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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Box Tcr Pa edition (Sept. 8 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738705209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738705200
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.1 x 6.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T H E B a s i c s You're probably anxious to get to know your new deck. In this section you'll find a brief introduction to the structure of the deck. This will help you understand the meanings of the cards in general terms. The later sections will help you provide more in-depth interpretation. Think of this as the outline for the card meanings. The details and nuances will come in time.

The Cards Remember that the tarot is very personal and that the cards are packed with many meanings. Use this text as a guidebook, but let your own intuition be the final word. If something here does not make sense, discard it. Divination is not a hard science. Use the exercises provided to help flesh out the meanings that you'll use for your own readings. A journal or notebook will be especially handy in keeping all your notes and observations in order. Throughout this book, there will be exercises to help you solidify your understanding of the cards.

Seventy-eight cards may seem like a lot to learn. Dividing the deck into sections makes it easier. The first main division is in two parts: the Major Arcana (twenty-two cards) and the Minor Arcana (fifty-six cards). Arcana means "secrets"-so the Major Arcana are the "big secrets." In practical terms, these are the cards that represent important milestones, major changes, events beyond our control, and spiritual growth. The Minor Arcana, "lesser secrets," generally depict events, situations, or people related to everyday life. An important characteristic of the Minor Arcana is personal control-that is, they represent aspects of your life over which you have the control.

The Minor Arcana The Minor Arcana are usually very simple to understand because most people are familiar with the structure already. Think of a pack of playing cards: four suits (clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds), with each suit having ten pip cards numbered ace through ten and three court cards (King, Queen, Jack). The Minor Arcana is just like that, with the addition of one court card for each suit. The court cards of the tarot reflect their medieval roots: King, Queen, Knight, and Page. The suits have different names and symbols but still relate directly to the suits of playing cards [alternative names are in brackets]:

WANDS [Rods, Batons, or Staves] = Clubs

CUPS [Chalices] = Hearts

SWORDS = Spades

PENTACLES [Coins, Disks, or Stones] = Diamonds

In addition to relating to playing-card deck suits, the tarot suits are associated with the four elements. This helps define the suit's relation to our daily lives. The illustration below shows the four suits, and the list below it reveals each suit's elemental association and the aspects of life it represents.

WANDS (left). Fire or Air. Career, projects, inspiration.

CUPS (top). Water. Emotions, relationships, creativity.

SWORDS (right). Air or Fire. Challenges, intellect, ways of thinking.

PENTACLES (bottom). Earth. Physical world, money, resources.

Each Minor Arcana suit is associated with an area of life. All the cards are numbered as well; each of these numbers has meanings. ACES: New beginnings, opportunity. TWOS: Balance, duality, a crossroads or choice. THREES: The full expression of the suit, achievement. FOURS: Structure, stability, stagnation. FIVES: Instability, conflict, loss, opportunity for change. SIXES: Communication, problem-solving, cooperation. SEVENS: Reflection, assessment, motives. EIGHTS: Movement, action, change, power. NINES: Fruition, attainment. TENS: Completion, end of a cycle.

Using this information, you can already get a sense for a card's meaning. For example, the Seven of Pentacles could represent an assessment of resources or property. This card shows a woman looking at the fruit on a tree. She might be contemplating the work invested and comparing it to the harvest gained by that investment. The Three of Cups could indicate the achievement of relationships. This image shows three woman celebrating the joy of their friendship.

