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The Tarot of Hellen

by Valerie Bernard

The Tarot of Hellen
Price: $20.00

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.76 x 4.73 inches, or 70 x 120 mm.

Back of card: A tree (of life?) with a hill behind it. In front of & at the base of the tree, a hedgehog sort of animal, with a very long tail that wraps completely around the tree. Not for inversion, and does not contrast well with the front of the card.

Booklet included: Yes, 32 pages, 2.65 x 4.65 inches, or 67 x 118 mm. The English text is translated from the French of the writer/artist.

Publisher: A.G. Muller. Printed in Belgium.

Comments: In this deck, figures are restricted to court cards & most of them appear to be fairy folk. All the the other cards show plants. On the box is a semi-naked female with a flower in one hand, hair blowing in the wind, with what appears to be ocean behind her. From this we presume she's Hellen & the deck will have something to do with her. Surprise: There is no such figure in the deck, nor is there any reference, either in the deck or in the notes to the deck, as to who or what Hellen is/was. Consulting my English & French references, Hellene (with a final "e") always refers to Greece, while Helene is either the wife of a Roman Emperor, or what the Illiad was all about. I could not find a link between Hellen and plants.

Suits: Leaves are fire (Wands), Branches are air (Swords), Flowers are water (Cups), Grains are earth (Pentacles). The deck looks crude & amateurish to me.

April 6, 2005:
A reader suggests that Hellen is the German word for "light" or "brightness", which this deck has in abundance.

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