Renaissance TarotThe World, the final card for the Major Arcana, portrays a nude female figure who holds a large circular garland, symbolizing the completeness and fertility of the world. In the distance, the hilltop city ringed by cliffs, much like Orvieto, extends the metaphor of The World to the Renaissance city-state and to the city of God. In the four corners are the symbols of the four evangelists: (From top right, counterclockwise) the winged bull Luke, the winged lion Mark, the eagle John, and the winged man Matthew. The four represent the dispensation in the new world of Christian tradition: the forgiveness of sins through the sacrifice of Christ. They are also the figures of the vision of Ezekiel, representing the four archangels who support the creator in glory. Lastly, they are the symbols of the four fixed signs of pagan astrology: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius; respectively forming the Cross of Matter, the foundation and armature of the universe.
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!