|Non-reversible backs – perfect for me since I don’t read with reversals!|
Since I found myself ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing considerably more during my first encounter with the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery than I did with The Alchemical Tarot: Renewed, 3rd Edition – both by the prolific and wonderfully talented Robert M. Place, I decided to geek out completely and lay all 78 cards from both decks out, side by side:
|Just the Majors here, but I did repeat the process with all four suits! Not sure if you can see it here but the Sevenfold cards are slightly wider and shorter than the Alchemical.|
It struck me that there was more passion and drama in the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery and this should come as no surprise since the inspiration for this deck comes from 19th century Pre-Raphaelite movement and Edward Burnes-Jones in particular. Many (or is that all?) of the Pre-Raphaelite artists were mystics and some of the first members of the Golden Dawn were connected with and inspired by these artists in one way or another. According to Robert M. Place, it is likely that Robert Burnes-Jones was working on a Tarot deck himself… sadly one that he never completed… but this is what Mr. Place set out to do for him!
There seems to be no lack of inspiration for this deck, even though a couple of the cards look almost like duplicates of cards in the Alchemical Tarot, such as the 4 of Cups Elephants below…
In the 5 of Coins we get a close-up of the woman begging:
There are two considerable improvements in the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery compared to the Alchemical Tarot. The white spaces seen in a couple of cards of the Alchemical Tarot are completely gone (such as in the 7 of Cups below):
Furthermore, the Court Cards seem much more alive. As you can see in the image of the Lady of Coins in both decks below, the Sevenfold Courtiers are shown closer up… but they are also drawn like real live people with discernible personalities – a quality lacking in the Alchemical Tarot and one of the reasons I gave up using it for relationship readings. The Kings are animals in the Alchemical Tarot – not so in the Sevenfold… very much flesh and bone and absolutely gaw-jus! 🙂
But enough about the Alchemical and the differences between the two. We’ve kept our special guest of honour waiting long enough. Please put your hands together for the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery!
1. Describe yourself in three words or less
Sevenfold: Pretty darn eloquent (Lady of Swords). Not to sound arrogant or anything but I know she agrees – she told me!
Me: Fabulous! I’m hoping to hear you speak to me about relationship issues, since that is what most people want readings on.
3. What gift do you bring?
Sevenfold: Contentment. (9 of Cups)
Me: I would have to agree with that already… I can’t fault you for anything – even the Little White Book is interesting! We’ve only just met… but… call me, maybe?
4. What do you expect in return?
Sevenfold: The ability to flow with the changes – even the more difficult ones. (5 of Cups)
5. How can you help me serve?
Sevenfold: I would be delighted to help you out with your love & relationship readings! (The Empress)
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself?
The Star: No. But make a wish!
Thank you, beautiful and clever Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery! It has been an absolute pleasure doing this interview and I very much look forward to working with you for healing and guidance about relationship matters!