Friday, 2 May 2014

Neuzeit Tarot Overview

This deck, the "New Age" (Neuzeit) Tarot (AGMüller, 1982), is quite busy.  I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the sometimes ugly artwork.  As for the LWB, it has some pretty unusual takes on the cards.  Still, I like it for the different perspective it offers.

For example, the Hermit is an interesting card.  There are several paths offered up to the his light, with what looks like tree roots behind him - maybe an intricate interlacing of potentials?  There is also an Esher-esque staircase off to one side, and a strange little dragon-creature at his feet, as well as an all-seeing eye floating above him.  Plenty of symbolism to suggest exploring inner paths, looking deeper, and gaining insight.

As for the unusual LWB offerings, a case in point is the Knight of Pentacles.  The "meaning in a reading" given is (roughly translated): "Financial support from your friends or from an institution.  Luck bei unexpected deals and trips."  Quite limited, but the card does offer quite a bit more: someone who works with money, deals with contracts and ledgers, feels pretty confident with finances, perhaps undeservedly (banking crisis, anyone?).

The Ace of Swords shows more of the bizarre, smiley faces we saw on Monday, this time in the sun and moon shining to either side of the upright sword.  I see it saying that the truth remains the same, no matter from which perspective we see it.

Another highly non-traditional card in the Six of Cups, with its grinning jester.  He holds a mirror over three cups, doubling their number and showing their contents: a wand, a pentacle and a sword.  So many possibiliies spring to mind.  Reflections of the past reminding us of our resources is one that would jibe with tradition.  Yet, there is also the need for a change in perspective; playing the fool; deception; poking fun at our own or other's emotions...

Definitely an interesting deck, then.


  1. Isn't it fresh looking though? A tarot friend of mine passed on her copy of this deck to me around 2003 or so. I don't use it often but it's so quirky and delightful I can't help smiling when I see it.

    I often call the Ace of Swords the "Reach" card--the mind reaching high. In this it's almost like it was cutting through the division, the polarity of day and night, which echoes what you see.

    That looks like a red clover on the right--I never noticed that before--don't you find that happens sometimes when you scan something in and see it large on a computer screen--details pop out?

    1. It's funny, in some ways it seems very 80's, and yet that is also very relevant to now. Or maybe we're just showing our age ;)

      I hadn't noticed the red clover, either. It's true that scans bring out different aspects :)