TAROT OF THE GOLDEN WHEEL REVIEW
The “Tarot of the Golden Wheel”, a 78-card Tarot deck, includes an 82-page companion publication/guidebook. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck forms the framework for the deck. However, there are some exceptions. The fit of Pentacles was modified to match the Wheels. Strength is VIII, Justice XI. The face cards are Page, Knight and Queen.
This deck’s motif was inspired by Slavic society and the magic and knowledge of Russian fairytales. The Golden Wheel is a symbol of destiny and represents the movement as well as the four periods.
The guidebook/companion publication’s cover features a dynamic photograph of the Three of Cups with three females dressed in traditional gowns. Losenko suggests in her introduction that the deck’s most important problem is man and his connection with nature.
Major Arcana can be referred to by name, number, and key words. A beautiful story is used to explain the power of each card. These key words can be either upright or turned around. A 8-card spread qualifies for the “Golden Wheel Spread” at the end of the guide.
TAROT OF GOLDEN WHEEL CARD DETAILS
The guidebook/companion publication and the cards were packaged in a heavy cardboard box with lift-top lid. They measure 3.2 by 5.6 inches and have relatively simple backs. The card’s number, title, and match (for Major Arcana), title, and also fit (for Court Cards) are printed in black on a white background at the end.
The art is well-done, fashionable and uses attractive pastels. The cards are enjoyable to look at because the shades are both basic and very minimal. It is charming to see the beautiful fashions that the society wears.
These cards are vibrant and, somehow, more true to life than many non-Russian decks. The example of theTowerThe fire is revealed by the card. Although the idea of a collapse is old, the card shows the structure (called Terem in Russian). It’s ablaze because Russia doesn’t have earthquakes so why should it be able to fall? The fire can quickly ravage wood structures. Some cards contain really important information that helps you understand the meaning of each card (as an illustration,Five of the WheelsThe pair is melting their last “gold wheel” to get heat. Individuals are using their cash to purchase food and shelter.Eight SwordsA girl perched on a high cliff surrounded by swords. The only way to escape is to let go and then pass on the rocks.10 Wands—BlindfoldedIndividuals bring sticks, and he is almost dropping. This card is a great choice for novices, since it’s simple, straightforward, and also pleasant. It doesn’t have much folklore. I’m okay with the substitution of Pentacles with Wheels, as the sun cycles are vital for Slavic people.