Cruel Thing Tarot

Dublin Core


Cruel Thing Tarot


Gothic art


78 cards + a title card and an artist's card in a standard cardboard tuckbox.

I suspect that this deck came with an LWB, as there is a little bit of spare room in the box. I may have it stored elsewhere, or I may have aquired this deck used (sans LWB); honestly, I don't recall.

The cards are a bit smaller than average, measuring 6 cm wide x 11 cm long. The card stock is flexible, with a smooth finish that is somewhere in between matte and glossy. The deck is very easy to handle and shuffle.

The card backs are fully reversible.

The cards are titled in 4 languages: German, English, Spanish, and another language that I'm not sure of. It isn't French -- it could be Italian or Portuguese, perhaps?

Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. The Fool is numbered 0.

The suits are Coins, Cups, Wands, and Swords. The court cards are Jack, Knight, Queen, and King.

The minor arcana are a curious mash-up -- at first glance, they seem to be decorative pips with various arrangements of suit symbols. But if you look closer, many of them are clearly influenced by the RWS, with the arrangement of symbols mirroring those of the corresponding RWS cards.

The major arcana, conversely, are more referential of the TdM tradition.

No ISBN is present on the box or cards, though there is a barcode on the box bottom, as follows: 8 420707 387600.

No date is given on the box or cards, either, but Aeclectic Tarot lists the year of publication as 2009.


Vecchio, Luciano






78 cards


Multiple languages




Vecchio, Luciano, “Cruel Thing Tarot,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed July 23, 2024,

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