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The Hieronymus Bosch Tarot is a breathtaking 78-card Tarot deck that utilizes artwork from 15th Century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch's actual paintings. These are not re-drawings.
Not only do the cards look beautiful, but just wait until you FEEL them!
The cards have a Linen finish, so it's almost like holding tiny canvas paintings in your hands. This linen finish helps the deck shuffle beautifully and provides a nice grip for easy handling.
Hieronymus Bosch actually lived and worked around the same period the original Italian Tarot decks were created, and like those decks, many of his paintings contained imagery drawn from popular European archetypes of that era.
Pairing Bosch's artwork with existing Tarot cards seemed like a natural fit. If you view some of his paintings side-by-side with cards from the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it almost seems like he was trying to create a deck of his own.
Some of the images were badly damaged and had to be restored, such as the Sloth panel from The Seven Deadly Sins. As you can see below, I removed a large scratch running across the sleeping man.
The concept behind this deck, and what makes it so very special, is the idea that Hieronymus Bosch was commissioned to create a deck of Tarot cards for a noble European family. If Bosch had created such a deck, what would he have used for the Trumps of the Major Arcana and the Suits of the Minor Arcana?
Bosch isn't alive to tell us, so I carefully searched through all of his paintings to find clues and repeating esoteric symbols. This led to the creation of an entirely new paradigm in the Tarot, with radical changes not seen since Aleister Crowley's Book of Thoth.
The Minor Arcana is divided into eight suits of seven cards each. The new suits are derived from symbols that recur throughout Bosch's paintings.
Berries - Earth - Abundance, fertility, harmony, joy, friendship
Birds - Air - Movement, travel, personal growth
Skates - Water & Metal - Trouble, difficulties, indecision, fun
Swords - Metal - Skill and ability, conflict, victory
Vessels - Water - Untamed activity, blessings, sins and salvation
Books - Earth & Air - Knowledge, intelligence, learning
Coins - Metal - Business, career, success, wealth, money
Sins - Fire - The troubles and desires of the human condition
Each deck comes with a little instruction booklet that explain the meanings behind each card. For a more robust exploration of the deck, there is also a large guidebook available in either softcover or hardcover bindings.
This large guidebook contains high quality full color images of every card printed on premium heavyweight art paper, as well as indexes to match the cards to the paintings from which they were derived. No stone has been left unturned!
The Hieronymus Bosch Tarot comes in a sturdy rigid box that will keep your cards safe. The box itself has a textured Linen finish and is covered with scenes from The Garden of Earthly Delights on the front and back. There are even several hidden messages tucked between the folds of the box for you to discover.
In addition to the standard rigid box that comes with every deck, backers also have the option to upgrade to a luxury wooden Tarot storage box. This box is covered with a velvet material and is cushioned with satin on the inside. The symbol on the lid of the box, embossed in metallic gold foil, comes from one of Bosch's paintings and has an extremely vivid esoteric meaning.
The Boschian Bestiary is a book created in the style of a medieval bestiary (or bestiarum vocabulum) which is a compendium of creatures that are either real or imagined. Originating in the ancient world, bestiaries were popular illustrated volumes that described animals and natural phenomena.
This bestiary is comprised of 80 woodcut-style drawings of various creatures featured in Hieronymus Bosch's paintings. These drawings show increased details that aren't readily visible on the original artworks, which have faded with the passage of time.
The Boschian Bestiary is a numbered edition linen hardcover volume featuring an embossed gold insignia on the cover.