About the Tarot of Delphi
The Tarot of Delphi is a full 78-card tarot deck curated with fine art. The deck includes an additional tarot card and a title card for a total of 80 cards. The cards and 66-page booklet are packed in a high quality gift box with a lift-off lid.
The tarot cards are illustrated with fine art paintings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. All the subjects are Neoclassical, providing a consistent artistic look and Greco-Roman theme. The styles of art include Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Aesthetic, Academic, and of course Neoclassical.
These Greco-Roman images show historical figures and events (the Oracle of Delphi, Cleopatra, Roman emperors and empresses, as well as festivals and scenes from daily life), legends from Greek literature (Circe, Odysseus, Medea, Orpheus, Hercules, Narcissus), deities (Venus, Cupid, Selene, Demeter, Persephone), and mythological creatures (sirens, hamadryads, nymphs).
Victorian and Edwardian artists created these paintings between 1838 and 1913. While the artworks are of Neoclassical subjects, the artist styles include Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Aesthetic, and Academic as well as Neoclassical. All the artists were British except for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was a British denizen.
Artists in the Tarot of Delphi:
- Lawrence Alma-Tadema
- Wright Barker
- John Collier
- Edith Ridley Corbet
- Herbert James Draper
- John William Godward
- Arthur Hacker
- Benjamin Robert Haydon
- Edward Robert Hughes
- Frederic Leighton
- Albert Joseph Moore
- Edward Poynter
- Henrietta Rae
- William Reynolds-Stephens
- William Blake Richmond
- Victor John Robertson
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- Henry Ryland
- Anthony Frederick Sandys
- Herbert Gustave Schmalz
- Annie Louisa Swynnerton
- Frank William Topham
- John William Waterhouse
- George Frederic Watts
Tarot of Delphi generally reflects the images and/or meanings of the classic Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. Variations celebrate Greco-Roman history and mythology as well as the Neoclassical Victorian art.
Title changes to several card titles celebrate the ancient world:
- Wheel of Fortune has become Threads of Fate in honor of the Moirai, or the Fates, the three sister-goddesses who measured life and meted out fortune.
- Following the legend of Orpheus (who is also depicted on The Fool) The Hanged Man is called The One Torn Asunder.
- The Devil is the temptress and wild nature-elemental The Siren.
- The Tower is The Shipwreck, more prominent and dangerous in the Classical world than medieval towers!
- The World is The Garden of the mythical Hesperides, guardian nymphs of the evening. The image has a round frame, echoing The World, and depicts the peaceful edge-of-the-world garden of the the ancients.
- The Page is titled the Devotee to reflect spiritual practice as a foundation of all aspects of life as well as the prominence of religious ritual in the Ancient World.
- The next face card is the Artisan, a nod the the artist and craftsperson as a sacred archetype and an acknowledgement of the prominent role the arts played in the Ancient World.
- The Knight and the King are combined in the Hero.
- The Queen is the Enchantress. Both the Hero and the Enchantress are powerful and prominent archetypes of ancient literature and legend.
- The Fool is “unnumbered” (not given the designation “0”), because the Greeks did not use the concept of zero in numbering until later periods.
- Strength is in the 8th place, and Justice is in the 11th, because both depict Circe. This order follows the chronology of Circe’s story: First she welcomes her guests (Strength), and then she tests Odysseus (Justice).
J. D. Hildegard Hinkel became obsessed with Victorian and Edwardian art in 2011 and decided to return to an earlier career in publishing to produce the Tarot of Delphi. Janet also drew on her upbringing in western metaphysics and her studies of eastern meditation, yoga, tarot, and symbolism that begin in the 1990s. Her formal education is in political economy (The Evergreen State College, 1997) and public health (State University of New York at Buffalo, 2009). She has worked in nonprofits, academia, the media, and community health.