Golden Tarot of the Tsar

[Moon] [6 of Swords] The Golden Tarot of the Tsar is based on the sacred art of the Orthodox churches of Eastern Europe, especially Byzantine Russia. Bulgarian painter A. A. Atanassov was inspired by a love of this tradition. He adapted the tarot to the icons "by associating the traditional meaning of each card to a biblical subject or the portrait of a saint." The Moon shows the Ascension and the Six of Swords features Jesus with the fishermen of Gennesaret. Each icon is reproduced on a luminous, gold metallic background. The card borders are red with the card number and name in five languages on the left. The numbered suit cards show the icon image in the center with the suit symbols on the outside. The brief instruction booklet identifies the scene with a few meanings, but not the artistic source. Atanassov is also the creator of the Bosch Tarot and Visconti Tarot decks. The Golden Tarot of the Tsar is produced by Lo Scarabeo in Italy, but is distributed in the US by Llewellyn.

Number of Cards Size Copyright Card Back Design
22 major/56 minor
2 5/8" x 4 3/4" 2002 [back design]
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Language of Card Titles: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German

Also Included: instruction booklets (14 pages) in English and Spanish, title card, publisher card

Major Arcana:
Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant,
Lovers, Chariot, Strength (card 11), Hermit, Wheel, Justice (card 8),
Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower,
Stars, Moon, Sun, Judgement, World

Suit Names: Wands, Chalices (Cups), Swords, Pentacles

Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, Knave (Page)


[Knight of Pentacles] [Empress] [5 of Cups]


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