When I first found about the Golden Tarot, it had not yet been published. I was fascinated by the art based on the Middle Ages and early Renaissance period. The images were quite intriguing to me, and I knew I wanted a copy of this Tarot deck when it became available.
work is digitally collaged from paintings of the late
Middle Ages and early Renaissance period. The
blending of 13th to 16th century paintings has an amazing
effect, as the artist obviously took great care to create
scenes that are cohesive and seamless. Some of the
card's images were created from as many as 20 layers of
imagery. The cards are indeed impressive and
thing I am not crazy about is the golden bordering around
each card. Of course, the name of this deck is
"Golden Tarot," but I think this deck would have been even
lovelier if it had been designed without any
borders. That's just my personal opinion -- and bias
perhaps -- since I prefer borderless cards.
said, one can alter her or his tarot cards if
desired. This deck may be one that I eventually
alter to cut off the borders. If interested in those
techniques, these links may be helpful to you:
are printed on high quality cardstock with gilded
edges. The golden edges of the cards makes for a
nice effect. I have found that the cards shuffle
quite easily, and I have had no problems with "sticking"
as some have mentioned that they had with these
cards. These cards are not glossy coated, and those
are the decks which I've found to be a little tricky in
shuffling due to the "stickiness" until they get "broke
The cards are packaged in a sturdy attractive box with a lid that lifts off the base. A 199-page book accompanies this deck. The size of the guidebook is the same size as the cards, so it's actually quite small. I found the meanings of the cards to be relatively limited, but the author does include some interesting information on the paintings and combination of scenes used to create her lovely work of art.
author presents the cards in suits of Coins, Cups, Swords,
and Wands. She also attributes Medieval/Renaissance
terminology to describe the suit meanings as indicated
|Suit||Medieval Class||Golden Tarot Suit Meanings|
||Merchant||Business, Money, Material Possessions|
|Cups||Clerical||Spiritual Authority, Contemplation, Feelings|
|Swords||Ruling||Temporal Authority, Leadership, Wisdom|
The backs of the cards are done in a gold pattern and can easily be used in reversals, since you would not be able to tell from the back of the cards which side is upright or reversed.Although this is not a deck I use often, it is certainly a nice deck to turn to for a change of pace. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys art from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance time periods, as well as those who like to work with traditional Tarot and Rider-Waite based images. And of course, it's also a "must-have" for the collectors.
The Golden Tarot was Kat Black's first deck, and you can visit her Golden Tarot website here. This artist didn't stop with just one deck; she is also the creator of the Touchstone Tarot deck, and I think The Touchstone is an even lovelier deck than her first.
Deck Details - Golden Tarot
Number of Cards in Deck: 78 cards (22 Major/56 Minor)
Size of Cards: 2-7/8" x 4-7/8"
Included with deck: 199-page guidebook, which also measures the same size as the cards themselves.
Major Arcana: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress,
Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot,
Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Star,
Moon, Sun, Judgment, World
Suit Names: Cups, Wands, Swords, Coins
Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, PageBack Design of Cards: