Deck of Interest—The Byzantine Tarot

May 30 2015 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Connections Book Publishing

What secrets are hidden in the past?

A crossroads of cultural and religious influences, Byzantium was also a rich and powerful society. Because it was as rich in artistic and decorative elements as it was in palace intrigue, the Byzantine Empire provides a lush well from which to draw images for iconic tarot symbolism. Using the traditional 78-card Rider-Waite format as their foundation, Matthews and Conway worked as a team to excavate a war-ravaged and looted civilization and reclaim its wisdom and enlightenment.

At the beginning of the 160-page companion book, John Matthews gives readers an overview of this dynamic region and how it influenced the creation of this deck. His narrative is followed by Cilla Conway’s tour through her personal process as she created the powerful imagery. She recounts drawing on Byzantine mosaics, frescoes, and manuscript illuminations, as she wrestled with existing artworks, religious and pagan icons, and her own imagination. In the end, she carefully let each archetype present itself as it wished.

This will be a special treat for historians, art historians and tarot buffs. The links made between Byzantium and the Italian Renaissance are an extra bonus. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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