Antiquarian Tarot Deck & Guidebook
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The 2nd edition deck in the linen card stock is now sold out of stock. The limited edition Antiquarian Tarot Gold is in stock! Limited to 50 copies with gold gilded edges! This deck is available to ship w/ guidebook to the USA, UK and Canada only. All other international orders will be shipped the standard 2nd edition with linen card stock, which is printed-on-demand (POD). Please see shipping notes below for more details.
The Antiquarian Tarot features handmade collages using wonderful 19th-century artwork and cabinet card photography; creating a modern usable deck with a Victorian flair.
The Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook is also available. A detailed book with instruction on reading the cards, it's clear and concise, yet offers the student ample information about each card.
Before ordering please read Shipping Notes below. Thanks!
Worldwide customers can purchase the guidebook in my Etsy Shop! However, please note that this is a separate listing from the tarot deck. See Shipping Notes below for more details.
If you're looking for an introduction to the tarot, this deck now has a detailed companion guidebook with instruction on how to start reading the cards. It's clear and concise, yet offers the new student ample information about each card. The appendices has tables and references to make learning the tarot easy and accessible.
This tarot is based on the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) deck and anyone with knowledge of it can work with the Antiquarian Tarot. If you're just starting to explore the tarot, many teachers recommend learning with the RWS, but the Antiquarian Tarot is a lovely alternative if you want something with a unique design and style.
ABOUT THE CARDS
The Antiquarian Tarot comes with 80 cards:
22 Major Arcana based on the widely used RWS deck
56 Minor Arcana titles: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles
2 extra Significator cards: one for a male sitter & one for a female sitter
Comes with a matching padded zipper-case!
Standard: 2.75''×4.75'' (70mm×120mm)
FRENCH CARD STOCK (310 gsm) (Printed-on-demand only!)
The premium linen finish is a lovely card stock with a very light, almost unseen, texture. It feels wonderful in the hands, shuffles like a dream and is durable and flexible. This card stock lays flat and doesn't change shape after shuffling and handling.
GERMAN CARD STOCK (330 gsm) (Limited edition only! For US, UK and CANADA Orders.)
This is for the gilded limited edition! It is a new German card stock that is smooth and a tad thicker than the linen, yet it is very flexible. It riffles & bridges beautifully and the deck spreads out so smoothly. It also lays flat, just like the linen. The printing quality is gorgeous and the detail is superior. I think this might be my favorite card stock right now. I've been reading with it at events and it handles like a pro.
MORE ABOUT THE DECK
The Antiquarian Tarot features handmade collage artwork using Victorian-era cabinet cards and photography on Victorian-style wallpaper background. Each card was lovingly and attentively crafted to form a functional working deck as well as an engaging work of art.
The initial inspiration for the Antiquarian Tarot was the Albano-Waite Tarot, one of my favorite reading decks. Actually, the principles of my deck are based on the RWS deck combined with Paul Foster Case's work, which form the foundation of the Albano-Waite deck.
The Major Arcana's wallpaper is based on the colors that were assigned by Paul Foster Case. The Minor Arcana is also derived from his coloration symbolism and similar to the Albano-Waite:
Wands have orange backgrounds (court cards are red)
Cups are aqua (court cards are light blue)
Swords are yellow (court cards are gold)
Pentacles are green (court cards are violet)
This system of colors makes it easy to determine which elements are predominant in a reading or which are missing. This is especially helpful for visual people and may help facilitate clairvoyance during a card reading.
ABOUT THE GUIDEBOOK
The Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook has 396 pages with a wonderfully tactile silk laminate cover. If you are a tarot novice, it will be a great introductory primer. If you are a seasoned reader, the book offers information about the cards that you may be interested in. It includes images and details about all of the cards.
Much of modern occult wisdom was passed down through the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which scores of decks & books have drawn from. My knowledge pulls from this, as well as Hindu ideology. Paul Foster Case also studied Hindu philosophy and that may very well be why I am so drawn to his work. My guidebook is largely based on the sacred tarot and occult mysticism, with some Hindu theory sprinkled throughout. There is info about the chakras, as well as how to connect with the cards through meditation and mystical practice.
Silk laminate cover, 396 pages: 4.25" x 7" x 1" (108mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Domestic Orders (USA): Shipped within 1-3 days via USPS Priority Mail $7.
I am able to fit one deck OR book into a USPS Small Flat Rate Box, which is $7. Tracking is included.
USA Combo Pack (tarot deck and book set): the guidebook and tarot deck will fit into a Padded Flat Rate Envelope, which is also $7 to ship. Tracking is included.
Please note: if you choose to also order the Antiquarian Lenormand deck, I can fit it in with your tarot shipment. In other words, I refund shipping overages! I will notice this and refund accordingly. Multiple deck and book purchases will be upgraded to the Medium Flat Rate Box, which is $14.
Canada Orders: USPS First Class International Mail $16 with tracking. You can expect your package in 10-14 days depending on customs. Your limited edition Antiquarian Tarot cards and/or guidebook will be shipped carefully by me in a padded envelope via USPS International First Class Mail.
UK Orders: USPS First Class International Mail $23 with tracking. You can expect your package in 12-18 days depending on customs. Your tarot cards and/or guidebook will be shipped carefully by me in a padded envelope via USPS International First Class Mail. I will ship both the limited edition Antiquarian Tarot Gold with book for this shipping charge. Please note that if you choose to purchase the standard deck (printed-on-demand), you will have to buy the book separately in my Etsy shop. Also, be aware of any VAT or taxes that may be issued by your customs/postal service. Thank you!
Worldwide Orders (tarot deck & case only): $16 If you are an INTERNATIONAL buyer, tarot decks will be printed on demand (POD). Please allow package approximately 2-6 weeks to arrive to you. The timing depends largely on your country's customs process. Please keep this in mind and please consider delays when you order. Also note that the limited edition Antiquarian Tarot Gold deck is not available and only the standard linen tarot will be POD and shipped to you by my printer. Thank you!
The printing company I use has a distribution center in the EU and they are now charging me extra shipping fees (I'm not 100% sure if this is to cover VAT). I have heard from several customers in the EU that they did not have to pay extra VAT. However, I cannot make any assurances that there won't be other fees to deliver your package because I am not familiar with each country's fees. In other words: International buyers will still be responsible for whatever VAT and taxes that are issued.
Note about the companion book for worldwide orders: I am not offering the guidebook here at this time for orders outside of the USA, UK or Canada. However, you can order it separately at my Etsy shop! I apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Due to the high cost of shipping this book overseas, I almost did not offer it at all, but as a courtesy to some of my customers, I am honoring their request and listing it in the Etsy shop as a separate listing. You may choose to purchase both the book and the tarot deck at the Etsy shop, but please know that there will be two shipping costs because the book and the tarot deck will be shipped from two different locations.
Please be aware of your import laws & how long it takes for packages to clear customs in your country. Orders shipped internationally may be subject to customs and/or VAT fees and are the responsibility of the buyer. Thank you!
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