The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus is based on the mysterious tarot-like drawings believed to have been created by Nostradamus, and only rediscovered in 1994. John Matthews of the Grail Tarot and Wil Kinghan of the Shaman’s Oracle worked together to create this original 78-card deck.This deck is published by Tuttle Publishing. The cards measure 2.75 x 4.75 inches and the backs are reversible.
The artwork for this deck is composed of images from The Lost Book of Nostradamus. Kinghan explains that since it was not possible to use high quality photos of the original illustrations, he recreated them digitally. Being faithful to the original material was an immense undertaking and Kinghan accomplished this with respect, sensitivity, and care. The art feels antiquated and appears as though it was extracted from an esoteric text. The mood that this deck evokes is delightfully mysterious and cryptic.
The Majors and each of the suits have a different border, and this appears slightly more computer generated and polished than the illustrations themselves. If you are not a fan of large borders this may be a turnoff for you. However, the borders for this deck are meant to frame the images, and they are useful for identifying the card. The imagery in this deck is very nontraditional; therefore the numbering, suit symbols, and colors incorporated into the borders are a welcome addition.
More About These Cards
Name: Lost Tarot of Nostradamus
Creators: John Matthews, Wil Kinghan
Publisher: Connections 2012
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Card Language: English
Companion Material: 160-page companion book.