Emi Tarot's (Emi's Tarot)
Created by Franco Coletti, published by il Meneghello in 2011
A Very Limited Edition of Only Twelve Sets
Inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll and a precocious little girl named Emi
Recently this artist friend of Osvaldo Menegazzi; Franco Coletti has created many intriguing decks. They all deserve attention for they are very deeply expressed and felt by the artist and are beautiful works. Such as Coletti's enormous undertaking of an interpretation of The Divine Comedy within the context of Tarot and his personal associations to that epic and classic Italian poem . But this Emi Tarot deck is a departure from all the others which Mr. Coletti has created thus far, for those are Love Poems in one form or another; dedicated to his beloved muse; the object of his desires; a mysterious Ms. D. However this particular deck is a sweet and gentle offering to the daughter of said muse. A little girl named Emi. And his affection for her is quite charming and touching. The deck contains no booklet but instead a text card in Italian; an attempt of which has been made to translate it below.
Mr. Coletti writes of the Emi Tarot:
The Emi Tarot is a deck of Major Arcana dedicated to a special child and her mother.
Emi's persona is interpreted in cards 11 (Strength), 12 (Hanged One), 14 (Temperance), 16 (Tower), 18 (Moon), 19 (Sun), 20 (Judgment), and 21 the World; as well as the cover image and the backs of each card; while her mom appears in card 3 as the Empress and as the Moon (18); while I share with Emi my usual self as represented by the Fool (0).
All the designs were inspired by the works of John Tenniel and Rebecca Dautremer, the two illustrators of that sweet and simple, yet prodigious masterpiece "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll; the only book I've read nine times already.
The cards are off white, and made of semi-gloss cardstock. Little Emi is on the backs of the cards and therefore the deck is not reversible. Most cards have a number on them and are easily identifiable but a couple have the card number written in Italian (Sei on Card 6 for example). The deck includes the description card and a numbered, signed Title card.
The Emi Tarot set, comes in a decorated cardboard box with a darling image of Emi (not otherwise found in this deck) on thick cardstock mounted on the cover, giving it an added dimensional appearance. The box includes the il Meneghello hot wax seal. It is a precious and rare collectable which became available in late 2011.
- Specs for Emi Tarot's
- Card Dimensions: 5.5 inches by 3.25 inches - 13.97 x 8.26 cm.
- A Special Limited Edition of Only 12 Sets; Signed & Numbered by Franco Coletti
- The backs have a design and are not reversible
- Franco Coletti
- Inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll
 Date of Publication
 Creator's website
(A site by Arnell Ando to honor the Tarot & art contributions by Osvaldo Menegazzi of Il Meneghello. This site has much of Osvaldo's published decks and handmade art to date.)
 Online Deck Images - links
- This page on Osvaldo Menegazzi's site has specs and sample cards from Emi Tarot's Emi Tarot's