The Rosetta Tarot started with the intention to create a tarot that could be described as the love-child of the Thoth tarot and the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot decks. As it evolved, the genes of the Thoth tarot parent proved dominant. It became Thoth-based and inspired, though the less abstract and more illustrative style reflects traces of an RWS bloodline. Like its tarot ancestors, it has a Golden Dawn heritage, based on the descriptions of the cards in Book T, and following the Golden Dawn color scales. Though there are many tarot decks to choose from, there are few true occult themed decks and fewer still Golden Dawn and Thoth based decks available. This deck aspires to offer a deck in that tradition with both potent symbolism and inspiring artwork. For those who already love the Thoth deck, using this deck for side by side card meditations may allow new facets of that deck to be revealed. Those who have resisted the Thoth and the Golden Dawn decks for differing reasons may find this deck an attractive alternative, or a user-friendly introduction to the Thoth system.
Seshet in Egyptian mythology is the lesser known feminine counterpart to Thoth, called "The Mistress of the House of Books". As the tarot is a "book of houses" it semed fitting for her to have a tarot deck in the tradition of the Book of Thoth, and so was born the Book of Seshet and the Rosetta Tarot.
Tarot as a Universal language and the Rosetta stone
A “Rosetta” is often an alternate word for key or decoder, referring to the Rosetta Stone, a fragment of an ancient Egyptian granite stele discovered in Rashid (Rosetta) and dating to 196 BC. The slab is inscribed with three identical scripts in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic text (a pre-Coptic script), and Ancient Greek and proved to be the key to decoding the previously unknown Egyptian hieroglyphs. In the same way that the Rosetta stone ties together the languages of these cultures, the Rosetta Tarot weaves Egyptian symbolism and Greek mythologies with alchemical symbolism.
As Tarot is a language, and the Rosetta stone is a key or decoder of language, the Rosetta Tarot may unlock the doors of the houses and reveal secrets of the Tarot hidden in plain sight. Tarot is a language that allows the subconscious mind to be consciously accessed, and potentialities in embryonic form to be seen and pondered, and perhaps positively affected. It is a potent tool for meditation and self discovery; a mirror of the soul. Tarot can be considered a hieroglyphic, symbolic, and pictorial language so flexible as to be able to contain the known universe and all combinations of manifestations both earthly and spiritual, tangible and intangible.
Let the Fool's Journey begin...for more personal info on the creation process for this deck, please see the series of posts on the blog at http://blog.rosettatarot.com/
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