The Byzantine Tarot John Matthews & Cilla Conway. Unboxing and a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.
The first tarot deck inspired by the Byzantine Empire, this sumptuous and evocative package will appeal to all those with an interest in history, ancient kingdoms, iconography and history of art.
The Byzantine world, which lasted from 330 to 1453 CE, combined the elegance and power of Rome with the opulence and splendour of the Orient. This combination brought about richness in the world of art, literature, and spirituality that has seldom been equalled. Yet it also has a mysterious resonance, and it is to this world of emperors and empresses, saints and sinners, faith and miracles that the creators of this dazzling new tarot have turned, capturing the Byzantine vision, magic, and enchantment.
Product details from Amazon.com
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Connections Book Publishing; Box Tcr Cr edition (July 1, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 2 inches
When I see John Matthews’ name on a Tarot deck, I buy it. Period. The reason being is that he is an excellent writer so I already know the deck will come with a well-written & incredibly well-researched guidebook from which I am bound to learn many things. I briefly studied the Byzantine Empire way back in high school & found it fascinating, so when I saw he was working on the book to such a Tarot deck I was very anxious to obtain a copy. This is one of the very few titles I put on pre-order on Amazon as soon as I was able to do so.
The Byzantine Tarot does NOT disappoint. Not only is the book well-written & well-researched, it has some very interesting spreads in it that I cannot wait to start using with other decks in addition to the Byzantine Tarot. I urge you to READ THE BOOK!!! You will learn so much, plus it’s a pretty quick read. The cultural background to every image is discussed and I find that type of information fascinating.
The artwork is by Cilla Conway, the artist behind “The Intuitive Tarot.” Her renderings for The Byzantine Tarot are nothing short of breathtaking. She worked mainly from mosaics dating to the period & this adds authenticity to the images that are sometimes sadly lacking in decks based upon ancient civilizations. The images are brightly coloured, vibrant, and when you lay them out on your table they just seem to come to life. I cannot say enough positive things about the art.
Well written guidebook, gorgeous art is always a winning combination for any card deck. Do yourselves a FAVOR & buy this deck. I am so thrilled with mine. And for those of you who love the colour purple as I do, the box is a lovely deep royal purple, which was an added plus for me.