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Gilded Tarot and Easy Tarot: Marchetti & Ellershaw

Bare with me as I am working on a small catalog of posts outlining the decks I most frequently use. 

This is the Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti. I actually got this as a part of the Easy Tarot: Learn To Read The Cards Once and For All and, since I know that’s why many would read this, I will go into that as well. If you’re looking for a decent basic primer to get you started learning tarot, this is a good one.

This is a Rider Waite based deck and the images are really fantastic. Brightly colored and driven by mythic images, this deck is almost like a fairy tale in your hands. I really enjoy it when I am looking to create pretty Card of the Day readings or other posts involving photos of the cards as the design and color are incredibly appealing. Whenever I’ve used these for that purpose, they definitely catch the eye.

For personal use, I love this deck when I’m looking to offset some of my darker readings- and what’s interesting to me is that though it’s more whimsical, it’s also got an edge to it. The artwork is a nice balance. It’s sort of a blend of the more traditional and given a bit of a twist- but this is something Marchetti’s famous for: I also have his Gilded Reverie Lenormand. 😉

One thing I have seen mentioned about Marchetti’s work and have experienced myself is that these cards actually almost seem to have hidden meanings- they have symbolism tucked into them that would enable you to take away further meaning or expand upon the existing card interpretation. For instance, if you pay attention to the animal symbolism contained within many of the cards, you’ll find expanded interpretations can be made in that, as well. He’s mentioned a number of times that this is in fact, deliberate. This makes the deck a bit different- here, check this out, for example:

And this one:

And this one:


Think a bit on the questions that each animal begs and, it helps you to further expand upon the card, which is a really brilliant difference to standard Rider Waite decks. They appear throughout the cards here and there, in a way that just seems to pop up in the most appropriate ways as you read. It’s very cool.

I think that many people get up in their feels about “novelty” decks or the many clones on the Rider Waite but, Marchetti adds quite a few finer details that make this an easy stand out and hardly a clone. The great thing about this being used in a learner set is that it’s still traditional enough that learning the symbolism is fairly easy as it still holds true- while at the same time adding in those little touches that make it unique.

Of course, this is a Llewellyn deck, so it bears some similarity to others in terms of the brass tacks delivery: open top box, deck and Little White Book inside. The cardstock is excellent and sturdy- 2 ¾” by 4 ½” and they shuffle easily. The backing is black with a gold frame and jewel tone inlay- there is an ornate style design however, it’s done in such a way that you would not know if you’d drawn a card reversed or not until you flipped it.

When you get into the Easy Tarot- it’s a little different as it comes with a bigger box, bigger book and the bigger book is where I think you find considerable value in this, especially if you’re learning.

Josephine Ellershaw breaks things down VERY nicely and offers a number of different methods that you can use if you’re just starting out. Actually, given the wealth of her experience, I also noticed a few tips and tricks I myself hadn’t considered- and still use to this day. If you want to learn tarot on your own- but you find yourself getting a bit intimidated: this is an excellent resource at a very reasonable price and I highly recommend it.

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