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Description / Synopsis: Another historical deck from Lo Scarabeo, the Ancient Tarots of Lombardy cards were originally published in 1810. The majors and court cards are in a neoclassical artistic style, the minor arcana are pip cards. In this quietly powerful neoclassic deck, di Ferndinado Gumppenberg simplifies many of the cards without losing any of the symbolic intensity of the Tarot. The Marseilles style pips are clean and elegant. Hand-drawn borders complement the delicate line drawings and colouring. This unique deck with its gentle lines is a perfect expression of the poetry and magic worked by diviners everywhere, weaving the past into the present as they seek the future.

The ancient tradition of the Tarot of Lombardy was renewed at the beginning of the nineteenth century by a great German born printer, Ferdinando Gumppenberg. This neoclassical deck was the first of a long series of authentic works of art used as a game and for cartomancy.

This Ancient Tarot of Lombardy deck is a reproduction of a neoclassical deck published 1810 in Italy. The original was printed from fine metal engraving plates and hand-colored. The name of the cardmaker F. Gumppenberg is given on the ace of cups (coppe). Tax stamps of the period can be seen on the ace of swords (spade). The card titles are in Italian, and majors are numbered in Roman numerals except for the Fool and Death cards. Numbers for the minor arcana are given in the upper left and lower right corners. The suit symbols follow the Spanish style in that the indiviudal wands (bastoni) and swords are shown separately on the numbered cards. In an interesting reversal of the norm, the Lovers card shows a woman between two men. This deck is published by Lo Scarabeo of Italy.

What is Tarot?
Tarot is a set of seventy-eight cards, each featuring different symbolic pictures. A standard Tarot deck is made up of 22 cards called the major arcana or trumps, and four suits of 14 cards - similar to playing cards - called the minor arcana.

What are Tarot cards used for?
Tarot cards can be used for practical problem-solving, creative visualisation, meditation, self-improvement, as a tool of understanding, for divination and fortune-telling, even for card games. Some collect Tarot cards simply for the joy of the artwork, while other delve further into research and study of the history of Tarot cards.

Where did Tarot originate?
There are many theories on the origins of Tarot in existence - Ancient Egyptians, Gypsies, Atlantis - but historical evidence points to a beginning in the courts of Northern Italy, in the mid fifteenth century.

Why are there so many types of Tarot decks?
Different artists interpret the Tarot symbols in differing ways, each adding their own perspective. There are also so many themes that can correspond with the tarot system - there are thousands of decks available, catering to many diverse interests, from baseball to voodoo. There's a Tarot deck to match just about every interest or belief.

Is it bad luck to buy your own Tarot cards?
No. It's an old myth among Tarot novices that your first deck must be given as a gift, or that it's somehow bad luck to buy your own deck. There is nothing wrong with obtaining your own set of Tarot cards -- and that way you can choose a style and art that is compatible with your tastes.

How do I choose a Tarot deck for myself?
It's best to look at a few different types of Tarot decks before you choose one and to find one with symbolism and artwork that suits you. If you're a newcomer to the Tarot, you may also prefer a "beginner" deck like Rider-Waite Tarot whose meanings and symbolism can be easier to learn.

What's the difference between a Tarot and an oracle deck?
A Tarot deck is at least loosely based on the 78 card structure of 56 minor cards and 22 major cards. An oracle deck is any other deck of cards used for similar purposes to a deck of Tarot cards, and may also be called a divination deck or cartomantic deck.

How do I learn to read Tarot?

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 06 September, 2015.