Simply Tarot (New Century)

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Simply Tarot (New Century)


78 cards + a title card + an informational card, with a 160-page softcover companion book and a purple, polyester spread cloth in a large, sturdy cardboard shelf box. The shelf box has a hinged lid with a velcro closure.

The cards measure 3" wide x 5.25" long. The card stock is marvelous -- very flexible, with a smooth, glossy finish.

The card backs are reversible.

Strength is VIII and Justice is XI. The Fool is numbered 0. Interestingly, the companion book suggests that The Fool could be 0 or 22, but 0 is printed on the card itself.

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

The minor arcana are a combination of illustrated and scenic. In some cases, the arrangement of suit symbols is given more prominence than the scene below it. The scenes follow the RWS system for the most part; someone who is comfortable reading with an RWS deck would be able to read with this tarot.

I'm flummoxed and disappointed by how large the card borders are with the Simply Tarot set; it takes away from the beauty of the art.

However, as a "gift shop" type of set, this is pretty good -- the book is okay, and at least the minor arcana aren't plain pips (as is commonplace with gift-set decks).

Note: This tarot is a reprinted variant of the New Century tarot, first published by U.S. Games in 2003. The 2003 printing is far superior to the version included with the Simply Tarot set; the art is clearer, and the borders are much smaller and less distracting. The title card indicates that this version of the deck is still a USG publication; however, the set box lists only Sterling Innovation.

Likewise, the book was first printed earlier, prior to being published as part of this set.

No distinct publication date or copyright year appears on the set box, but Amazon suggests the set was published in 2008.


Eichelmann, Rolf (artist)
Greenaway, Leanna (author)


Sterling Innovation, New York




78 cards




RWS / Other


ISBN 9781402745638



Eichelmann, Rolf (artist) and Greenaway, Leanna (author), “Simply Tarot (New Century),” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed July 23, 2024,

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