Tarot Basics

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Tarot Basics


78 cards in a thin cardboard tuck box, packaged together with a softcover book in a 2-part, lidded shelf box.

The cards measure 6 cm wide x 11.7 cm long. The cardstock is very flexible, with a glossy coating on both sides.

The card backs are blue with a pattern of stars, and are fully reversible.

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

Suits are Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. The court cards are Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

The minor arcana are just pips with arrangements of suit symbols.

The 10 of Pentacles was printed off-center, with the image running into the right border, all the way to the edge of the card.

There's no clear-cut publication or copyright year listed on the set box; however, Amazon, AbeBooks, and other retailers give 2005 as the year of publication.

The deck, illustrated by artist Jacqui Mair, was first published in the year 2000 by Collins & Brown Limited. (Note: This information doesn't appear on the set box, but is given on the side of the deck's tuckbox.)

The book, by authors Evelin Bürger and Johannes Fiebig, was first published even earlier -- in 1994 and then again in 1997.

The book, by the way, has no specific connection to the deck. The book's illustrations are of the standard Thoth, RWS, and TdM decks.

Honestly, the book stands nicely on its own; it's far better than most tarot books that are packaged with "gift shop" sets. The deck itself, though, is a disappointment. The minor arcana are plain pips, and the major arcana are flat and uninspired.


Mair, Jacqueline (Jacqui)
Bürger, Evelin (author)
Fiebig, Johannes (author)


Barnes & Noble Books, New York




78 cards




Plain pips


ISBN 0760795215



Mair, Jacqueline (Jacqui), Bürger, Evelin (author), and Fiebig, Johannes (author), “Tarot Basics,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed May 29, 2024, https://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/405.

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