The Golden Tarot: The Visconti-sforza Deck by Mary PackardThe Golden Tarot: The Visconti-sforza Deck by Mary Packard

The Golden Tarot: The Visconti-sforza Deck

byMary Packard

Paperback | March 21, 2013

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The Tarot is much more than mere pictures on cards, the pictures are physical symbols for spiritual concepts. The images are symbolic representation of archetypal forces and/or beings which have always existed and have been identified and passed on to us by ancient initiates and which provide a focus for us to use in self-initiation, spiritual development, and the perception of hidden wisdom.
 
The tarot deck included in this beautiful set was commissioned around 1451 by the Visconti and Sforza families, and it is one of the oldest tarot decks in existence. The images on the cards have been faithfully recreated, showing members of the Sforza and Visconti families in period garments. The borders of the elegant cards are adorned with gold metallic ink.
 
The accompanying book provides a history of Visconti-Sforza cards, 35 of which are now in the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. The symbolism of the different cards is described, along with explanations of different ways to arrange the cards when seeking information about different aspects of life.
 
This beautiful gift box holds the book and card deck side by side, with a purple satin reading cloth folded and placed underneath the book.
Mary Packard has written over 250 books for children and adults. She began her love affair with books at a young age, and today she writes books that she herself would enjoy reading. For her, writing is a fun way to explore new subjects, such as the mystical world of tarot. She is the author of The Golden Tarot (Race Point Publishing, ...
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Title:The Golden Tarot: The Visconti-sforza DeckFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 1.75 inPublished:March 21, 2013Publisher:Race Point PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1937994090

ISBN - 13:9781937994099

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very lovely deck from the rennaisance period! I bought this deck of cards during early summer of 2014, and I've been using it for dream interpretation, future possibilities, and more! It's a great deck for experienced tarot readers, and those who don't mind scrying through the cards for information, but the fact that pips only have the number of cups/swords/batons/coins makes it a bit more difficult to read.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely deck for either a seasoned reader, or somebody who likes a challenge! I purchased this a short time ago and noticed that it was in a very old art style. This deck comes with all 78 well-done cards, a thorough book with the history and meanings of the cards, and It's nice to look at, especially if the scenes on other decks annoy you. The only think that I took time with is telling a reversed card from a right-side-up card: the back of the card, but it is easy to catch onto.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It ok... As soon as I opened the packaging I noticed it's... "Odd" smell. I find it very distracting. I also find the cards are very unevenly printed and feel almost gritty with the ink. None of the cards have names or numbers (I'm fine with that), but I am not ok with the fact it's almost impossible to tell when the Minor arcana cards are inverted or not. The only way to tell is by the tiiiiny little un even marks on the cards. Nice for advanced users, but I have seen way nicer re prints of these. I thought these would be foiled cards liek I've seen on youtube etc, but they aren't.They have some gold ink around the egdes.
Date published: 2014-02-21