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Tarot of the New Vision
It's a deck based on the famous Rider-Waite-Smith, but with the images seen from behind, and this provides new and interesting perspectives and interpretative possibilities. The author of the LWB is Pietro Alligo; the illustrators are by the twins Raul and Gianluca Cestaro.
From pp. 3-4 of the LWB: "For the first time, the images created by [Pamela Coleman] Smith for the New Vision Tarot were designed by rotating the perspective 180 degrees. [...] This is not simply a figurative peculiarity but an ulterior extension of meanings.
"While realising this project some of the cards required ‘artistic' license for the enlargement or reduction of the size of the figures and objects in relation to their original position.
"One of the greatest difficulties when the new images were designed was the angle of the Kings and Queens seen from the back on the throne. The problem was identical for many Major Arcana such as the High Priestess, the Emperor, the Hierophant, the Chariot, and Justice."
For instance, the Chariot from the Tarot of the New Vision emphasises the tyrannical interpretation of the card to the detriment of exercising one's will on something or someone (which can lead to tyranny if taken to extremes, but it's not the usual, immediate meaning).
In the case of the Hermit, it's evident that the inspiration comes not only from the Rider-Waite Tarot but also from more or less renowned decks: for instance, the snake appears in the famous Oswald Wirth Tarot and also in the re-elaborations by Giorgio Tavaglione in his Tarocchi delle Stelle and Enoil Gavat Tarot, as well as in more decks.
Several other cards are interesting for how they were realised in this deck:
• The addition of the unicorn in the Four of Cups, for instance, remarks that something positive is clearly visible but the person doesn't want to consider it
• The addition of the two elders in the Six of Cups' background places a higher emphasis to the meaning of thinking of the past, maybe with nostalgia, but not necessarily in a negative sense: the elders have a serene expression on their faces, as if they were re-living a beautiful moment of their past and as if they were re-enjoying it
• The inside of the Five of Pentacles shows that - as suggested by the RWS image we're accustomed to - help is available, despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation, if only we're able to see it and take it; and this is exactly what the image in the Tarot of the New Vision tells us: the person, along with her child, is no longer exposed to the inclemency of the weather, rather she has taken refuge
On the contrary, I'm perplexed by the fireworks in the Eight of Cups' background, a card that means voluntarily leaving something behind, and this "something" usually is negative; the man goes towards something new, no matter how unknown and risky, exactly because he needs to leave a situation which is no longer suitable for him. If there were joy, he wouldn't have made the decision to leave that place, would he? (A dear friend of mine, however, opines that the image in the Tarot of the New Vision is to be read in a different way: the man's inner uneasiness is so deep to the point that it leads him to leave the known places in any case, despite the celebrations there; in other words, the external joy is powerless against the inner uneasiness gripping his soul in a way that, consequently, leads him to leave everything behind in search of something that can finally be satisfying and gratifying for him.)
I'm likewise perplexed by the bear in front of that poor man in the Nine of Wands. We're accustomed to see him wounded in the RWS; we know that he has already had to overcome many hardships, that he expects more attacks, and that's the reason why he sets up the barriers of wands behind him. His enemies will strike again from behind. Why, then, placing an attacker in front of him?
Except for these trifles, it's an excellent deck, especially if you study it by following Valerie Sim's Comparative Tarot philosophy. And you can even start from the LWB: the divinatory meanings provided are correct, albeit extremely schematic (few keywords), but they can be a basis for a more in-depth study. Furthermore, one of the two spreads - the one called "the cards of meditation" - is nothing more than the suggestion to draw a card a day in order to ‘become intimate' with each card and to learn its nuances, especially for readings you do for yourself. For readings done also to third parties, the LWB presents "the external cards and the inner cards" spread, which allows you to take a look at the external and inner sides of a problem, plus one extra card to help you find the right balance, in this decks typical perspective.