. I know I will be turning to it in the future both for myself and my clients.

I definitely recommend buying a copy of this deck; I really feel that it will hold it's value both as a collector's item and as a useful divination tool and accompaniment.

—Jill Scott, Tarot Marketplace


$22.95