The Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck is created by the digital artist Ciro Marchetti. The lively digital imagery the deck contains has strong elements of fantasy and graphic novels, with an unusual take on the traditional Tarot.
The Legacy of the Divine deck invokes imagination and takes you to a new world with each reading.
So, what is this deck all about, and could it be the right Tarot deck for you?
What is The Legacy of the Divine Tarot Deck?
Ciro Marchetti has created quite a few Tarot decks, but this is by far my favorite. It is also extremely popular in the Tarot world, with its striking imagery and interesting interpretations of the cards.
The artwork on the cards really reminds me of fantasy and graphic novels, so if you are a fan of these, you will love the deck!
This deck follows the Rider-Waite tradition with some deviations. For example, the Suit of Pentacles is renamed the Suit of Coins.
This isn’t too unusual within Tarot decks as other popular decks make the same choice. Pentacles usually refer to financial and materialistic parts of our lives, so the change is pretty intuitive.
There are some other changes throughout the deck, for example, the Hierophant card is now Faith. I quite like this touch as the word Hierophant is defined as ‘Priest’, which can exclude certain religions.
I know that some people don’t like the Christian undertones of many traditional Tarot decks, so when changing the card to Faith, Ciro Marchetti is opening up the Tarot to a more diverse audience.
The Legacy of The Divine Tarot Review
Okay, let’s look at the box that the deck comes in first! It’s quite big to accommodate the book and is a pretty sturdy and tough box.
You can definitely keep the Tarot deck and book in the box when not using them to protect the cards.
The box is one piece and the front opens up with a secure magnetic close, revealing the book and the deck underneath. A ribbon makes it easy to take cards out of their bed.
The box has the Queen of Wands on the front, which is honestly such a beautiful card. It really captures the vibe of the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck and how Ciro Marchetti depicts the characterizations of the cards.
Like most decks on the market right now, the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck comes with its own guidebook. The book bears its own name; ‘A Gateway to the Divine’. I know some retailers sell the book alone, but it’s not to be confused with the deck, so be careful.
It is a huge book and I was really surprised at this when I first got my hands on the deck. What is unusual about this guidebook is that it is a story. The beginning of the book gives you the background of the deck and describes stories from another dimension.
The book does also contain in-depth descriptions of all the Tarot cards, with keywords and reverse meanings included. This means the book is suitable for beginners but also gives a fresh and interesting depth to the Tarot. There is so much information in the book and really gives the deck structure and intrigue.
The Legacy of the Divine Tarot Cards
The cards in the deck all have really unique designs on them. I actually think this deck is a ‘love it or hate it’ deck because of the originality of the cards. For some people, this kind of artwork does nothing for them, but other people absolutely adore it!
The artwork on the cards takes from the traditional Rider-Waite deck but also takes inspiration from the meanings behind the card.
Certain cards have very loose similarities to Rider-Waite, but the meaning is still there in the imagery and symbolism.
I like this because it really shows that Ciro Marchetti worked hard to create this deck, with a deep knowledge of Tarot and the different meanings of the cards. It also means that this deck is intuitive to read and suitable for beginners.
The card backs have this intricate metallic pattern on them which gives me a fantasy, steam-punk vibe. I really love this touch!
This deck is non-gilded and fits in my hands nicely thanks to the smaller size of the cards and how thin they are. This is a great deck to carry around with you, but I know some readers do prefer a thicker cardstock. I guess this really is down to preference!
The Major Arcana
The colors of the Major Arcana are all vibrant and striking. Reds, golds, and blues all follow through the cards bringing life and energy to the deck. A lot of the imagery reflects the traditional Tarot, but with some changes that further signify the meanings behind the cards.
Let’s take a look at The Devil card. I think this is one of the most interesting cards of the deck as Ciro Marchetti has created a card that reflects the meaning of the card. The Devil card is all about temptation and material focus, and I really think that this depiction shows this well. The devil is now a strong and handsome man, controlling someone who is depicted as a marionette.
I also love The Moon card. There is an icy, anxious feel to the card, with the glowing moon taking center stage. We can really sense the sinister undertones that The Moon brings, and I love how the dogs are now statues that are tied together. I also love how the triple Goddess symbol is on the card, reflecting spirituality and the different realms of the universe.
The Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana cards are just as vibrant and interesting as the Major Arcana. The depictions on the cards can be read easily and give a deep understanding of the meaning of the different cards without needing to consult the book.
Here are the Knights of the four different suits. Looks odd, I know, as they’re kind of depersonalized here. Instead of the young male figures, we only have helmets and the background of fire, water, sky, and the forest.
But, I quite like this stripped-back take on the Knights. I think they are easy to understand and I love how they incorporate the four elements of the Tarot suits.
I personally became interested in this deck when I received a reading from my fellow tarot enthusiast. My first impression was: Wow, this deck is gorgeous! I gotta have it. And I’m glad I finally got my hands on it!
This deck is very pleasant to look at with a really interesting and unique take on the traditional Tarot. My only complaint is that the cards chip easily and the black background tends to shed.
This deck reminds me of the element of fire. Images are bright as if they are burned onto the black background. This deck would make a nice gift for a Tarot reader, beginner and pro alike, who likes fantasy themes and would like to have an alternative to the traditional Rider-Waite deck.
- Quality: 78 glossy cards of smaller size. Shuffling is easy. Cards are a bit thin and, unfortunately, easily chipped at the edges, which are non-gilded.
- Design: Vibrant digital artwork on a black background, smooth black border.
- Difficulty: This deck slightly deviates from traditional imagery of Raider-Waite Tarot because the Suit of Pentacles are now the Suit of Coins and certain names of cards and imagery. No people are shown on the knight cards. However, the deck should be easy to read even for Tarot beginners. It is a really good deck for everyday Tarot use.
What do you think of the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck? Are you a fan of this take on the traditional Tarot? Let me know in the comments below!
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