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Golden Dawn Tarot

Golden Dawn Tarot

This deck is "based upon the esoteric designs of the secret Order of the Golden Dawn." The majors follow the Rider-Waite style of order and names. The pips are more in the Marseilles style in that only the number of the suit is shown, except that this deck also shows hands, clouds and flowers or petals on the pips. Courts are king, queen, prince and princess. The majors are rich with symbolism.

The cards are about 3 by 5 inches, which is a little large for me to handle easily. Unless you have small hands, it should be easy enough to get used to. The stock is not too stiff and not too flimsy. The cards are durable and will stand up to heavy use. I got my deck second hand, and it's still in excellent shape.

I recommend this deck for those who follow the Order of the Golden Dawn's esoteric system (naturally), collectors, and intermediate to advanced readers. Because the pips aren't illustrated with symbolism, I don't really recommend it for novices.

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