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Tarot Card Deck Review: Golden Art Nouveau Tarot

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Tarot Card Deck Review: Golden Art Nouveau Tarot

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ISBN: 886527591X

PUBLISHER: Lo Scarabeo

NO. OF CARDS: 78

BUY ON BOOK DEPOSITORY: https://tidd.ly/2VVnLjK

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I’m just going to start by saying this is one of my favourite tarot card decks to use in readings. Perhaps this is a biased opinion because (1) I’m a huge Art Nouveau fan; and (2) I’m a sucker for shimmery cards. But, honestly, this card deck is gorgeous in every way.

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Image by Cassandra Chew
The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Image by Cassandra Chew.

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot is a beautiful set of 78-cards based on the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck with images reimagined by artist, Giulia F. Massaglia. It includes a black and white guidebook with instructions by Lunaea Weatherstone.

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Image by Cassandra Chew
The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Image by Cassandra Chew
Major Arcana:
The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot, Major Arcana. Image by Cassandra Chew
Major Arcana. Image by Cassandra Chew.

The images are vivid and almost comic book-like. Each character in the deck has an exquisite amount of detail – from facial expressions to clothing. The imagery doesn’t sway too far from the traditional RWS deck, giving it an air of familiarity and making it easy to interpret.

Queen of Cups. Image by Cassandra Chew.

Although there are no descriptive words on the cards, it is simple enough to know which card is which. Having said that, I would strongly suggest that you have a basic knowledge of the RWS deck before using this deck. It’s probably not the best deck for a complete newbie to tarot.

Each card in this deck has gold-foil accents and impressions (usually in the background of the card) which really enhances the beauty of the bright illustrations. If you’re like me and attracted to shimmery things, you’ll love the foiling!

Suit of Cups:
Suit of Cups. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Cups. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Pentacles:
Suit of Pentacles. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Pentacles. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Swords:
Suit of Swords. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Swords. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Wands:
Suit of Wands. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Suit of Wands. Image by Cassandra Chew.
Criticisms

Compared to some of the other tarot and oracle decks that I have, the card stock used for this deck seems to be more thin and flimsy. I have to be extra careful not to accidentally bend or fold any of these cards.

The size of the cards are a bit too big for my tiny hands. They measure about 66mm x 121mm and I often find that when I’m shuffling, the cards fall out more than usual. But I think this is just because my hands are small. On the plus side, the cards are easy to read and the details are easy to notice.

Aesthetically, I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of the white border. I probably would’ve preferred it to be in gold foil to continue on from the background.

Seven of Cups. Image by Cassandra Chew.


Overall thoughts

I really enjoy this deck! If you’re looking to add something to your collection that resembles the traditional RWS but isn’t a complete replica, I highly recommend The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Apparently, there is a pocket-sized edition  Book Depository too, but I haven’t seen or held those cards, so I'm not too sure how they will look.

Beware of fake tarot cards

Yes, unfortunately, counterfeit tarot cards are prevalent on the internet. If you end up with a counterfeit item, the foiling may look off or even worse, the gold foil isn’t even on the cards. I would recommend only buying cards from reputable sellers such as bookshops and metaphysical shops (both online and in-person). If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. One big giveaway that a tarot card deck is fake is that it will give you a QR code instead of a physical printed guidebook.

WHERE TO BUY THIS DECK

To purchase this deck and to browse a wide range of tarot decks, you can check out The Book Depository.

Cassandra Chew

Cassandra Chew is the founder and content curator of Sun Moon Tribe. She has a keen interest in spirituality, metaphysics, sustainability and plant-based living. Being a small business owner herself, she is passionate about supporting and sharing the work of other local businesses. Along with running this journal, she pursues her creative interests through her design business and is an avid coffee enthusiast.

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