Tarot of Druids

Dublin Core

Title

Tarot of Druids

Subject

Druids and druidism
Mythology, Celtic

Description

78 cards + a title card and an advertising card + an LWB in a standard cardboard tuck box.

Cards measure 12 cm tall x 6.6 cm wide. The card stock is very flexible, with a smooth, mostly-matte finish. This deck could easily be riffle-shuffled.

The card back design is reversible.

In keeping with the deck's theme, the major arcana have been renamed. As noted in the LWB, "the Major Arcana are inspired by ancient Irish traditions and are divided into five cycles: Mythological, heroic, historical, Ossianic, and adventurous." 

Because of this, it's hard to tell at times which card is aligned with which "traditional" major. For example, I found it hard at first glance to discern that VIII, titled Ogma, is representing Strength -- it wasn't until I saw the character's headdress that I was sure. Likewise, it's hard to connect the image of Conchobar (XI) with Justice at first glance. The LWB muddies the waters at times rather than helping, as you can see on pages 6 and 7, where both the words "strength" and "justice" are used in the description of card VIII. The Fool, titled Fintan mac Bochra, is numbered 0.

The minors are fully scenic, and seem to follow the RWS tradition, though sometimes with significant variance.

The art style is very cartoonish in a way that, to my eye, works to the detriment of the theme and the usability of the deck. The art is skilled and consistent, to be sure; it just doesn't come off looking like a workable tarot deck to me.

Creator

Lupatelli, Antonio, 1930-2018 (artist)
Baraldi, Severino (artist)
Berti, Giordano (author)
Vigna, Bepi, 1957- (author)

Publisher

Lo Scarabeo

Date

© 2004

Format

78 cards

Language

Multiple languages

Type

Mixed / RWS

Identifier

ISBN 978-0738705170

Citation

Lupatelli, Antonio, 1930-2018 (artist) et al., “Tarot of Druids,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed July 12, 2024, http://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/330.

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