Antiquarian Tarot has been in the works for the past year and I'm excited to say it is now finished! I have kept it quiet as I wanted to focus on the creative process without outer distractions; tapping that High Priestess wisdom by practicing silence when working with the divine.
The cards, like the Lenormand of the same name, are handmade collages and took a lot of creative input from me. Each card was lovingly and attentively crafted to form a functional working deck created with 19th century photos and illustrations combined with the sacred Tarot and Hermetic magic I study. In other words, this is not just an art deck, but one I would use for myself in my personal practice and use with my clients as well.
My main inspiration was drawn from the Albano-Waite Tarot as it's one of my favorite decks to read with. You will see the focus is based on Waite-Smith combined with Paul Foster Case's (PFC) work; but, there is also inspiration from other sources, all mostly based on the Golden Dawn.
The Major Arcana have a wallpaper background in the colors that were assigned by PFC. The Minor Arcana also reflect this color symbolism:
Wands have orange backgrounds (court cards are red),
Cups are Aqua (court cards are light blue),
Swords are yellow (court cards are golden yellow)
and Pentacles are green (court cards are violet).
I've decided to write a companion manual, which was not my initial plan, but a close mentor has convinced me that even though there are many books out there about Tarot, that my perspective here will be a worthy endeavor. This is going to take me a while to complete, so I've decided to go ahead and release the deck first. Since the inspiration for the cards are the Albano-Waite and Rider-Waite-Smith tarots, people can easily work with them as many of the cards should be familiar.
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a tarot reader and deck creator who enjoys studying the stars and using astrology in her readings. She was born under a Sagittarius Sun with Libra Rising and Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts deepened her intuitive abilities and inspires her approach to tarot, creativity, and divination. Music, dancing, poetry, and lemon balm tea are her current well-being aids.
She's a Portuguese-American who loves to travel and connect with family, friends, & animals. She lives in Pacific NW with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante, who perpetually reminds them to laugh and play and take walks in nature, whether rain or shine.
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