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Italian artist Milo Manara has produced a sensual set of the sacred Tarot in a mix of eroticism and fantasy. Manara: The Erotic Tarot doesn't go to the extremes of the Casanova Tarot but is similiar in it's energy and imagery. Long time fans of erotic art and literature will find this deck a must have for their personal collections. With tasteful artwork that conveys the evocative forms of human sexuality the Erotic Manara Tarot is not only visually enjoyable but is also a Tarot which produces accuarate readings. The artists Milo Manara is known for his erotic art contained in his well known graphic novels utilizes sexually stylized imagery to convery the traditional Tarot card representations.
From his lifetime of work, Milo selected imagery from his years and years of art to represent each of the seventy eight cards of the deck. This deck is designed in such a way a more experienced reader will pick up more quickly and easily on the cards meanings as they will have a basis for interpretation for each card. Meaning this deck contains cards which rely on intuition as much as traditional card interpretations, however being based on the traditional structure of the RWS any experienced reader will be able to work with this deck quite easily right out of the box.
Milo renamed two of the Major arcana, the Wheel of Fortune and The Hanged Man have become The Mirror and The Punishment respectively. Milo renamed the suits of the Tarot as well by giving them their innate elemental representations in a unique and clever manner where Wands have become Fire, Swords are Air, Cups are Water, and Pentacles are renamed Earth. These small changes are easily integrated and add to the identity of the deck along with the eroticism of the artwork which features nude and semi nude forms throughout. The court cards are named Kings, Queens, Knights, and Knaves in this deck and Manara does a fine job of conveying the feeling of the elements throughout each suit. The feminine forms found in the card imagery isn't simply superficial for titillation but the scenes depict women of power and purpose who are involved and relevant to the escapades portrayed in their respective cards. That said, this deck does contain some imagery that some may find somewhat disturbing as the deck seeks to convey both the positive and negative sides to sexuality. Overall the artwork is rather tasteful in the Manara: The Erotic Tarot deck and will add a energy of sensuality to anyone's collection, whether professional reader or the enthusiast collector.
The backs are reversible and depict a woman teasing two men on a park bench. The cards are printed on quality card stock and each card features thick borders. Astrological correspondences are included on the bottom of each card and play heavily in the meanings of each card which are outlined in the companion book included with the set. Great for couples and those exploring their own sexuality, or the energy underlying our deeper drives and instincts, the Manara: The Erotic Tarot is a fun and functional addiction to any collection.
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