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Ship of Fools Tarot

The Ship of Fools Tarot is a pen-and-ink tarot blending classical tarot symbolism with the illustrations and ideas of Das Narrenschiff (The Ship of Fools), a satiric medieval German poem warning against over 100 vices and follies.

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Created by Brian Williams
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Llewellyn 2002


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Card Images from the Ship of Fools Tarot


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Ship of Fools Tarot review by Solandia

The Ship of Fools Tarot is "a classic and traditional tarot uniquely based on images of freedom and foolishness" by Brian Williams, creator of other well-known tarots like the Renaissance Tarot, PoMo Tarot and the Minchiate Tarot. The inspiration for these cards was 'Das Narrenschiff', The Ship of Fools, a German poem published by Sebastian Brant in 1495. The popular poem was a moralistic satire warning against more than one hundred vices and follies, from recklessness to bringing animals into church. Originally illustrated with woodcut images showing a fool in jester's hat involved in the various offences, Williams has selected the whole or parts of these images, and combined them with Marseilles and Rider-Waite tarot symbols to create each tarot card.

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Name: Ship of Fools Tarot
Creators: Brian Williams
Publisher: Llewellyn 2002
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Rider-Waite-Smith
Minor Arcana Style: Unique Scenes Without Suit Symbols
Suits: Staves, Cups, Swords, Coins
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: The Vagabond, The Mountebank, The Papess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Pope, Love, The Cart, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Stars, The Moon, The Sun, Judgment, The World
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

Card Size: 3.13 x 4.63 in. = 7.94cm x 11.75cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Cream background with the 4 suit symbols in sepia arranged symmetrically.

Companion Material: 240+ page companion book by creator Williams explaining the history, context, and creation process


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