on November 3, 2004
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!
on September 27, 2007
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.