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Arcus Arcanum Tarot

Arcus Arcanum Tarot

This tarot deck was developed by tarot expert Gonter Hager, in collaboration with artist Hansrudi Wascher. Know and respect the tradition that managed to give a new expression to the real and original images of the letters.

In this way, the still neglected aspects of elementary concepts are given an adequate expression in the context of a mythological, medieval scenario, which provides mandatory mental separation for interpretation.

The pictures are cartoon-like and very beautiful. My favorite is The Moon which has a very magical feeling in it. The High Priestess is another favorite that I see very often. The cards are of normal tarot size which is a little too big for me, but they are easy to handle overall. I don´t think it would do the cards justice if the deck was smaller. The people on the cards are very tall, thin, and beautiful but that is always how it is in cartoons. And they really speak to me. The animals are very life-like and well-drawn. I love animals and therefore this is a very important part for me.

The unique achievement of the Arcus Arcanum tarot cover is the fact that the stringing of symbols has been removed together, which often creates the effect of a collage of unrelated parts. In contrast to this, this tarot has integrated the joint antinomy of the basic meanings of a card in a coherent but dynamic way nonetheless.

The origin of the tarot lies in the darkness of time immemorial. The oldest existing virgin dates back to around 1445 (Visconti-Sforza Tarrocchi); however, as early as 1377, certain references were given to the letters, usually in the form of prohibitions enunciated by the church or public authorities. The first card systems were handcrafted, gold-leafed, and obviously manufactured by nobles. After the invention of the printing press, numerous variants appeared, some of which were graphically simplified, making them affordable for large parts of the population, too. Possibly, the appearance of a parlor game was predominant, however, this does not necessarily imply that they have influenced the creation of tarot.


Name: Arcus Arcanum Tarot

Creators: Hansrudi Wascher

Publisher: AGM Müller 1987

Cards: 78

Major Arcana: 22

Minor Arcana: 56

Card Dimensions: 2.76 x 4.33 in.

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