The Matthew's Arthurian Tarot has always been one of my favorites.
But they have definitely surpassed themselves with this one.
The imagery is astonishing. They certainly collaborated with the perfect illustrating artist for this project!
Their renaming of the cards and suits is excellent - it draws me more deeply into this strange & wonderful universe.
I think they really hit their pinnacle with the book as well. I love that they include individual, unique spreads for each of the Major Arcana.
Each card is treated with reverence for that particular archetypal concept, but there's not the overwhelm of information too often filling-up books that accompany Tarot decks. This allows the reader to develop a more personal relationship with each card.
The Mathews really let loose their Creative Imaginations. Every page of the book is interesting, informative, often humorous and always "in character."
It is as wonderfully magikcal as the cards themselves.
Lastly... the various quotes they've chosen to introduce the suits are simply amazing.
Here's what my eyes rested on when I first opened the book randomly to the introduction of the League of Submersibles (Cups):
"How by a certain time machine many may stay sometime under water. And how and where for I do not describe my method of remaining under water ... I do not publish nor divulge these, by reason of the evil nature of men, who would use them for assassinations at the bottom of the sea by destroying ships, and sinking them together with the men in them. Never the less I will impart others, which are not dangerous because the mouth of the tube through which you breathe is above the water, supported on air sacks or cork." ~ Leonardo da Vinci's Notenooks
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (1833)
- ASIN: B01N03HOFW
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