While the numbered cards show different situations of everyday life, the court cards bring personality to these situations. They can represent other people or the querent (the person asking the question). Because real people are complex, the court cards usually represent just a facet of a person-the part of the person engaged in the particular situation being inquired about.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dionysius S. Badarian on Nov. 3 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a commercial printing of a Tarot deck that was first hand-produced, costing hundreds of dollars. Many considered it well worth that cost. It is certainly well worth the present price! This Tarot is visually stunning, with rich colours and crisp fantasy images. Merging computer-generated or enhanced imagery with a pseudo-medieval style, this deck is fully illustrated in the Rider-Waite sense. Every card is a delight, and one can enjoy just looking as much as reading. If there is any downside here, it might be that the images are so lovely they are somewhat distracting. The 78 card deck comes in a shelfbox with an illustrated and nicely thought-out book, useful for near-beginners as well as more advanced Tarot readers. This might not be the very best "first deck" for an absolute beginner, but it should have a place in the collection of every serious Tarot reader or collector. I'm sure glad it in mine!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Vallee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2007
Format: Paperback
I have collected many tarot decks throughout the years and none have the beauty and charm that is found in these cards. Some elements could have been detailed a little more, but nothing compares to how these cards will speak to you. This is a re-invisioning of the classic Rider-Waite Deck that most people are familiar with. However, this new approach breaths new life into the cards like no other before it. A truly spectacular tarot deck. If you are familiar with the Rider-Waite deck, then you will feel right at home divining with this deck. The accompaning guide book is also one of the most thought out book on using Tarot. It is simple to read, offers lesson plans to learn more about the suits and counts of the cards, as well as offers many different spreads to use. This is a great package, complete and well thought out. I would recommend the Gilded Tarot for beginners or long time tarot readers alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michelle on May 13 2014
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I don't really have anything else to compare this deck to since it is my first. I liked the pictures and the book it comes with to explain the meaning behind each card. the only down side is that the characters on most of the cards have photoshopped in faces of actual people. It looks like George bush's face is the fool. little weird. maybe the artist got lazy?
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By Lorena Kelly on Dec 30 2014
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A beautiful deck, and has read very nicely for me.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
A Total Beginner's, Non-Technical Opinion Nov. 27 2004
By Moonchilde - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although I have long been interested in the tarot, this is the first deck I've ever bought, and it was the deck itself which was responsible. It really drew me to it, from the first moment I saw it. It's visually rich and stunning, yet at the same time, for me at least, warm and welcoming. Looking at the individual cards, I can get lost in them. For whatever reason, they speak to me, and that is apparently the most important criteria for choosing a deck, or rather, letting a deck choose you. This one really did. For some odd reason, although the faces are computer-generated, they seem more real and 'human' to me than in many other traditionally created decks I've seen. They seem like real people, which I find fascinating. I almost expect some of them to pop off the page and come to life. To me,the 'machineries' the artist includes do not disrupt the intricate warmth of the figures and symbolism, but meld seamlessly and charmingly. I in no way felt this was a 'cold' or 'technological' deck because of the artist's inclusion of this aspect.

I was also glad that the illustrations are based on the Rider-Waite deck, because whatever books I might buy to help me learn to interpret the cards will be easily relatable to this deck's illustrations.

I am VERY pleased with the accompanying book. I had thought to buy several "Tarot for beginners" books right away, but there is a lot of wonderful, very thoughtful exercise material for rank beginners (which is certainly what I am) which seems to me to be excellent grounding not only in this deck but any deck. I'm sure I will buy other books eventually, but this one seems perfect for me right now, especially in terms of getting in touch with the cards on a very personal level, which of course is the basis for successful readings. Simply memorizing a lot of information, as tarot beginners must do, has seemed pretty daunting to me, but the exercises in the books are geared to making your associations personal and intuitive rather than simply rote, hence more logical and easier to retain.

This deck and its accompanying book have made me eager to get started learning!
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
main problem is the card stock Jan. 8 2012
By Mojohobo - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought a Gilded tarot a few years ago. After just a few uses, the black borders already started to fray. I believe that is what everyone is complaining about. A few years later, I decided to buy a deck again, but just for collecting purposes... even just looking at the freaking cards makes the borders fray, so I decided to just use the cards until the die out on me which won't take long. I'm guessing the other decks Ciro makes are the same, based on the similar reviews on his other products. Such great art but whyyyyy with the crappy card material? At least create the material to make it last long for crying out loud.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Stunning art work - card stock cheap fell apart within a month of use June 15 2012
By Kirk Trance Medium Shaman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was originally excited to get this deck
I only buy a new deck once a year

within a month of regular non daily use the card stock frayed at the edges of two cards

the cards are smaller than the average Rider Waite deck size

two strikes against this deck other than a novelty to look at the art
my suggestion find the images of Ciro's art work online
but dont buy this particilair deck

and defintely not to be used with a client
I feel disappointed
albeit the deck and book was only 16 dollars
Iam left wanting for a larger fuller size to the art and cards
the cards are flimsy and well just cheap to the feel and to handle them

my suggestion go to Ciro's site and check out the Gilded Tarot Royale
from what Ive read the cards and card stock are of a noble thicker stock
and the cards size is larger thus relishing the true beauty of each image
I do not reccomend getting this deck
its falling apart after less than a month !!
waste of time - waste of money
I want my money back
74 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Visually Stunning, But Lacks Symbolic And Intuitive Depth March 26 2005
By Janet Boyer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Featuring vibrant images that straddle worlds mechanical and magical, as well as ancient and futuristic, The Gilded Tarot is a visually sumptuous deck created by award-winning digital artist Ciro Marchetti. Modeled after the Rider-Waite deck, the cards follow the traditional renderings of both the Major and Minor Arcana. Polished metal, silken garments and ethereal space-scapes unite to tell the time-honored tale of the Tarot.

The Minor Arcana is fully illustrated, and just as much care has been taken in their rendering as with the Majors. I always enjoy seeing this in a deck, especially since the Minors are often treated as an afterthought. The outer edging of the cards is black, while a golden bejeweled frame encloses the central image. The jewel-like accoutrements are color-coded thusly: Black for the Majors, blue for the Swords, green for the Pentacles, red for the Wands, and orange for the Cups.

The 150-page companion book by Barbara Moore provides solid interpretations for each card, and is especially good for Tarot novices. Upright and reversed meanings are not addressed separately, but rather, the messages and challenges inherent in each card are woven together as one. A black organdy pouch is also included in this box set, which is a nice addition.

Visually speaking, The Gilded Tarot is the most stunning deck I've seen (except for Ciro's upcoming Tarot of Dreams!) I'm a big fan of high-tech, ethereal images, and this one delivers. It's a deck that belongs in every Tarot collection, in my opinion. As far as reading the cards, though, several aspects are wanting. Firstly, the insertion of random astrological symbols-or the entire Zodiac itself-is a bit distracting. It's obvious that Ciro is a Tarot novice, and this manifests itself into the cards. Decks that are created/illustrated by Tarot readers carry a depth to them that's hard to translate into words-but is felt by those who read the cards. The Quest Tarot, Golden Tarot, DruidCraft Tarot, and Oracle Tarot come to mind as examples of decks created by enthusiasts/readers who either illustrate the decks themselves, or who work closely with the artist to bring about their vision.

So while the images are slick, there is a lack of depth to The Gilded Tarot, in my opinion. The High Priestess, for example, features a lithe, masked acrobat draped in gossamer fabric. She floats above the water, head bent backwards with eyes closed, and stars sparkle from her cap. While this is a gorgeous image, it brings very little to a reading. In the companion book, Moore does a great job at trying to interpret the image in the context of possible card meanings. But when it's all said and done, the cards themselves must speak on their own for successful reading. And while I love looking at this deck, I've yet to receive a flood of intuitive information from their images, let alone solid, clear Guidance when consulting them for meditation or insight.

Another issue I have with this deck is that The Fool looks just like George W. Bush. No, I am not joking. In fact, I thought Ciro did this on purpose. When I asked him about it, he assured me that was not his intention in the least. But it's rather hard to take this deck seriously when The Fool-the soul of the Tarot-looks so much like the President of the United States!

Perhaps you will be able to read with this deck-who knows? At the very least, The Gilded Tarot is beautiful deck that offers vibrant images rendered by a highly skilled artist. It's obvious that Ciro loves what he does, and takes great care with his work. However, when it comes to intuitive reading, gorgeous images alone aren't enough.

(To see 6 card images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, classy and classic Feb. 5 2005
By debhuishmac - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This deck is visually stunning, and is currently my favorite deck. Symbolically it has depth, without being overbearing, or "guiding" too much. Since I am fairly eclectic in my reading style, I go much more for with the feel of a card and my gut, rather than any traditional meanings. Yet, this deck can please both types of readers. Everyone (highly traditional and not) who has seen this deck has wanted their own copy.