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The Celestial Tarot

by Kay Steventon & Brian Clark

The Celestial Tarot
Price: $20.00

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.72 x 4.7 inches, or 68 x 120 mm.

Back of card: A white border frames a starry field. Fourteen principle stars scattered among blue clouds of nebula & "Milky Way" star fields. Not symmetric, but may be inverted. There are other decks with similar backs.

Booklet included: Yes, 48 pages, 2.6 x 4.55 inches, or 67 x 116 mm.

Publisher: US Games. Printed in Italy.

Comments: Brian Clark's introduction on page 5 says everything:

Embedded in our night sky are achetypal images, symbols, and stories that have enchanted and inspired the human soul for aeons. Onto this sanctuary of the sky the ancients projected their imagination using the star-patterns to animate their myths and create the skyscape that shapes the imagery of Celestial Tarot. Underpinning the seventy-eight cards of Celestial Tarot are the ancient traditions of astrology, astronomy, and mythology. The Tarot is now projected onto the wide canvas of the heavens allowing the astrology, mythology, and symbolism of the planets and constellations to inspire the cards. Celestial Tarot makes a great impact as it not only amplifies and widens the meaning of contemporary cards but also utilizes the oldest forms of divination.

The Celestial Tarot also has symmetry. The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana are represented by the twelve zodiacal constellations and the ten planets of contemporary astrology with each minor suit representing one of the four astrological elements. In the Minor Arcana we encounter the extra-zodiacal constellations. Throughout these cards the zodiac is divided into decanates to add more insight and symbolism to each card. The Court Cards include the Princesses who each personify a season while the Prince, Queen, and King of each suit embody the mutable, fixed, and cardinal signs of each element.

Guided by Tarot tradition, the works of C.C. Zain and Raphael Binding, as well as her own creative impulses, Kay Steventon has created a Tarot deck for a new age - one engaging the Tarot enthusiast with the ancient tradition of astral divination. Imagination is awoken through the visual images of astrological constellations and mythological symbols. For astrologers it is an exciting new way to engage with the constellations and planets.

Well, okay, sure, why not. But it struck me. Layers & layers & layers of meanings, taken from here, borrowed from there & on loan from everywhere else we can find them. But what of tarot's own meanings? Where are they?

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