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Tarot Of The Imagination (lo Scarabeo)

The Tarot of the Imagination is a surreal tarot deck painted in fine oils. Its structure is that of a standard tarot deck, but its minor arcana images are very non-traditional in both symbol and meaning.

Originally published in Lo Sacrabeo's Tarocchi d'Arte series in 1991. The description on the box indicates that this tarot was based on the artist's response to "Fragments, anxiety, desires, dreams, hopes, observations, memories and human imagination".

This is a very impressive deck artistically, which has recently been expanded from a 22-card Majors deck to a full 78-card deck. The art is of unusually fine quality, and the cards look as if they should be hanging in a gallery.

A dreamlike, surrealistic tone dominates, and itís not always a pleasant one. There are plenty of images of violence, rape, slaughter, and execution, as well as more peaceful subjects. This is not a deck for the faint of heart. I think the artist meant for this deck to be used in a highly intuitive manner, with the reader letting the dreamlike images suggest meanings, rather than having set concepts attached to each card. The problem is that, as impressive as the artwork is, Iím not sure many people will want to enter Pinterís dreamscape, since it includes a fair share of nightmares.


Name: Tarot of the Imagination

Creators: Ferenc Pinter

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo 2000

Cards: 78

Major Arcana: 22

Minor Arcana: 56

Card Dimensions: 2.60 x 4.72 in.

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