The New Age Tarot by Walter Wegmüller

Written by  on November 19, 2015 

The New Age Tarot also known as Neuzeit Tarot by Walter Wegmüller is a very trippy and vivid Tarot deck. Wegmüller grew up within the Rom Gipsy culture of Switzerland, where he was shown his first Tarot deck. His card descriptions and interpretations, brief as they are, seem to be a mix of profound Tarot concepts and trivial folk divination.
Though the cards are average in size, they are surprisingly detailed. The Trumps, each have their own border drawn into the design. There are also minuscule symbols and ornaments strewn throughout the deck. The Ace of Cups has a tiny Tree of Life towards the bottom, surrounded by numbers and the twelve zodiac symbols. The Three of Coins shows elaborate ornamentation as well as labyrinth, planet and zodiacal symbols, chemical diagrams and equations, symbols from alchemy, Tibet, Native America, and icons of modern culture. The whole deck has a lively, tribal feeling. Wegmüller introduces the trumps as “a cosmic record of the traditions and life experiences of our forebears as well as of human evolution as a whole”. His Wheel of Fortune shows us this vessel of life sailing on the sea of our past, our experiences, and our subconscious. He describes it as the power of Destiny which faithfully leads us through life’s labyrinths. The Moon itself is the reservoir of our subconscious forces. He sees Trump XVIII as a regulator for these primal powers, sometimes our protector and sometimes giving rise to fears. The World card reads “The World encompasses everything: body, earth, food, abode, existence. It is the primal mother, echo and stage of life. The Roms say that the life of each one of us is reflected in the way we treat the earth. The World also represents all possible occupations, as expressed in the changing seasons and their colors. The World is our cradle and our tomb.”

Name: Neuzeit Tarot
Alternate Names: New Age Tarot
Creators: Walter Wegmüller
Publisher: AGM Müller 1982
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Mixed
Minor Arcana Style: Unique Scenes With Suit Symbols
Suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

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