Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.6 x 4.72 inches, or 66 x 120 mm.

Back of card: Lavender border with turquoise interior, with a totem pole in the center. May be inverted.

Booklet included: Yes, 64 pages, 2.55 x 4.66 inches, or 65 x 118 mm. Instructions in English, Italian, Spanish, French & German.

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo. Printed in Italy, imported by Llewellyn Worldwide.

Comments: This is a deck of native cultures from around the world. The word, "shaman" is of Siberian origin. In the book, shamans are described as those who have an extended sense of reality. According to the book, shamanism is neither a religion, nor a philosophy, yet in the introductory notes, shamanism is described as "the oldest spiritual practice of humanity." The word they're after, or perhaps the word they're carefully trying to avoid, is magician, for that is what a shaman is.

Suits in this deck are Drums, representing Pentacles; Bows, representing Swords; Bones, representing Wands; and Stones, representing Water. For the most part, these are not happy substitutions. Stones, for example, have watery traits only on abstract levels, if at all.

You must be on your toes to use this deck. You will note on the Major Arkana cards that no titles are given. Some of the symbolism is traditional, but some is not. Major arkana 8, for example, shows two maurading brown bears. Is this Strength, or is it Justice? Answer: Neither. It is power.

Shaman Tarot


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