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The Tarot of the Hidden Folk Deck

by Giacinto Gaudenzi

The Tarot of the Hidden Folk Deck
Price: $19.95
Note: This deck was formerly known as The Enchanted Tarot

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.63 x 4.75 inches, or 66 x 120 mm.

Back of card: Two scenes, one right side up, one upside down. Right side up is a wee couple huddled under a brown fallen leaf with a ladybug crawling on it (the leaf). They're trying to get out of the rain. Upside down (eg, inverted), a wee fairy baby with white wings sails in a swing. The card is printed in muted colors, which means it contrasts only somewhat with the front of the cards. Not for inversion, unless you want to know what's coming.

Booklet included: Yes, a folded sheet of 14 panes. Each pane measures 2.65 x 4.73 inches, or 67 x 120 mm.

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

Comments: Similar in look & feel to Gaudenzi's other deck, the Celtic Tarots. Some of the images have been used elsewhere. The Queen of Cups is used as the opening image on the Lo Scarabeo website.

This is a modified Marseilles-type deck, in that pip cards have the required amount of whatever (swords, wands, chalices, pentacles), with some amusing wee folk added to dramatize the card. A number of the figures on the Chalices are nude females, which, aside from several major arcana cards, is the principal use of nudes in this deck.

Notes with this deck state the cards deal with "magic tied to the forces of nature," eg, fairies, sprites, pixies, dwarves, elves, trolls, imps & other wee folk. These are organized as follows, according to the Book of Rael:

22 Keepers of the Universal Power, or the Major Arcana
16 Governors, or court cards
4 Roots, or Aces
36 Lords, or number cards (eg, cards 2 - 10 in each suit)

The Roots:
Ace of Wands is the Root of the Powers of Fire. It concerns social life.
Ace of Chalices is the Root of the Powers of Water. It concerns love & affection.
Ace of Swords is the Root of Powers of Air. It concerns psycho-spiritual health & spiritual well-being.
Ace of Pentacles is the Root of the Powers of the Earth. It concerns work & money.

Governors (court cards) & Lords (pips) are governors & lords of:
Eternal Fire
Water of Life
Eternal Wind
Mother Earth

- note the distinction between aces & the rest of the suits. All of this is, for the most part, a fancy way of dressing up the usual.

There is an interesting 4 card spread in the notes. "When you want to know how to behave in an uncertain situation," do this:

Place the Ace - or Root - that signifies the problem in front of you

Shuffle the 16 court cards - Governors - and pick one at random. Place this to the left of the ace. This is a person who may help or hinder.

Shuffle the 36 pip or number cards, pick one & place it to the left of the court card. It shows how the governor will act.

Finally, shuffle the major arcana cards, pick one & place it to the right of your original ace. It functions as a helpful warning.

I mention this in detail as the instructions for the layout are incompletely translated, as is the accompanying diagram. The diagram labels the number/lord card with an "S". The "S" is for seigneur, which is "lord" in French (the word in Italian is similar, but I don't have an Italian dictionary in front of me at the moment). Also, "T" for "talismans" are used in place of "major arcanas", but that one is easier to figure out.

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