I eyed the Gilded Tarot Deck for months, drawn in by the stunning digital art of Ciro Marchetti, but just never felt convinced to take the leap, although I was certainly tempted. Afterward, the same artist had done the self-published Tarot of Dreams, another gorgeous deck. When I saw his third deck, Legacy of the Divine, I stopped eying and started buying. Ha!
Gateway to the Divine is the full-size book that comes with the deck. The first section is a fictional mythology explaining the origins of this deck, essentially the deck’s “birth story;” the second sections includes info on each card, both from the artist explaining his depiction and commentary from three Tarot experts on the cards’ symbolism and interpretation. Astrological Correspondences are included.
The card meanings are traditionally-based, so this is an easy deck to read; the imagery in some cases resembles RWS, and in others departs, but it’s all rich in symbolism and detail. The colors are rich, saturated, with plenty of eye candy to suck you in. Many cards have their astrological symbols integrated in the art, making this an especially nice deck for astrology fans taking up Tarot.
The deck is standard size, printed on reasonable quality stock. Mine is starting to wear slightly, but I’m not surprised because I am using it plenty. It’s currently enjoying my go-to deck status, although I still see other decks. (I’m not deck-monogamous.) It consistently gives solid, insightful readings. The images photograph nicely for sharing with clients, and the cards are full of mood and detail to offer plenty of hooks for the intuition. You can sit down and read this deck without studying first, although studying the book and symbolism from the cards will give you even more depth to work with.
This is absolutely one of my favorite decks. Here’s a random sampling:
Update: I wrote this some time ago and realize, I could use a new copy of this deck. Mine don’t look nearly as pretty with the wear and tear anymore. I’ve used it a lot! But still, a lovely treasure nonetheless.
[amazon_link id=”0738715654″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link] Y’all like this one? Anybody else have a deck by Ciro Marchetti?
[amazon_link id=”0738715654″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Legacy of the Divine Tarot Deck and Companion Book[/amazon_link]