While I am not a practitioner of tarot, I am most certainly a fan of anything related to Lovecraft and the mythos. In particular, I enjoy lovecraft inspired artwork because it is a subject that lends itself very well to visual interpretation. It is for this reason that I was very happy to be contacted about reviewing the Necronomicon Tarot.
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The Necronomicon Tarot was created by prolific modern occult author Donald Tyson, and illustrated by fantasy artist Anne Stokes, whose work has been featured on products from Wizards of the Coast, creator of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering. The deck is produced by Llewellyn Worldwide, a New Age publisher founded in 1901 that produces a wide range of books on such subjects as astrology, magick, paganism, and much more.
The book, Secrets of the Necronomicon, starts off with an introduction by the author which gives some background information, such as how the cards tie into the mythos, and specific features of the deck. Not having much experience with tarot, I found this very informative. The book itself is very well organized, and contains the following chapters: Necronomicon, Cthulhu Mythos, Correspondences, Trumps, Court Cards, Number Cards, and Divination.
The Necronomicon and Cthulhu Mythos chapters give the reader some insight into the author’s interpretation of the mythos, and set the stage for the interpretation of the cards themselves, which are individually listed with detailed information on each, including a description, as well as meanings. I cannot imagine a more complete companion to this deck.
As for the deck itself, I was very pleased. The quality of the printing and attention to detail rate very high, and the artwork itself shows that Anne truely has talent for capturing the spirit of the mythos while adding her own style to each card. The themed cards (wands, cups, swords, etc..) fit together extremely well, while still being very unique. Each card is backed with an image of a tentacled monstrosity - quite fitting indeed. Overall I am very impressed with the artwork used for this deck. A semi-translucent bag for the deck is also included, which is a nice touch.
This beautiful, well thought out set would be a perfect addition to any collection - whether you collect tarot decks, mythos inspired art, or both! I would certainly recommend this set to fans of Lovecraft and the mythos, regardless of whether or not they are into tarot, as the artwork itself makes this a wonderful item to have.
- Necronomicon Tarot by Donald Tyson
- Illustration by Anne Stokes
- Includes 200+ page book, 78 card deck, and bag
- ISBN: 0-7387-1086-5
- Ordering Information
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