Minchiate was a popular card game in Florence in the 16th century. In this 97-card deck, we find the traditional Tarot trumps and Minors along with additional cards. The Major Arcana includes the seven virtues, the four elements, and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. In this carefully and beautifully reproduced deck nothing is added -- it's simply the cards in their original lavish color and design; even the backs of the cards are reproduced from the original 1725 deck. The Majors are all numbered, save the Fool, who is unnumbered. The Minor Arcana, with the Marseilles style pips, are traditional with the exception of the Pages. In the suits of Cups and Coins, which are considered "feminine" suits, the typically male Pages are replaced with Maids. The Knights are all centaurs. Like the rediscovery of Tarot for divination in the 18th century, modern deck designers are beginning to recognize the usefulness of this deck structure for divination. Historically important, symbolically fascinating, and decidedly engaging, Minchiate is enjoying its own renaissance.Vom Verlag:
The tarot has been known as the Minchiate in Tuscany ever since the renaissance. These special decks united the traditional allegories with the Zodiac signs and some of the virtues missing in the classic tarot. This deck combines sacred iconography with the oldest pagan myths, symbols of the forces which must be controlled and guided.
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