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.

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