The Merlin Tarot has 78 cards based on the Arthurian legends. The reordered major arcana, aces, and court cards are beautifully drawn, but the suits (Birds are Swords, Serpents are Wands, Fish are Cups, and
Beasts are Disks) have very spare pip cards. They are disappointingly repetitive and difficult to interpret intuitively.
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Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Aquarian Press 1988
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Merlin Tarot review by Merenwen
If you have a look around the web and on the forum, you will find very mixed reviews on this deck. That is because it is one of those you either love or hate as soon as you see it. It was designed by R.J. Stewart and illustrated by Miranda Gray. The edition I’m reviewing here is the older version, which came with the ‘Handbook’. Newer versions are in a slipcase and include a journal for your own notes as well. The basis for the deck is formed by the life story of Merlin, as written by Geoffrey of Monmouth.
The order of the Major Arcana is radically different from a traditional deck. His unusual order might surprise you if you are familiar with traditional Tarot Decks. None of the Majors are in a conventional position and three have been rena...
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More About These Cards
Name: Merlin Tarot
Publisher: Aquarian Press 1988
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Unique
Minor Arcana Style: Plain Pips
Suits: Beasts, Fish, Birds, Serpents
Court Cards: Not titled. Pictured are a king, queen, knight and page.
Major Titles: Moon, Sun, Star, Fortune, Justice, Judgement, Fool,
Magician, Chariot, Guardian, Tower, Death, Hanged Man,
Hermit, Innocent, Temperance, Emperor, Strength, Empress,
Lovers, Priestess, Universe
The Fool is 7
Strength is 18
Justice is 5
Card Size: 3.15 x 4.72 in. = 8.00cm x 12.00cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Non-reversible
Back Design: Celtic medallion with a man's face & snakes