The Akron Tarot is a German set with 80 cards and a large 395 companion book. The surreal Tarot scenes depart from standard imagery and emphasise the female energies. This deck is very unique in many ways. For one, the author, the same author of the Baphomet Tarot, and team of people working on the deck were hoping to create something that would stand the test of time and be completely different from any other decks out there.
They managed very well. The set includes a 395-page companion book, layout poster, and a well-made box for storage. The package is very heavy, which is why the price of the deck is a little higher than average. The book and box were designed by Antje Hellmanzik, and are works of art in themselves.
The artwork of the deck is surrealistic and symbolic, done by the well-reputed German artist S.O. Hüttengrund. It is vaguely Egyptian in places, Byzantine in others, Meso-American in some, and simply bizarre in many. The artwork is done in collage-style, but it is a little different than your average collage deck. The pictures draw the eyes straight to the center of the image rather than scattering the focus the way a lot of collage decks do. The images are dark, but the not to the extent of Akron’s usual work, and very suggestive as to the meanings of the cards. (Michelle Grooms @ aeclectic.net)
Name: Akron Tarot
Creators: S.O. Huttengrund
Publisher: Urania 2004
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 24
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Crowley Thoth
Minor Arcana Style: Pips with Small Scenes