The Babylonian Tarot is a unique deck based on the cosmology and legends of the Ancient Sumerians, Mesopotamians and Babylonians, who lived more than 4000 years ago. There are 83 cards in this occult deck, including an extra major arcana card titled Genesis and another court card in each suit.
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Babylonian Tarot review by Bonnie Cehovet
The "Babylonian Tarot" is an 83 card deck that follows traditional lines, with the addition of five cards. The card "Genesis" has been added to the Major Arcana. It carries no number, and has no attribution. It represents time and space beyond words and number - the birth of the Universe. The card "Kerub" has been added to the court cards of each suit, and represents Spirit.
The four suits are Wands, Cups, Arrows (Swords) and Disks (Pentacles). The four court cards are Kerub, King, Queen, Prince (Knight) and Princess (Page). The structure of the Major Arcana remains the same, with the addition of Genesis. Strength carries the number eight, and Justice the number eleven.
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Name: Babylonian Tarot
Publisher: Llewellyn 2005
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 23
Minor Arcana: 60
Deck Tradition: Crowley Thoth
Minor Arcana Style: Pips with Small Scenes
Suits: Cups, Arrows, Wands, Disks
Court Cards: Princess, Prince, Queen, King, Kerub
Major Titles: The Fool - Enkidu, The Magician - Ea, The High Priestess - Ishtar, The Empress - Aruru, The Emperor - Marduk, The Hierophant - Naba, The Lovers - Ishtar and Tammuz, The Chariot - Adad, Strength - Gilgamesh, The Hermit - Anu, The Wheel - Tablet of Destiny, Justice - Nanshe, The Hanged Man - Tammuz, Death - Ereshkigal, Temperance - Tree of Life, The Devil - Lamastu, The Tower - Marduk and Tiamat, The Star - Siduri, The Moon - Sin, The Sun - Shamash, Judgement - Etana and the Eagle, The World - Anki
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Size: 3.19 x 4.61 in. = 8.10cm x 11.70cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: A black and white, winged, human headed bull stands facing left at both ends over a light blue background with a slightly darker blue border.
Companion Material: The book has a four-page overview of Babylonian
cosmology and civilisation, a discussion of most cards and
the myth used to illustrate them at length (some are a
little brief), and upright and basic reversed
7-page appendix gives correspondences for the trumps,
pips and courts. Pip cards have keywords, mostly identical to those of the Thoth Tarot.