Check out the video above for a full walk-through of the deck and my thoughts - or keep reading to get the highlights on my review of this deck.
A lovely pattern, and completely reversible for those of you who like to read with physical reversals.
Incredible, in my opinion. I'm not in love with the weird twisty-cord borders, but I'll deal. Also, some of the people in this deck are off-putting to me, but again, I'll deal. The art style absolutely fits within my imagined frame of "medieval" style art, and there are some strikingly beautiful cards in this deck.
The roman numeral system on the fronts is not standard as far as I can tell (the deck uses VIIII for nines rather than IX), but that's not a deal-breaker for me.
In this deck, Justice is 8, and Force (Strength) is 11.
Several card names are also non-traditional depending on your preferences. You'll see the Pope (vs. Hierophant), The Popess (vs. High Priestess), Force (vs. Strength), and The Falling Tower (vs. The Tower).
And FYI there is a fair amount of nudity.
Here are a few of my favorite, and least favorite, cards.
The cardstock is on the thin side, but not the worst I've encountered by far. I'd say it passes. As I mentioned in the video, I feel like this deck will break in nicely, and with a little time and use the weathered look of it will be enchanting.
The Little White Book:
In one word, interesting. Sometimes the descriptions are illuminating because they point out unique details and symbolism, but at the same time, sometimes they're confusing because they don't explain the symbolism that they're using. This LWB will certainly help you to read with the deck, but like most teeny-tiny books that accompany tarot cards, they're only so helpful. Also, I am 99.9% sure that the LWB was written either by Stuart R. Kaplan (who wrote the foreword), or some unnamed employee of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. due to the third-person references to Scapini, and the vague/incomplete nature of symbol explanation.
I got an amazing deal on my deck, it was only about $12.50. But looking on Amazon I see that there's a premier edition, but other than the box being a little different than mine I don't see a big difference. At ~$20 on Amazon, it's average for a tarot deck. Not bad!
I confess, I haven't read very much with this deck yet. I did one celtic-cross like spread which was fun, but right now all I want to do with this deck is study it. I will report back later on how I find it as a working deck.
8/10. I like it. A lot. Normally I'm only drawn to decks that I find "beautiful," and I'm still working out how this deck snuck into my collection, because by my normal preferences this artwork isn't beautiful. It's...fascinating.
Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments about this deck!