Hmm, I'm not actually sure where my Hexen deck is... hopefully it's still in storage and will be easily found when I next check that. If it's somewhere in my apartment...
I recognize that Fool. I think I might have seen someone hyping this while it was still in early development.
I remember coming away from The Book of Thoth thinking that a) Crowley came off as a surprisingly funny guy and b) his tarot deck is a pain in the ass and it's definitely on purpose. It's thought out in intricate detail, but it's also stuffed full of obnoxious, more-esoteric-than-thou hotdogging.Fun fact, my very first published Pathfinder product was a book about magical decks of card. For inspiration, I actually bought a Crowley deck off of Amazon. (I already had a rider Waite deck from when I was a kid).
As Arethusa noted, Rider is the name of the company that first printed that deck. Arthur Edward Waite wrote descriptions of the cards, and commissioned Pamela Colman Smith to illustrate them. For some reason she got kind of forgotten about for a while spoiler alert it's sexism.I know the Waite-Smith deck as the Rider-Waite deck, but that's the one I voted for.
You saying that reminds me of a book I read a while ago, called The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, written by Robert Place. Mr. Place admits up front to being kind of a Waite stan, which colors his analysis of modern tarot, but despite that the book's first half is a solid, no-nonsense introduction to the evolution of the tarot, and the various traditions that influenced its development. (The back half has a pretty solid, no-nonsense introduction to some basic spreads and approaches to interpreting them, along with a card-by-card listing of the RWS deck that's nothing really special.)And since I should probably answer the question of the thread, my favorite Tarot is (are) the original Visconzi-Sforza decks from the fifteenth century.
They're magnificent little works of art showing the beginnings of the game and its solid grounding in Italian Renaissance Christian culture and folklore.
Haha wtf. This looks really wild.Here are a few examples to give a sense of what [Hexen 2.0 tarot is] going for [...]
This is a deck that I quite like because I'm rather fond of that encoding in symbolism going on in classical alchemy in its own right, enjoy the novelty of this post-modern take on it, and find it informative about various conceptual developments and figures across the 20th century.
I think I might actually have this one in the shoebox.I don't own a deck but every now and then the thought does cross my mind. Then I spend half a day looking at cards. The one that comes immediately to mind is Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's Shadowscapes Tarot
Yes, I suppose it is. Looking at others, it's certainly a lot denser than is the norm for tarot art.Haha wtf. This looks really wild.