*This is an OPEN BOX. Cards, guidebook & box are not damaged. Was only used for customers to look through.
The Minoan Tarot was inspired by the people of Ancient Crete and their devotion to their Goddess, their land and their creativity.
Each card is based upon an original work of the painters, sculptors, jewelers and potters who lived thousands of years ago. Unlike their contemporaries in Egypt or Babylonia, the Bronze Age people of Crete did not exalt kingship, war nor death, nor conceive of a vast distance between Gods and humanity. Instead these people celebrated the presence of the Goddess, the beauty of the natural world, and their own sexuality and creativity. The Minoan Tarot describes a lively, peaceful, sacred, and technologically advanced society, that is no fantasy but is part of our true history.
Many of the archetypes of the Major Arcana become more playful, more present, and more sacred in the Minoan Tarot, and the cards are renamed in keeping with their culture. For example: with images of evil, oppression, or addiction unavailable in surviving Minoan art, the Devil card becomes a priestess lost in Ecstasy. The success of individuals are not glorified but the eternal sacred story, so the Empress and Emperor become the Goddess and the God.
The suits of Earth, Sea, Sky, and Art illustrate the great powers present in the lives of the Minoans. Earth shows children of the Mountain Mother, Sea for companions of Ocean Father, Sky for the Lady of Heaven, and Art for their own expressions of humanity.
The court cards are renamed Worker, Priestess, Master, and Mistress. The Worker relates with the energy of the suit in a physical and practical way. The Priestess expresses spiritual direction and action. The Master and the Mistress cards are aspects of the God and Goddess as represented in the realms of Earth, Sea, Sky, and Art.
About the Deck:
78 cards. Size: 3" x 5.5 in (7.6 x 14 cm)
Sturdy custom 2-part box