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Mythic Tarot Review
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Mythic Tarot Review

THE MYTHIC TAROT:

mythic tarotThe best tarot reading I ever received was this past summer in Las Vegas. I went to a lovely metaphysical store and the reader used the mythic tarot. I was so impressed with its art and her ability to interpret them with ease that I had to buy a deck for myself.

The Mythic tarot is a deck of 78 cards based on Greek Mythology. It is boxed with a rather informative, though flimsy guide ( my cover binding separated upon first opening the book) and a black layout cloth. Most of the characters of the Major Arcana are Greek Gods/Goddesses, (though the hierophant is a centaur!) and the cards are titled, but not numbered. Each card has a yellowy beige border, giving it an antique look. The pages of the book are also the same antique shade. The court cards and minor arcana are typical Waite.

The illustrations are very detailed but its colors are slightly muted, not too vivid. I found that a few of the drawings were a bit too different than what I was used to, and as a result I found myself almost arguing with the deck! Two major examples are the magician, who is using his left hand to point up and right hand to point down ( revered from every deck I have ever seen) and the Strength card which depicts Heracles wrestling with the lion, instead of a woman. Perhaps others may call this being too picky of me, but I simply couldn’t attune to the cards once I noticed this.

When it came to my own usage I was not all as accurate as my tarot reader was. This deck does not warrant itself to reverses, which are an absolute must for me. In addition to the above changes, I found that I was simply unable to read the cards and put away the spread. However, I found that once I managed to secure the cover back onto the book I was impressed with its contents.

I know of many readers that have found this to be a wonderful tool for them. In my case however, it didn’t happen. This is a marvelous deck for mythology buffs and a good deck to add to a collection for educational purposes if nothing else. I guess you can say that I learned to not judge a tarot deck by its reader!

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Marie

Do not have this deck, but am a little familar by reading about it as I thought about getting it at one point. One of my friends recommended as it is how she initially learned tarot. The cards depict the archetypal characters and life experiences of Greek mythology, sort of a story is associated with each card.

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Riley Hozier

In this amazing deck the archetypes of the major arcana are depicted as Greek gods and heroes. Each suit is a different myth which cleverly portrays the element of that particular suit.

By using the Greek stories portrayed in the Mythic Tarot, learning becomes a breeze. I like the idea of taking four different myths that correspond to the four different suits. Then each individual card is a scene for that myth which corresponds to the story. When we understand that Zeus the King of the Gods is the Emperor, for example, we can assimilate the essence of the card, and not just a few key words. This is by no way only a beginner’s deck. It can be used by the accomplished Tarot reader because the myths bring a deeper sense of insight to the meanings of the Tarot. In it’s simplicity lies a very powerful tool.

This deck is great for those of us who are interested in the Greek pantheon, but it’s not necessary to know the myths before hand. In this newly designed box set comes a 214 page book, which thoroughly describes all the cards and provides divinatory meanings. The book also contains a chapter with sample spreads and more. This is one of the best books I’ve read on Greek mythology, being clear and easy to understand. The cards have also been redesigned with a new back and a cloth is provided in which to wrap your cards.

Although the set has a new look, the artwork by Tricia Newell is the same as it appeared in the original set. The uncomplicated and subtle illustrations make it easy to recognize the cards at a glance. These cards are original renditions of the Tarot by the artist, but they appropriately depict the meaning of the card based on what’s happening in the Greek story.

I can’t say enough good things about this deck. It is one of my favorites and in using the Mythic Tarot, you learn more about the Greek myths as well as Tarot, two for the price of one.

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