Tarocchi, Gli Arcani Maggiori
Tarocchi, Gli Arcani Maggiori - Major Arcana Deck
Tarocchi, Gli Arcani Maggiori is an unusual Major Arcana deck recreated from the artist Daniela Rinaldi's original hand-crafted ceramic tile set of Tarot inspired abstract Goddess symbols (to view, go to top of this page) . During Autumn of 2011 there was held a special exhibit of Daniela Rinaldi's ceramic Goddess Tarot tiles at the prestigious private Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (in Bologna, Italy). The artist has put much effort and thought into creating a deck that captures a distinct tactile experience. Obviously not the same sensation as ceramic tiles and yet something uniquely its own. The extra thick, sturdy cards have a soft, matte finish and a comforting muffled sound & feel as they brush against each other while shuffling. This rather small deck of cards feels solid, smooth and comfortable in the hands. The artist was obviously conscientious about making her cards with a specific energy beyond the abstract symbols and simple designs painted in delicate pastels on silvery grey backgrounds.
The backs of the cards have a dark red and white design which is reversible. If one looks closely it becomes clear that the intricate design is actually that of tiny owls repeated row upon row (up-side-down and right-side-up), and that the negative space between these owls creates little crescent moons. This clever motif is more noticeable in the background design of the accompanying box. It is worth noting that the box makes a nice compliment to the deck for here again the artist was purposeful in her intention and particular about choosing the format & style. Made of sturdy cardboard the box opens like a book and has a depressed well within it that is just large enough to protectively house the deck. An invisible magnetic strip inside the edge of the box lid adds extra protection while closing securely. This is a well produced set made with care and consideration. This set is signed by the artist and limited to 300 copies. It may appeal to collectors of Tarot and of Goddess abstract art. Some text in English explaining the more obscure symbols would have been helpful but is not really necessary for those familiar with Tarot iconography; for they can most likely intuit the meanings inherent in the artist's conceptual piece. The artist learned how to interpret Tarot from none other than the director of the Museo dei Tarocchi herself, Morena Poltronieri.
Daniela Rinaldi works professionally as a restorer of ancient artwork. But ever since her early days of art school, she has enjoyed modeling clay and creating sculptures both figuratively and conceptually. In order to pursue her professional career she found it necessary for a time to put aside her personal creative pursuits. Fortunately though, for several years now she has attended an ongoing pottery class, which served as a meeting ground for many different sensibilities. This entirely feminine environment, gave her the space to find her own unique style and to regain her passion for working in ceramics and pottery. She finds this type of activity to be a deeply meditative exercise.
- Self-Published: 2012
- Number of Cards: 22 Major Arcana + 2 Text Cards
- Cards are numbered with Roman numerals, titles in Italian
- Cards on Thick, Matte Cardstock
- Card Back Design: Reversible
- Approximate Size: 2.5 x 4.75 inches (6.35 x 12.07 cm)
- Numbered & Signed by the Artist, Daniela Rinaldi
- Limited to 300 sets
- Secure Box with Magnetic Closure: 6 X 8.25 inches (15.24 x 20.7 cm)
Abstract Goddess Symbology Related to Tarot
- While Tarocchi, Gli Arcani Maggiori is self-published; it is available at Museo dei Tarocchi here:
Or (for U.S. Collectors) by Special Order from Arnell's site here: 
- See a description of this deck with more cards here: 
- Specs with 13 images of Tarocchi, Gli Arcani Maggiori and other works by the artist: