Posts Tagged ‘Devil

12
Dec
08

Jasniak Tarot

The Jasniak Tarot (also referred to as the Jasniak Color Tarot) is a kaleidoscopic beauty of a deck published in Poland in 1998.  The author/designer is Aleksandra Jaśniak, and the artist is either Anna Galuszka (per the box cover) or Longin Szmyd (per the preface to the accompanying 300-page book).  The artwork is crisp and expressive with a sharp graphic style, and there is a liberal use of vivid almost psychedelic colors, patterns, and shapes throughout the deck.

The imagery in the majors has some subtle hints to Marseilles themes, yet with a modern aesthetic.  The images often expand just beyond the background frames and titles, providing a dynamic yet subtle effect.

The court cards are exotic (and somewhat erotic) characters, arrayed in fantastic robes or intricate armor.  The minors are non-scenic yet energetic arrangements of the suit symbols, pulsating with psychotropic patterns.

Here are some of my favorite cards.  There are so many cool cards in this deck, it was difficult to select just a few.  Tune in and turn on!

Major Arcana:

Jasniak Tarot - Empress and Justice

Jasniak Tarot - Empress and Justice

Jasniak Tarot - Hermit and Devil

Jasniak Tarot - Hermit and Devil

Court Cards:

Jasniak Tarot - Queen of Wands and Knight of Cups

Minor Arcana:

Jasniak Tarot - 2 of Cups and 3 of Swords

Jasniak Tarot - 2 of Cups and 3 of Swords

Jasniak Tarot - 6 of Coins and 9 of Wands

Jasniak Tarot - 6 of Coins and 9 of Wands

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Art and images are copyright by the respective artists who created them, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artists.
30
Nov
08

Derakkusu ban Hihou Tarot

As the daylight grow shorter and colder and the contemplative nights grow longer, I find great pleasure and treasure in looking through my Tarot collection for hidden gems.  I plan on posting some of my favorites re-discoveries here.

The Derakkusu ban Hihou Tarot is truly one of those treasures.  This is a deck first published in Tokyo, Japan in 1991, with delicate yet striking artwork in the major arcana and court cards. The minor arcana are simple geometric arrangements of the suit symbols.

The artwork is either by Kazumi Niikura (per the box cover), or by Mondo Oki and Mei Unasaka (per the companion book and per the Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. III).  One source to obtain the Derakussu deck is the Sasuga Japanese Bookstore.

Here are some wonderful samples of the cards:

Derakkusu, Death and The Devil

Derakkusu, Death and The Devil

Derakkusu, Page of Wands and Knight of Cups

Derakkusu, Page of Wands and Knight of Cups

Derakkusu, Queen of Swords and Knight of Pentacles

Derakkusu, Queen of Swords and King of Pentacles

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Art and images are copyright by the respective artists who created them, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artists.



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