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Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards
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Manuscript of Initiation Tarot Deck 80 Cards

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The Manuscript of Initiations

Tarot is inspired by the European and Middle Eastern manuscripts. Book of illumination, Book of Kings, Holy Bible, Q’uran, Psalters, Botanical and Alchemical tractates, Book of Creation, Bestiaries, Astrological and Magical manuscripts -all these sources that interfered or coherently influenced each other were taken as a basis. The image as a representation of an archetype or an abstract system of thought travels through time and cultures and transforms itself absorbing the local concepts. We wanted to explore all these different connections and observe the layers of hidden meanings. It is known that first tarot game prototype was brought to Europe by Islamic soldiers Mamluks. The Islamic world in this period influenced various fields of European culture, such as mathematics, astronomy,medicine, science, art, pottery, music, alchemy and mysticism.


So the exchange of the ideas and ideology inevitably reflected in the European manuscripts of these time. Step by step, continuing the previous religious and mystical traditions the West developed its own complex visual language. From elaborately detailed ornaments and random sketches to alchemical and astrological schemes, the drawings and other marks made along the edges of pages ( so called marginalia) reveal for us a vast amount of the informational flux in which manuscripts circulated. Some of them had a clear purpose, but in other manuscripts the meaning of the drawings can be indecipherable. There are countless examples of the rich imagery existed in the works of this period —rabbits decapitating peasants, monkeys playing the bagpipes, snails fighting with knights, naked bishops, strangely shaped alchemical vessels ,liquid bubbling substances, and human-animal hybrids that seem to defy categorization. Manuscript art was a sophisticated, labor-intensive symbolic game for both reader and scribe. The last one often swiped existing symbols and appropriated them for a new ones. So this kind of interaction continually developed through the ages and influence the appearance of the Tarot as we know it today. Thus, our goal was to reconstruct a relationship between these visual currents and open for the viewer a limitless perspective on divination and mysticism.

Swiss Quality 250gsm Card stock.
Format: 120 x 65 mm.
Guidebook: English,  Spanish.

Year: 3rd edition 2023.

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Robin Crutchfield
A medieval treasure!

I love the mystique of this deck. If you want readily quick and easy reads, maybe it's not for you. Some will complain that the images are too small or unreadable, or unknowable, but isn't that where the tarot came from? Unknowable mysteries privy to the gifted few? I mightn't have been able to read with this deck five years ago as it is a pip deck featuring marginalia border illustrations from various medieval manuscripts. And it's on an ivory parchment colored background, giving the whole thing a mysteriously special antique feel. It really feels like a secret peek into ancient mysteries schools that we're shhhhhh! not supposed to know about. I would say you need to know your tarot system in order to read with it by the suit and rank designations. The decorative illustrations may not be adequate for intuitive readings, but add a layer of intrigue. As with oracle decks, the illustrations may or may not inspire ideas within you. This deck may not work for everyone, but for me, it's a treasure I'm growing to love it more and more each day. The card backs are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen (on this 3rd ed. of the deck). I rarely buy back-up copies of decks, for this one I did, and am considering buying a few more to possibly gift. The price is unbeatable. I tend to read these by translating in my head to the RWS system. Others might read it using the numerology and element designations of the tarot de marseilles. Or perhaps you have your own methods. I use the imagery simply as a layer of atmosphere, mystery, history. And the images of strange human/animal combinations are reminiscent of details in old paintings by Hieronymus Bosch-images to scare, warn, teach or laugh at. I can't say enough about this deck, but I don't want to mislead you if you're wanting an easy deck (it comes with a guidebook) but if you want easy, I'd recommend an RWS or something with a lengthy compendium of explanation. This is my current top deck, for the foreseeable future.

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BW
Nice idea, but images are too small

This deck would have been much better in a larger format.