Renaissance TarotThe moon fills the sky above a pair of music-making maidens. The goddess Artemis (Diana) and a hunting dog and stag border the card. The stag represents Actaeon, a youth who accidentally looked on Artemis bathing. He was punished by being transformed into a stag and then devoured by his own dogs. The story illustrates Artemis's role as protector of unmarried girls. She was also patroness of childbirth. A circular temple, symbol of feminine completion, stands in the distance. In this card, Artemis not only subsumes not only Selene, the older lunar goddess, but also Hecate, the terrifying deity of night, black magic and crossroads.
The Renaissance Tarot is a modern deck, with symbolism drawn from the heroic age and rendered in renaissance style. This deck is an excellent choice for exploring questions of passion, mastery, and the inner workings of human reason. If you would like your own copy of the Renaissance Tarot, you can buy it now!