Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review The Mary-el Tarot


Marie White
ISBN: 9780764340611
Size:   11 3/4 x 6 x 1 7/8

Schiffer Publishing
Book Description:
Exquisite and powerful, if there is a theme in The Mary-el Tarot, it is one of the alchemy of the soul; of finding balance, symmetry, mastery of the self, and becoming your own genius. This long-awaited 78-card deck is stunningly illustrated with traditional oil paints and a depth of symbolism found in the old classics. The accompanying guide, Landscapes of the Abyss, takes the reader through the meanings of each card via the landscape of the Moon and the High Priestess, through the geometry of the temple and the Tree of Life, the Merkabah, and the caduceus! Enter a doorway between heaven and earth, between microcosm and macrocosm, between the world of eternity and infinity. A rare gem suitable for all levels of tarot experience.
 “Landscape of the Abyss”
“Alchemy of the Soul”
How best to describe a deck that is so deep, so layered and so beyond beautiful?  This is what I have been thinking since receiving this very special tarot deck…how can I ever do justice to something so powerful?
This may be the most powerful representation of The Magician I’ve encountered.  The image speaks volumes by having the Magician as the focal point of the card, yet all of the symbolism is there waiting for you to explore.

I don’t see this deck being used for teaching the beginner but, after the student has learned the basics, it could demonstrate many layers of understanding to anyone who wants to delve deeper into symbolism.


The accompanying book is a treasure chest of knowledge that has captivated my attention for a week.  Marie White has definitely produced a set of must have tools for anyone who studies the tarot.  I recommend it to everyone!  Even those who collect decks for the art will find a source of wonder and beauty in these images.

The Bibliography is a master list of all things wonderful!


*For more thoughts on this deck and to see other reviews, see the April 2012 Attune Magazine.


*To join a Study Group to explore this deck, go to www.tarotguild.com

*To have your ideas about this deck or individual images considered for publication in Attune Magazine, contact Mary Nale @ attunemagazine@comcast.net.




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