Rachel Pollack and I have created a new Tarot deck and book set based on Jewish folklore. It is a deluxe deck of the Major Arcana with gold edges, printed at a larger size, six inches by three and a half inches, with a 186 page book by Rachel, and it comes in a boxed set with a magnetically closed lid.
The Sets are now SOLD OUT
Here is what Rachel has to say about it:
“I am so excited about this project. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for years, and thrilled that Robert Place and I have created it together. It’s based on Jewish esoteric themes and imagery–as well as Tarot tradition–to work with the idea of exile from our true selves, but also the radical Kabbalistic idea that the male and female aspects of God are in exile from each other, and we humans have a major part of restoring them. The name of the deck, The Raziel Tarot–The Secret Book of Adam and Eve–comes from the ancient story that before Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden, the angel Raziel (name means “Secret of God”) gave them a Book of Secrets that revealed all the mysteries of the universe–including all future events. This book passed down secretly to Noah, Abraham, Joseph (who used it for divination, which the Bible tells us he did with a Cup) and to King Solomon, the master of all magic. (One guess as who the Magician is!)
Robert made incredible images, and I made amazing discoveries in Jewish legends that work perfectly with Tarot traditions.”
Here is Joseph as the Fool, with his many colored coat:
King Solomon the Magician:
The Shekinah as the High Priestess, with her Torah and the columns, Boaz and Jakin:
Miriam, Moses’s sister, as the Empress:
Moses, the Emperor, confronting the Pharaoh:
Moses’s brother Aaron, as the High Priest. Behind him is the Arc of the Covenant:
Raziel presenting his book, in the form of a large gem, to the Lovers, Adam and Eve:
The Merkavah, God’s Chariot:
The Queen of Sheba as Strength:
Moses, as the Hermit, sees the Burning Bush:
The Wheel of Fortune is the divinatory breastplate of the High Priest carried by the angels of the winds:
The Shekinah is Justice:
Sheinhazai as the Hanged Man:
Moses surrenders to Death:
Eve and Adam, as Temperance, mix Fire and Water:
Ashmadai, the Devil:
The destruction of the Temple for the Tower:
Estara as the Star:
Samael and Lilith guard the path on the Moon:
The Broken Vessel and the first beings for the Sun:
The Lovers, Yahwey and Shekinah, unite on the Judgement card:
The Lovers are united and rise into the light on the World.
There are two extra trumps, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of life:
The back features the talisman of Raziel and a Burning Serpent:
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