Deck Interview with the Gilded Tarot Royale

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Deck Interview with the Gilded Tarot Royale

Ever now and then you come across a Tarot deck that makes you fall in love with the Tarot all over again. Ciro Marchetti‘s Gilded Tarot Royale is one such deck. The original Gilded Tarot was one of the first decks I bought for myself when my enchantment with the Rider Waite deck wore off. It was also one of the first decks I gave away to a friend back in 2005. Not because I didn’t like the deck any more but because my friend needed a deck. I’ve since given away another copy of this deck and found myself completely Gilded-less as of last summer. As soon as I heard of Ciro’s remake of the Gilded Tarot, I decided to wait. Judging from the video he posted on YouTube in January this year, I knew this deck was going to be spectacular… It lived up to my expectations and more. The Swords… they’re alive! I have never seen the Swords suit treated with such love before. I ache at the sight of the beauty of the Ace of Swords in the Gilded Tarot Royale! Another thing that sets this deck apart for me is how wonderfully animated Ciro has made the Court Cards. These feel like real people yet retain their archetypal identities perfectly and are therefore completely ideal for the beginner reader as you don’t have to know the astrological correspondences to ‘get’ these courtiers. It’s all in their faces and body language! Well, not so much in the faces of the Knights perhaps, as they’re all wearing helmets… but then the Knights are mostly about the quest anyway. Here’s the picture I took as soon as I had gotten the cards out of the box. It shows you the size of the cards. They are huge! This is a good thing. Oh yes. (Check out this video for ideas on how to shuffle a large deck) The next thing I did was to go find The Empress, my Soul Card: Sorry about the flash! The beautiful Venusian Empress is resting on a backdrop of the silk cloth included in the 200 first copies to be sent out when the deck became available on Ciro’s website the other week. I’ll be using this 12×12 inch cloth for my daily draw every morning from now. I love it! But let’s not keep our guest of honour waiting – Moving right along to the deck interview! Again, sorry about the flash – I included a separate picture of the Wheel below. 1. Describe yourself in three words – 5 of Swords: I have overcome. When the original Gilded Tarot deck was first released it was heavily criticised by know-it-all Tarotists who claimed that my maker didn’t know his stuff. Just look at me know! 2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words? – 4 of Swords: Perfect...

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The Tarot 4’s in Love

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The Tarot 4’s in Love

Four is the number of stability, the home, the physical realm, organisation, security, limitations and mercy. The Tarot 4’s often relate to the home environment in love and relationship readings. 4 of Wands. In love and relationship readings, the 4 of Wands represents settling down and moving in together. Or, if you are already living together, you may have achieved a common goal worthy of a celebration. Either way, this card tells you to celebrate your love for each other and the commitment you share. You are now ready to face the world, hand in hand. This is a good time to engage socially and establish yourselves in the world as a couple. To a single person, in response to ‘Where will I find true love?’ this card indicates social gatherings in the homes of friends and family. Reversed or ill-dignified, the 4 of Wands could indicate that one of you is not ready to commit quite yet. It could also indicate that you need to focus your energy more on the home sphere and less on interacting socially outside the home. Sexually, the 4 of Wands is a sign of both parties feeling confident and loved. Intimacy feels natural and effortless. As relationship advice, it could indicate that an effort to turn your bedroom into a sensual haven would be a good idea right now. The 4 of Cups. The 4 of Cups indicates dissatisfaction and boredom. You could be expecting your partner to be your source of happiness and feel disappointed when that doesn’t happen. Or you could be coming down from the initial high of falling in love and find that the other person looks quite different to how you imagined without those rose-tinted spectacles on. This is a time to learn the virtues of empathy, understanding and patience in the relationship. Try to relax and be receptive to the love that is there. Really make an effort to understand the perspective of the other person. As you learn to tolerate each other’s differences, you will slowly and gradually become stronger as a couple. In a reading for a single person looking for love, the 4 of Cups could indicate that they don’t feel good about themselves and have misplaced their natural mojo or that they have unrealistic expectations about love, possibly inspired by some Hollywood ideal. Ill-dignified or reversed, the 4 of Cups could indicate that a person is looking to satisfy a desire that can’t be fulfilled through promiscuity. There could be boundary issues and deep-rooted emotional problems that affect the relationship. A need for counselling could be indicated. On an intimate level, you may not feel like initiating sex because of a fear of being turned down. Either way, this card indicates a passive stance. As with all the fours, you can try changing your home/bedroom environment to inspire more action and courage...

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