The Alchemical Egg

Several years ago, I had my tarot cards read. This was before I knew much about what the Tarot was, and I didn’t realize there were many decks, etc. and different interpretations. Keep in mind that I’m a bit practically-minded and this is something I think is fun, but about on the same scale as playing with a Ouiji board or doing “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at slumber party.

The deck this person reading my tarot was using was, unbeknownst to me, The Alchemical Tarot illustrated by Robert M. Place, and it was a spectacular design, beautifully illustrated. Since then, I’ve had people read my Tarot, and seen other decks, but that original reading sticks in my mind because the artwork was so beautiful. Some of the other decks I’ve seen were really cheesy and ridiculous.
I happened to stumble across a well-done site called the Aeclectic Tarot that does a great job explaining what each of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck mean, and they also had illustrations of over 400 decks… including the The Alchemical Tarot that I’ve been looking for. They also had a link to Robert M. Place’s website called The Alchemical Egg where I discovered he has done some other Tarot decks, including one based on the Saints, and one based on Angels.
These are a lot more fun to look at and interpret, because they’re so well designed.

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2 comments on “The Alchemical Egg
  1. chris bargo says:

    If you’re interested in a tarot deck using alchemical imagery, I heartily recommend the Tarot of the Holy Light, by Christine Payne-Towler. Information can be found at the above-mentioned link to Aeclectic Tarot.
    The artwork used in this deck is based on 16th and 17th century engravings from alchemical treatises and manuscripts and is extraordinarily well-done, with a subtle and energetic rendering far superior to the garish and cartoonish illustrations of Mr. Place’s Alchemical Tarot.

  2. Steph says:

    Thank you for the recommendation! That is indeed a gorgeous deck, and while I like Mr. Place’s version I do think this one is much better when you see them side by side.

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