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 aren’t as appealing to my aesthetic.
There’s a great site that showcases dozens of Tarot Decks called Aeclectic Tarot. They also explain what each of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck mean, and they included 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 Robert M Place Tarot 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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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.
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.