This new Hieronymus Bosch Tarot deck of cards is a garden of earthly delights

Las Vegas-based publishing company Bloodstone Studios has released a new tarot card set featuring the famous fantasy artwork of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. She’s kind of a nightmare, stunningly beautiful, and surprisingly gorgeous in general:

From their web store:

Hieronymus Bosch actually lived and worked around the same period as the original Italian Tarot floors, and like those, many of his paintings contained images drawn from famous European models of the era.

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The concept behind this deck, and what makes it so special, is the idea that Hieronymus Bosch commissioned the creation of a deck of Tarot cards for a European noble family. If Bush had created such a deck, what would he have used for Trumps of the Major Arcana and Suits of the Minor Arcana?

Bosch wasn’t alive to tell us, so I carefully searched all of his paintings to find clues and recurring esoteric symbols. This created an entirely new paradigm in the Tarot, with drastic changes not seen since Aleister Crowley’s The Book of Thoth.

Minor Arcana is divided into eight groups of seven cards each. The new suits are drawn from symbols that are repeated in all of Bosch’s paintings.

• Mulberry – Earth – abundance, fertility, harmony, joy, friendship
• Birds – Air – Movement, Travel and Personal Growth
• Skates – water and minerals – trouble, difficulties, hesitation, fun
• Swords – Metal – Skill, Ability, Conflict, Victory
• Ships – water – unbridled activity, blessings, sins and salvation
• Books – Earth and Air – Knowledge, Intelligence and Learning
• Coins – coins – business, career, success, fortune, money
• Sins – fire – human problems and desires

As of this writing, the set is on sale for $25, down from $40. You can also purchase a separate guidebook (in paperback or hardcover) that provides information about the artwork and the meaning of each card.

Hieronymus Bosch Tarot Cards

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