Designed and written by J.D. Hildegard Hinkel
The Tarot of Delphi is a stunningly beautiful tarot deck illustrated with original masterpieces from Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic, Symbolist, and other Victorian and Edwardian artists. Each exquisite card echoes to Ancient Greece and Rome.
This fine art tarot deck invites interpretations like viewing paintings in a museum, making it accessible for beginners. Experienced readers find new depths to explore, as well, in the powerful, artistic visions of the Delphi Oracle and the Ancient Mysteries.
Like the ancient Delphic Oracle, the Tarot of Delphi leads to deep insight. The art, inspired by Classical mythology, reverberates with epic desire, seeking, and transcendence.
The Tarot of Delphi is a full 78-card deck illustrated with fine Victorian and Edwardian art. An additional Empress card and a title card bring the total number of cards to 80. The cards and 66-page companion booklet are packed in a high quality gift box.
|Dimensions||5.625 x 3.625 x 1.75 in|
New (shrink wrapped), Like New (no shrink wrapping)
What people are saying...
I received the deck today and I am in love!!! It's absolutely stunning, I'm so excited to get to know it. Thank you so much, it's an art lover's dream!
I just received my Tarot of Delphi deck and wanted to thank you for a lovely product. While I love the art, I thought I should tell you that I think your included booklet was very well done.
There was lots of swooning as I was sorting the deck. It's so much more beautiful than I could have imagined.
The art you have chosen for the cards is gorgeous and appropriate. (Goddesses must have whispered in your ears..). And so many of my favorite artists like Leighton, Waterhouse and their ilk all there. The card stock is top notch.
Just wanted to say how beautiful [the deck] is and how much I am going to enjoy working with it. The production is fabulous and the insights in the booklet are thoughtful and inspirational.
I have 350 + decks, and this one is my favorite!!!! This one will be my working deck!!! If you were to ask me which card is my favorite....I would say ALL OF THEM!
Full Tarot Deck
78 illustrated cards:
- 22 trumps
- 40 numbered cards
- 16 face cards
Plus 2 additional cards:
- 1 additional, alternate Empress card
- 1 title card with list of artists
- High quality, coated card stock
- Vibrant, beautifully printed images
- 3.07 x 5.04 inches (7.8 x 12.8 cm)
- Narrative descriptions for each card
- Keywords for quick reference
- Listing of each artwork
- Information about tarot and the artwork
- Wood-free paper
- 66 numbered pages
Protective Gift Box
- Quality, full-color box
- Sturdy, long-lasting
- Lift-off lid
- Cards and booklet fit neatly
- Protect the cards or use box to hold sacred objects like crystals and stones
Artists in the Tarot of Delphi
Two dozen Victorian and Edwardian artists created the 80 paintings in the Tarot of Delphi between 1838 and 1913. Artist styles include Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Aesthetic, Academic, and Neoclassical.
- 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
The artists are British, except for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was from the Netherlands and became a British denizen.
A Neoclassical Victorian Tarot Deck
Exploring the deck reveals motifs from Greek and Roman art, history, and legend as well as teachings from the Ancient Mysteries, including:
- Scenes from daily life
- Leaders and rebels of the Roman Empire
- Gods and Goddesses
- Mythological creatures and nature spirits
- Secrets from the Dionysian, Orphic, and Eleusinian Mysteries
- Epic tales from Greek theater
- Characters and stories from the Classics, including Homeric Hymns, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Metamorphoses
The images in the deck circle around Classical mythology and the Ancient world, providing a consistent artistic look and Neoclassical theme.
Changes to the titles of several cards celebrate the Ancient world:
- Threads of Fate (Wheel of Fortune) ~ In honor of the Moirai, or the Fates, the sister-goddesses who mete out fortune, life, and change.
- The One Torn Asunder (The Hanged Man) ~ Following the legend of Orpheus, who is also The Fool, and the Orphic Mysteries he inspired.
- The Siren (The Devil) ~ Symbol of temptation and wild, elemental nature.
- The Shipwreck (The Tower) ~ The sea was more prominent and dangerous in the Classical world than medieval towers, so the painting depicts the wreckage of a ship rather than a tower.
- The Garden (The World) ~ The peaceful, edge-of-the-world garden of the Hesperides, guardian nymphs of the evening. The card’s image has a round frame, echoing the circular imagery on the traditional tarot card, The World.
- Devotee ~ Roughly equivalent to the traditional tarot Page, the Devotee reflects devotion to what the suit represents.
- Artisan ~ A nod to the artist and craftsperson as a sacred archetype, the Artisan represents the ability to use a suit’s qualities in practical and productive ways.
- Hero ~ A combination of the tarot Knight and King, the Hero is the energetic, living expression of each suit.
- Enchantress ~ Similar to the Queen in most tarot decks, the Enchantress is the internalization of each suit. Taking it beyond the traditional, the Enchantress consciously applies those lessons to manifest desired outcomes.
- The Fool is “unnumbered” (not given the designation “0”), because the Greeks did not use the concept of zero in numbering until later periods.
- As in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, Strength is in the 8th place, and Justice is in the 11th. The order of these two cards follows the chronology of the Odyssey: First, Circe fearlessly faces her uninvited guests (Strength), and then she tests Odysseus to judge his worthiness (Justice).
The Tarot of Delphi is based in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot tradition. The imagery is inspired by Pamela Colman Smith’s illustrations, and meanings largely reflect Arthur Edward Waite’s interpretations.
The artists featured in the Tarot of Delphi lived in the same time and place as the creators of the iconic Rider-Waite-Smith deck. They frequented the streets of London during the Victorian and Edwardian Eras, were steeped in the same cultural mores, and observed the same changes in artistic trends and global events.
Arthur Edward Waite’s explorations in mysticism touched on many of the same issues his contemporaries wrestled with in their art. Perhaps most strikingly, similarities appear between some of Pamela Colman Smith’s tarot illustrations and paintings in the Tarot of Delphi (i.e., 5 of Cups, Hero/Knight of Wands, The Empress).
J.D. Hildegard Hinkel became obsessed with Victorian and Edwardian art in 2012. She decided to return to an earlier career in publishing to produce the Tarot of Delphi. Hilde 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, higher education, community health, business and media.
Vintage and Antique Tarot Bags
Pro Reader's Digital Deck
About Aello Publishing
The Tarot of Delphi is the flagship deck of Aello Publishing. Aello is a new, small, tarot publisher dedicated to creating high-quality products using fine art and illustration. Tarot of Delphi author J.D. Hildegard Hinkel is the founder of Aello.