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Tarot of Jane Austen Deck & Book Set

by Diane Wilkes & Lola Airaghi

Tarot of Jane Austen Deck & Book Set
Price: $29.95

Or get the Tarot of Jane Austen Deck by itself.

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.6 x 4.72 inches, or 66 x 120 mm.

Back of card: Blue with ornate scrollwork. May be inverted.

Book included: Yes, 176 pages, 5.9 x 8.3 inches, or 15 x 21 cm. In English. Illustrated (B&W).

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo. Printed in Italy, imported by Llewellyn Worldwide.

Comments: A tarot for the author's many fans. The booklet gives traditional delineations, with inversions in italics, along with the book in which such a person or event may be found. For example:

V - The Hierophant - Morality & Teaching. Tradition. Focus on external value system. Setting an example. Strictures. Learning. Discipline & order. Rules take precedence over humanity. Conformity. Hypocrisy. Repressing others. (Pride & Prejudice)
Suits in this deck are Candlesticks (wands), Teacups (cups), Quills (swords) and Coins. Court cards are Maiden, Knight, Lady & Lord.

The Book: After a brief preamble on which movies got it right, the book opens directly with the Fool. Each card of the major & minor arcana is illustrated & gets 1-2 pages of text. Each description is divided into the following sections:

Card description
Storyline
Card interpretation
What would Jane do?

The storyline for the Wheel of Fortune:

At a dance, the newly married Mr. Elton publically snubs & humiliates Emma's friend Harriet, but George Knightly comes to the rescue and asks her to dance, to Emma's great satisfaction. Emma takes pride in Knightly's gallant & upright nature as she watches them, while she dances with Frank Churchill, who is secretly engaged.
The interpretation that follows is a mixture of tradition tarot concepts as framed by further analysis of the Austen book in question. For the Wheel of Fortune, this includes:
Mr. Knightly has sought Emma's heart for many years, yet never expects his love to be returned. However, Mr. Knightly's gallant rescue spurs Harriet's crush, which leads Emma into recognizing her love for him. When he dances with Harriet out of decency & charity, he has no foreknowledge what his reward will be. (both from pg. 31)
I'm a simple, stupid country boy. This sort of thing drives me up a wall, but I digress.

After the 78 cards are delineated, there are five suggested spreads:

Love & friendship
The power of persuasion
Sense & sensibility prosperity spread
The Bildungsroman (go Wiki)
The Kunstlerroman (ditto)

The book concludes with plot synopsis of Austen's seven major works. If you're a fan of Jane Austen, you should already know the titles.

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