Lo Scarabeo is celebrating 30 years with this limited numbered edition of 1,987 copies to honor the year they were founded in Italy. The gorgeous, colorful artwork is by Fabio Listrani, artist of the Night Sun Tarot.
LS says this limited edition is printed on the highest quality paper. It is, indeed, a thicker card stock, but it's also glossier than their standard decks.
Coffin box: 7" x 4" (178mm x 102mm)
Deck: 4.75" x 2.75" (120mm x 70mm)
Book: 4.75" x 2.75" (120mm x 70mm) 128 pages on glossy paper with a few of the cards in color. English (pg. 5-54), Italian (55-68), French (69-82), Spanish (83-94), Portuguese (95-106), Russian (107-118) and Chinese (119-128).
At first glance, I like how the suit colors are similar to the Albano-Waite Tarot's coloration
system. It is the RWS-style deck I read with the most and prefer to most RWS. So the suits in this familiar color palette work very well for me. I also LOVE how the 10 of each suit is a painting of a butterfly or moth showing the culmination and completion of each level! I still need to read with it to give it a better overview, but my first impressions are very positive.
UPDATE: I also purchased the standard edition of this deck to use for readings. As far as I can tell, it's exactly the same card stock!
My initial impressions have stayed with me. It's really a beautiful deck! It was a joy to read with at the Dia de Los Muertos party and concert that I worked. Many more of my sitters complimented the artwork on this deck than any other working deck that I use. I notice that the skeletons in the deck are great subjects for reflection, as they can represent literally anyone—we're all bones at our core!
Here are the photos of the cards. Click on each image to make it bigger.
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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