What is the New Tarot?
The New Tarot is a deck of 77 cards, designed to be a "sequel" to the traditional Tarot: all the cards and concepts are new, but it follows the classic Tarot structure. There are twenty-one new Major Arcana, numbered from XXII to XLII, and four new suits of Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana of the Tarot proper are often understood as the way-stations of a "Fool's Journey" towards self-knowledge and self-mastery. The Major Arcana of the New Tarot are meant to encapsulate a second and more outward-focused leg of that journey, in which the newly enlightened Fool steps out into the world to explore and to make his dreams a reality. For this reason, their numbering begins where the classic Major Arcana leave off.
Just as the traditional Minor Arcana represent the fundamental tools that must be mastered in order to achieve self-knowledge, the Minor Arcana of the New Tarot represent the (somewhat more complex) tools that must be mastered in order to achieve worldly success. The four suits of the New Tarot are as follows:
- The Suit of Keys -- represents forces of innovation, discovery, and problem-solving
- The Suit of Chains -- represents forces of social control, alliance, obligation, and manipulation
- The Suit of Masks -- represents forces of identity, role, and self-expression
- The Suit of Tomes -- represents forces of knowledge and imagination
How can I use this weird thing?
The New Tarot is meant to be read, just like an ordinary Tarot deck. It is calibrated for outward-focused queries concerned with tangible goals and interactions between people...those areas in which the Tarot proper, with its focus on inner vision, can be most frustratingly obscure and allegorical.
For those interested in a greater complexity of response, it can also be shuffled into a regular Tarot deck, resulting in a hybrid deck with Major Arcana 0-XLII and eight full suits.
Also, of course, the New Tarot makes for a worthy collector's piece. A New Tarot deck contains seventy-seven pieces of beautiful fantasy art, depicting concepts and symbols unlike those in any other deck.
Can you give me some examples of what you're talking about?
We can indeed. We've prepared several sample cards to show off our art style and to illustrate the kind of symbolism we're using. Pictures are below; explanations of the sample cards can be found in the FAQ.
Who is behind the New Tarot?
The deck designer is Warren Tusk; he's responsible for all the concepting and the symbolism. The art is the work of the inestimable Leslie Minnis. (More of her painting can be found on her blog.)
Where's the money going?
This is approximately the cost of making 77 high-quality fantasy paintings. Taking on a full-scale Tarot deck involves massive time and labor.
Anything else I should know?
Plenty. You should check out the FAQ. And if there's something you want to know that isn't there, you should contact Warren.
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