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The Pictorial Key Tarot

It's a deck based on the famous Rider-Waite-Smith, whose images were re-elaborated by Davide Corsi; the LWB was written by Giordano Berti.

Aesthetically-wise, it's a beautiful deck (the friends who acted as my "guinea pigs" the first times I read with it immediately fell in love with it), and I daresay it's also "reassuring" no matter the responses it may give (which can't be said, for instance, of the Universal Fantasy Tarot).

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An exception to this "reassuring" feature may be represented by the Moon, which replaces the typical crab emerging from the subconscious waters with a disquieting tentacled monster, maybe dead maybe alive, and it might be interesting to take notice of the querent's reactions in face-to-face consultations under certain circumstances.

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In its own way, what reinforces the "reassuring" feature is the Nine of Pentacles where there isn't the usual hooded bird of prey symbolising the tamed instincts of the woman who was able to create her own garden of beauty and riches, and that now is at home with herself; what we have here is a placid non-hooded parrot mirroring the lady's serenity.

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The image of the Death card is peculiar: it keeps the banner and the skeleton, but the skeleton is not riding a horse, rather it's seated on a throne reminiscing, on the one hand, the High Priestess' throne with its two columns in the background, and, on the other hand, the Hierophant's throne with the two adepts (suppliants, in this case?) in front of it.

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retro_chiave_p.jpgMore than offering interpretations, the LWB gives suggestions for every single card; it can be limitative for beginners, but in a sense it can also be a basis for further studies elsewhere; the spread in it is quite fuzzy.