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The Archeon Tarot

by Timothy Lantz

The Archeon Tarot
Price: $22.00

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.7 x 4.72 inches, or 69 x 120 mm.

Back of card: Black & greenish, with some goldish trim. In the upper left & lower right corners, astrological wheels representing the various planes of existence. In the center, a brown diamond of some sort. May be inverted, does not contrast well with the front of the cards.

Booklet included: Yes, 48 pages, 2.55 x 4.52 inches, or 65 x 115 mm.

Publisher: US Games. Printed in Italy.

Comments: Court cards in this deck are Herald, Knight, Queen & King. Let's give the first word to the artist. Here is what is written on one of the two extra cards in this deck:

Beautifully rendered by artist Timothy Lantz, Archeon Tarot integrates art & iconography from the varied worlds of mythology, mysticism, and dream imagery to create a visual language of the soul. Deriving from several sources, including "archeology", Archeon Tarot helps the reader sift through the layers of meaning & interpretations of life through the tarot reading. The term "Eons" refers to the divine emanations sent forth by God as the attributes of mind, reason, power, truth & life. "Archeons" were the regents of civil & cultural affairs in ancient Athens. The companion booklet integrates words of wisdom from great minds like Twain & Tolstoy, with fresh interpretations of the Major & Minor Arcana. Archeon Tarot allows the reader to explore the paths connecting the spiritual subconsciousness with real events & decisions.

Regrettably, the booklet doesn't quite live up to the artist's expectations:

I. The Magician. The Magician is cunning & a crafty master of time & space. His sovereignty is born of blood, fire & spirit. He walks the forgotten pathways between worlds & uses his specialized skills to alter reality to his vision. No person, place, or thing can withstand the power of his manipulations should he deign to focus his attention. While the Magician can be a powerful ally, one must take great care to see the truth behind his conjurings. The Magician's plans are often convoluted, and his goals far from aligned with your own. Many are the unfortunates who discover too late his deception & must suffer the consequences of his betrayal.

XII. The Hanged Man. At the crossroads stands a warning: A Hanged Man dangling from the gallows. His sacrifice serves as a reminder that if you continue to advance along your chosen course, you run the risk of endangerment. Now is the time to stop & review the options presented by the crossroads. You may find the path to either side offers a better route to your destination. By ignoring this warning you run the risk of suffering the same fate as the Hanged Man. While often the best course might very well be to continue straight ahead, the wise will always look both ways before crossing the street.

We might describe this as a unique & personal view of the tarot: Beware of being hung by the ankles until you die & your corpse becomes a dried-out shell. Note to Mr. Lantz: Your writing is better than your art.

In the suit of pentacles, Lantz chose an old Ptolemaic illustration of planetary spheres. Sphere of the Earth, Sphere of Mars, Sphere of the Moon, Sphere of Saturn, Sphere of the fixed stars, etc. As the ultimate symbol of Air, it seems out of place in a suit devoted to the fruits of the earth. Lantz uses this image on all 14 Pentacles, as well as on the back of the cards.

And, when in doubt, put a naked girl on it. This is Mr. Lantz's first tarot deck. I look forward to his second.

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