The Ancient Egyptian Tarot

Deck by Clive Barrett
© 1994 by Aquarian (2002 Reprinted)

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The Fool in
                the Ancient Egyptian TarotNine of Cups
                in the Ancient Egyptian TarotPrincess of
                Wands in the Ancient Egyptian Tarot

The Empress
                in the Ancient Egyptian TarotSix of Swords
                in the Ancient Egyptian TarotEight of
                Disks in the Ancient Egyptian Tarot

The Ancient Egyptian TarotThe Ancient Egyptian Tarot is available as a deck and book set.  I have the original 1994 book and deck set by Clive Barrett which is now out-of-print and difficult to find; however, the reprinted publication -- as far as I can determine without actually seeing it for myself -- still contains the same cards and information.  It seems that the only main change is in the box design, so you still get the same highly intuitive and beautiful cards as in the earlier edition.

Update 2011:  The 2002 version is also out-of-print at this time.  This means that this will be a very hard-to-find deck, especially if you are seeking one brand new.

There is a substantial amount of nudity in this deck, and that is because this was simply the way of life in this particular Egyptian era, and is not intended to be taken offensively for those who are more conservative in nature.  I have chosen the sample images above to display that do not portray much nudity.  Although the images are not intended to be offensive, it is something to keep in mind when reading for conservative clients who may not appreciate the art.

This is a beautiful deck, rich in Egyptian myths and lore and is a favorite among clients and readers who appreciate the study and subject of ancient Egypt.  It's been one of the more popular of the Egyptian-style decks of its time.  And to this day, I still get clients who ask for this deck to be used in a reading for them.

The images are detailed with sharp colors, and it's a good deck for intuitive readings, as the cards are so richly detailed.  Many of the cards do follow traditional Tarot images, and while the cards can certainly be used without the book, a lot of history and insight can be missed without it.

From the Preface of the book:

"This book aims to fulfill two distinct but complementary functions.  For those new to the Tarot, it gives complete instructions on how to successfully use the cards.  Those with more experience of the Tarot will find an explanation of the background, the thoughts and ideas behind the Ancient Egyptian Tarot.

The cards of the Ancient Egyptian Tarot have been designed from their very conception to be usable by both the novice and the experienced reader.  Each card is fully illustrated, and so not only more satisfying for both the reader and the subject but also readily accessible to the beginner.  The titles and sequence of the Major Arcana follow that of the Rider-Waite Tarot, and the practised user will find deeper symbols contained within the illustrations."

The Major Arcana cards feature a gold box beneath the image that contains the number and title of each card.  In the Minor Arcana, there are two gold boxes on each card:  one at the top with the suit name, and one at the bottom with the number of each card.

A heiroglyphics borders surrounds each card and has the look or feel of a wood design.  These borders also extend around the numbers and suit names of the cards, and thus, the minor arcana have more of this bordering effect since there are two title boxes for each of those cards.

In this deck, Pentacles are named Disks, and you'll find that Justice is #8 and Strength is card #11.  The major arcana names follow traditional titles.  Court cards are named Princess, Prince, Queen, and King.

You can visit the deck creator's website at The Green Man and the Gatekeeper.

Deck Details - The Ancient Egyptian Tarot

Number of Cards in Deck: 78

Size of Cards:  3-3/16" x 4-1/4"

Included with deck:  Comes as a Deck and Book set.  Accompanying book provides useful information about using the cards as well an explanation on the background, the thoughts, and the ideas behind the Ancient Egyptian Tarot.

Major Arcana:  Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot,
Justice (Card 8), Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Strength (Card 11), Hanged Man, Death, Temperance,
Devil, Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgement, World

Suit Names: Cups, Wands, Swords, Disks (Pentacles)

Court Cards:  King, Queen, Prince (Knight), Princess (Page)

Back Design of Cards:  Ancient Egyptian Tarot Card

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