Tarocco Indovino!

January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve just added scans for the Tarocco Indovino. This is an unusual little deck, full of quirks and inscrutable expressions. The characters are simultaneously charming and a little bit scary, and the illustrations are intriguing and colourful, although a little bit drab in places. If that all sounds contradictory, then you’re starting to get an idea of what this deck is like.

‘Indovino’, apparently, is Italian for fortune-teller or sooth-sayer. The name fits the deck, as the Italian keywords (both upright and reversed) on each card lean towards the prophetic with, for example, Eredità (inheritance) on the 5 of Cups. Actually, calling it the 5 of Cups is wrong. I should say 5 of Hearts, as there are no suit names – only playing card symbols printed in the corner of each card. Finally, there are two extra cards – La Consultanta and Il Consultante – which can be used as significator cards.

If you’re put off by all of this, then the Tarocco Indovino probably isn’t for you. However, if you like the challenge of picking up a deck without a clue how to read it, then the Indovino is worth a look. And when all’s said and done, it IS a tarot deck – it does have 22 majors, and four minor suits and four court cards – and the major arcana is certainly recognizable to anyone who’s seen a Rider Waite before. It’s just a very individual tarot deck – with a personality that’s as eccentric as its King of Spades.


Order the Tarocco Indovino from Tarot Chest
Images copyright Dal Negro

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