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Hanson-Roberts Tarot
Price: 21.95

Highlights:
Designer: Mary Hanson-Roberts.  Publisher: US Games.  Size: 600cm x 985 (2.5 x 3.75)  Price includes shipping.
Description

This will be a well-known deck for those of you who are familiar with tarot cards, and is the first of Mary Hanson-Roberts' artistic contributions to Tarot. She followed up with The Quick and Easy Tarot, the Universal Waite and the Whimsical. The accompanying booklet is written by Stuart Kaplan.  The hanson roberts has probably become one of the all-time most popular decks around with beginners and old hands alike.

It's a traditional structure deck with King, Queen, Knight and Page on each of the Suits, and it sticks closely to the symbolic format first created with the Rider Waite Deck, using closely allied symbolism and structure. However, the illustrations are much more detailed on this deck and the cards themselves contain a helpful and pretty use of colour.

Almost all of the cards have flowers or vegetation included in the images, and the illustrations are evocative and thought-provoking. I particularly like the Rods in this deck - these are all flowering staffs where the blossoms are generally closed with the notable exception of the Ace, where exotic flowers bloom against a sun-streaked sky in front of a fairy tale castle. One criticism I would make of the illustrations (and this a somewhat endearing one) is that several of the male figures seem to have lost their necks!

The instruction book is reasonably comprehensive. On Majors you get a fairly thorough description of the concept of the card and the symbolism in the image plus a divinatory meaning (keywords) and reversed meaning. The Minor Arcana follows the same format though there is less information. The only spread included is the Celtic Cross.

All in all, an extremely good beginner's deck.


Images

The Emperor
The Emperor
The Hermit
The Hermit
 
Hanged Man
Hanged Man
Universe
Universe
 
Ace of Rods
Ace of Rods
4 of Rods
4 of Rods
 
2 of Cups
2 of Cups
Page of Cups
Page of Cups
 
Ace of Swords
Ace of Swords
King of Swords
King of Swords
 
9 of Pents
9 of Pents
King Pents
King Pents