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The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot

The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot
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The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot

This second revised edition of the Lovecraft Tarot, published by Mythos Books LLC 2002, 2nd revised edition, contains 78 cards corresponding to the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana of the traditional tarot; the Minor Arcana of The H.P. Lovecraft Tarot consisting of the Suits of Man, Artifacts, Tomes & Sites; the Major Arcana consisting of entities and creatures of H.P. Lovecraft & the Cthulhu Mythos. Over 1/3 of the cards have been redesigned with augmented or completely new illustrations, all the artwork again by noted artist Daryl Hutchinson. The cards are printed in duotone, in varying shades of sepia and white, and the card dimensions are approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inches. The symbols, numerals and card title are printed against a white background, and the cards are UV coated to protect the cards in the course of their handling. This second edition of the H.P. Lovecraft Tarot comes with an 80 page book authored by Eric Friedman, who provides the introduction to the H.P. Lovecraft Tarot, detailed explanation of each Major Arcana card and how this card relates to the Cthulhu Mythos, and where applicable to its corresponding card in the traditional tarot, and for all cards in the Major & Minor Arcana both positive and negative aspects of the card are listed for those who choose to use the deck as a diviniation tool. The descriptions from the Major Arcana also include quotes from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft & Zelia Bishop (for the "Yig" card) and one quote from August Derleth (for the "Ithaqua" card). A suggested tarot spread, and an example reading, is provided in the book as well for those who wish to use the deck as a traditional tarot. The deck may be appreciated as either beautiful art cards, or as a functional working tarot deck, or as both. The Major Arcana cards are as follows: Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth, Shub Niggurath, Hastur, Cthulhu, Lavinia, Ithaqua, Shoggoth, Great Race of Yith, Hounds of Tindalos, Mi-Go, Deep One, Ghoul, Old One, Tsathoggua, R'lyeh Rising, Nodens, Night Gaunt, Yig the Serpent God, Cthulhu Awakens and The Crawling Chaos. The Minor Arcana cards are as follows: The Suit of Man: H.P. Lovecraft, Randolph Carter, Inspector Legrasse, Charles Dexter Ward, Erich Zann, Herbert West, Captain Obed Marsh, Wizard Noah Whateley, Wilbur Whateley, Wizard Edward Hutchinson, Dr. Henry Armitage, Crawford Tillinghast, Harley Warren, Keziah Mason. The Suit of Artifacts: Star Stone, The Colour Out of Space, Silver Key, The Shining Trapezohedron, Guardian of Kadath, The Yellow Sign, EOD Vestments, Resonator, Pickman's Model, Mi-Go Brain Cylinder, Bokrug, Stone of Nepemiah Derby, Liao the Plutonian Drug. The Suit of Tomes: Necronomicon, De Vermis Mysteriis, Unaussprechlichen Kulten, The R'lyeh Texts, The Dhol Chants, Libre D'Eibon, The King in Yellow, Cultes Des Gouls, The Pnakotic Manuscripts, The Eltdown Shards, The People of the Monolith, The Ponape Scriptures, Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan, The Black Book. The Suit of Sites: Yuggoth, Irem City of Pillars, Plateau of Leng, Whateley Farmhouse, The Witch House, The Mountains of Madness, St. Toad's, Innsmouth, Kadath, Exham Priory, Sentinel Hill, EOD Temple, Federal Hill, Arkham.

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Product Details:
Author: D. L. Hutchinson
Cards: 80 pages
Publisher: Mythos Books
Publication Date: October 31, 2002
Language: English
ISBN: 0965943380
Product Length: 0.75 inches
Product Width: 4.25 inches
Product Height: 5.5 inches
Product Weight: 0.9 pounds
Package Length: 5.6 inches
Package Width: 4.5 inches
Package Height: 1.1 inches
Package Weight: 0.9 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 5 reviews

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33 of 35 found the following review helpful:

5Fantastic 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.

7 of 8 found the following review helpful:

5I 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:

5For 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:

4Unusual deck but ideal for Lovecraft fans  Feb 25, 2013
By Reader
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:

5Essential Necronomicon Tool  Nov 23, 2004
By Wizard Baphomet "Magick"
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.

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