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Fantastic art and new look at archtypes. Dec 31, 2002
By Syndi L. Riley
I found reading with this deck to be quite enlightening on a different level than expected. I expected the artwork to be fantastic, and it is. I expected it to complement and enhance my enjoyment of H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos, and it does. The pleasant surprise is that buried within the orignal, almost completely non-derivative genius of Lovecraft's world are the tarot archtypes. Cudo's to Eric C. Friedman whose accompanying book really brings this to light. Not only are the archtypes there, but they exist stripped of their usual cultural and period trappings. For me, it was as though I'd really seen them for themselves for the first time (and I've been doing readings for five years). Mr. Friedman's text flows from discussing the mystery of the collective concious (Major 9: The Great Race of Yith) to Sacred Marriage on the molecular level (Major 6: Lavinia) and greatly broadened my view of ways in which the archtypes could be applied. I also found the minors to be interesting and have had no trouble understanding their meaning in readings, even though they digress considerably from the traditional interpretations. They are numbered 1-14 with no court cards, the energies of the court cards being more than adaquately represented by the suit of Man.
In his forward, Mr. Friedman states that he trusts the cards will operate as a functional tarot. I think he is being overly modest and has added an important and welcome dimension to tarot study.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
I want this badly, but not $1,000 badly... Oct 10, 2011
By Tony L™
"Perception Changes With Perspective."
Seriously, it's just paper folks. I would love to do readings with this deck (since I could be honest), however I can't afford the outrageous price being asked for. These folks need to issue a new edition, perhaps a different color so purists can pursue collectability while I pursue functionality.
1 of 2 found the following review helpful:
For dark prophecies Mar 28, 2014
By Marcus Rauchfuss
"Res ætheris exploramus!"
The artwork of this tarrot set is outstanding, unfortunately, every time I use the cards, all they tell me is that the Stars are Right (pretty soon, anyway) and we will all come to a rather unfortunate end.
0 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Unusual deck but ideal for Lovecraft fans Feb 25, 2013
As a tarot enthusiast & not knowledgeable in all things Azathoth it's a difficult deck to work with but the imagery is great & sepia tones add mood. The kind of deck that gets you thinking outside the box...
8 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Essential Necronomicon Tool Nov 23, 2004
By Wizard Baphomet
The Necronomicon is a complex and ancient form of Magick. The H.P. Lovecraft Tarot deck is a superb intuitive way to work with the Necronomicon in practicing magick from the Necronomicon. Besides this, the set is beautifully done and sparkles with magickal energy.