Antiquarian Tarot Deck & Guidebook
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The 2nd edition tarot is now available in the bridge (mini) size! The deck & case is available to ship w/ guidebook to the USA, UK and Canada only. All other orders will be shipped a printed-on-demand deck w/ case. Please see shipping notes about this.
The Antiquarian Tarot is back in stock! Purchase the deck, which comes with a case; or purchase it with the Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook at a discounted rate.
The 2nd edition mini (bridge) size Antiquarian Tarot is also available and will ship ASAP, along with the guidebook if ordered together.
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The Antiquarian Tarot features handmade collages using 19th-century artwork & cabinet card photography; creating a modern usable deck with Victorian flair. Each card was lovingly and attentively crafted to form a functional working deck as well as an engaging work of art. Information about each card's artwork is found in the companion guidebook.
If you're looking for an introduction to the tarot, there is 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 accessible.
This deck is based on the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) Tarot 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 antique aesthetic.
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 (with red inner-lining)
Mini/Bridge: 2.25"X3.5" (57mm×89mm)
Standard: 2.75''×4.75'' (70mm×120mm)
FRENCH CARD STOCK (310 gsm)
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. It is much easier to shuffle the mini-sized tarot in the linen card stock.
MORE ABOUT THE DECK
The initial inspiration for the Antiquarian Tarot was the Albano-Waite Tarot, one of my first working decks. The principles of this deck are based on the RWS tarot combined with Paul Foster Case's work, which form the foundation for the Albano-Waite Tarot.
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.
The astrology glyphs (and Hebrew letters on the Major Arcana) that are marked on the cards are based on the Golden Dawn associations.
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 explaining why certain symbols are used. The guidebook includes images and details about each of the cards, as well as appendices with tables and references for easy access to tarot information.
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. In his early writings & studies, Paul Foster Case refers to Hindu philosophy and that may be why I am 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)
An eBook version of the Antiquarian Tarot Companion Guidebook is now available! If you have purchased the print copy from me in the past, let me know and I will send you the eBook FREE! I will email you the files for .ebup and .mobi. Please note: I cannot provide assistance on how to open these files on your particular device. The best I can offer is to point you to a google search of how to open EPUB or MOBI files for your specific gizmo.
SHIPPING NOTES (please read before ordering)
Domestic Orders (U.S.A.): Shipped within 1-3 days via USPS Priority Mail $7.50 includes tracking.
Please note: if you choose to also order the Antiquarian Lenormand deck, we can fit it in with your tarot shipment. In other words, we refund shipping overages. We'll notice this and refund accordingly. Multiple deck and book purchases will be upgraded to the Medium Flat Rate Box, which is $15.
Canada Orders: USPS First Class International Mail $16 includes tracking. You can expect your package in 10-14 days depending on customs. Your Antiquarian Tarot cards and/or guidebook will be shipped carefully in a padded envelope via USPS International First Class Mail. If you would like to purchase multiple decks, please let me know before you place your order as I will have to upgrade the shipping. Thank you!
U.K. Orders: USPS First Class International Mail $24 includes tracking. If you would like more than one deck, please contact me for a shipping quote. You can expect your package in 12-18 days depending on customs. Your tarot cards and/or guidebook will be shipped carefully in a padded envelope via USPS International First Class Mail. Apologies for the huge shipping cost. This is just how much it costs to ship to the U.K from the U.S.A. now. It costs $24 to ship 9 ounces to 2 pounds of product. The deck & case together weighs 10 oz. The deck, case and book weigh about 2 pounds. Please be aware of any VAT or taxes that may be issued by your customs/postal service. Thank you! If you would like to purchase multiple decks, please let me know before you place your order as I will have to upgrade the shipping. Thank you!
All Other WORLDWIDE Orders: $16 does not include tracking. If you are any other INTERNATIONAL buyer, tarot decks will be printed-on-demand by a professional playing card company. 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 consider delays when you order. If you would like to purchase multiple decks, please let me know before you place your order as I will have to upgrade the shipping. Thank you!
See note below if you are in the EU.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EU BUYERS: The printing company we use has a distribution center in the EU. They are now charging us extra shipping fees. We're not 100% sure if this is to cover VAT. We have heard from several customers in the EU that they did not have to pay extra VAT when they received their package. However, we cannot make any assurances that there won't be other fees to deliver your package because we are 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: We are not offering the guidebook here at this time for orders outside of the U.S.A., U.K. 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. However, there is an eBook available for purchase that will be emailed to the address you placed the order with. Two files will be mailed to you (EPUB & MOBI). Please note: I cannot provide assistance on how to open these files on your particular device. The best I can offer is to point you to a google search of how to open EPUB or MOBI files for your specific gizmo. Thank you!
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