This deck is fascinating in the way that it seems to prefer the Minor Arcana substantially more than the Majors. Normally it is the reverse way around. Most enthusiasts will in general invest their time and energy into the Majors with the Minors being left whatever motivation remains. The artist may have done likewise here. The scene takes up the greater part of the card with a meager line on one or the other side and a thicker line on the top and base. The card name is in the top line in English, French, German, and Spanish, just like the card number. The card name is in the base boundary in Italian. Equity is VIII and Strength is XI. The Major Arcana have the customary names. The suits are Chalices, Pentacles, Wands, and Swords and the court comprises of King, Queen, Knight, and Knave. The craftsmanship is acceptable. It is by all accounts a mix of pen and ink and watercolor.
The cards have a dim and agonizing quality which I assume can be clarified by the reason of the deck. Per the booklet, the deck recounts the narrative of the Fool as he goes through "the Land of Secrets." This land is "...a supernatural world, possessed by heavenly messengers and villains, inhabited by captivated monsters and exceptional characters, whose deeds become significant praiseworthy occasions." The suits address four realms in this land: the Kingdom of Pleasure (Cups); the Kingdom of Richness (Pentacles); the Kingdom of Sorrow (Swords) and the Kingdom of Human Work (Wands). Considering the dreamland premise, the combination of styles and dull and agonizing Majors bode well. The backs have a blue, reversible scene
This deck is distributed by Lo Scarabeo, who up until now have not given little booklets, depending rather on additional cards that gave brief implications and skeletal guidelines on the most proficient method to do an improved on perusing. This deck is by all accounts the first to do the total switch over to booklet rather than additional cards (their Visconti Tarot Deck had both). The booklet gives brief upright translations. The main part of the booklet is spent weaving the story of the Land of privileged insights. A different story is accommodated in each suit also. The narratives add an alternate touch to what exactly is essentially a very Waite-like deck.
Name: Secret Tarot (Tarocchi degli Segreti)
Creators: Marco Nizzoli
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Card Dimensions: 2.60 x 4.72 in.