A witty and evocative tarot deck, deftly combining literary imagery of the Bard with symbolism of the tarot. Based on Shakespeare's many and varied plays, the Shakespearian Tarot shows Romeo and Juliet as the Lovers, Hamlet as the Hanged Man and Lear the Hermit. Each card has a quote from a Shakespeare play which matches the image. The deck follows the RWS structure for the most part. Suits are Sceptres, Crowns, Swords and Orbs ... though there seems to be some confusion about the way in which Crowns/Orbs are analogous to Cups/Coins.
The creation of this deck was overseen by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, the director of the Servants of the Light, a Hermetic order descended from Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light. She also oversaw the creation of the Servants of the Light Tarot, published two years before the Shakespearian Tarot. She wrote the companion books for both of these decks. From the two companion books, it can be seen that she assigns essentially the same keywords and divinatory meanings (a subset of Golden Dawn divinatory meanings), and the cards in both decks appear to illustrate those keywords and meanings; in both companion books, she states the Golden Dawn esoteric titles for the various pip cards. Thus, the two decks make an interesting pair for comparative study.
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August 1, 1993
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