This deck is a companion to Barbara Walker's book, The Secrets of the Tarot, which is an in-depth study of the origins, history and symbolism of the Tarot. It is comprised of the standard 56 card Minor Arcana and 22 card Major Arcana. It comes with a 48-page little white booklet that includes an introduction, general theories of the differences between the Major and Minor Arcana cards, a brief description of each card and its possible meaning in a reading, uses of the cards including a modified version of the Celtic Cross spread, and a detailed explanation of the back design. The meanings do not include a reverse interpretation. As Barbara Walker writes, each card is open to influence by adjacent cards, and each layout is open to individual interpretation. The Major and Minor Arcana are fully illustrated with rich, colorful designs that were hand painted by Barbara Walker. They are finely detailed and realistic. Some of the figures are partially or completely unclothed. For those who are sensitive to this, there is nothing lewd or gratuitous about these depictions. The suits are Cups, Wands (which are actual wands, not tree branches), Pentacles (which are actual pentacles, not discs or coins) and Swords. Each card is named and the Major Arcana is also numbered. The meaning of each Minor Arcana card is distilled into one key word that is printed above the picture, while its individual designation is printed below. The cards are translated simultaneously in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
**BRAND NEW** Copyright 1986 Barbara Walker Tarot Deck with 48 page instruction booklet. The actual deck is still in the original plastic wrap - UNOPENED. The box is slightly faded with a small square of discoloration where a price tag once was.