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The Byzantine Tarot
Wisdom from an Ancient Empire
John Matthews, Illustrated by Cilla Conway
ISBN: 9781859063910
Deck (Paperback)
5 1/2 x 9
160 pages
Full color cards
July 1, 2015


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"Rich in artistry, as well as politics, the Byznatine Empire provides an abundant well from which to draw images for iconic tarot symbolism. Using the traditional Rider-Waite format as their foundation, Matthews and Conway worked as a team to excavate a war-ravaged and looted civilization and reclaim its beauty and wisdom. 78-card deck and companion book." -Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

The first tarot deck inspired by the Byzantine Empire, this sumptuous and evocative package will appeal to all those with an interest in history, ancient kingdoms, iconography and history of art.

The Byzantine world, which lasted from 330 to 1453 CE, combined the elegance and power of Rome with the opulence and splendor of the Orient. This combination brought about richness in the world of art, literature, and spirituality that has seldom been equaled. Yet it also has a mysterious resonance, and it is to this world of emperors and empresses, saints and sinners, faith and miracles that the creators of this dazzling new tarot have turned, capturing the Byzantine vision, magic, and enchantment.

John Matthews is a leading authority on the tarot and the Grail and Arthurian legends and has acted as adviser on several motion pictures, including Jerry Bruckheimer’s King Arthur. He is also a prolific author and has created a number of successful divinatory systems based on early spiritual beliefs.
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Cilla Conway is a professional tarot counsellor, writer and artist with a particular interest in archetypes and mythology. She is the creator of The Intuitive Tarot.
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