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This deck is overpowering, intense, complex, symbol city, the systems are totally endless. This deck goes on and on, there is no end to it. The Cards them selves are like a tunnel that doesn't end. Like a worm hole. I have found that some tarot lovers keep the the deck stored and only bring it out of the closet once in a blue moon, due to that it is too busy for them to read from. If your one of these people please join the study group.

To understand each card one must look at them differently than other cards from different decks. This was my first step. This deck has a strange way of communicating to it's reader, I have tried this strange method on friends, family, and strangers. to see the results.

With success!

IronSides's Method for reading the Medieval Scapini Tarot Deck.

I have been inspired for many years by Mary K. Greer's books, that through her personal wisdom has taught me so much more with understanding the Tarot. These are Mary K, Greer's books that have help me decode Scapini's symbols, 21 ways to Read a Tarot - Step 13, pg 129; Tarot Reversals - Traditional meanings that help me put keywords to the symbols. Tarot for yourself - helped me work through reader block, which guided me to finding my method on how to read the cards, simple and easy. Without these books over the past 7 yrs I would have been lost to ever understanding or ability to even read this deck. I strongly feel that Mary k. Greer deserves some credit here, and that I will give her. you will find that I will be posting quotes through out this blog from her books for reference only to help you understand the Scapini's deck.

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Understanding Scapini's Color Symbols

Scapini uses these color symbols/meanings through out his deck.

Art and Arcana
by Ronald Decker
Wirth was one of several tarotists in Paris who worked with the Tarot de Marseille and, in the 1920's, had a particular interest in color symbolism. Wirth presents the following choices in a diagram

The Astral Light

Red = Spirit
Yellow = body
Blue = Soul
Green = Bodily soul
Purple = Spiritual Soul
Orange = Bodily Spirit

Art and Arcana
by Ronald Decker
These meaning descend from Chaldean astrology and Egyptian alchemy. Both figure prominently in Wirth's book.

Purple = assigned to majestic Jupiter - made the patron of Christianity (Wirth's "Spiritual Soul").

Blue = Mercury - the guide of departed souls (Wirth's Soul).

Green = Venus - sacred - patroness of fertility.

Art and Arcana
 by Ronald Decker
further choices refer to the colors of the given planets

Golden = Sun - intellectual perfection
Siver = Moon - Moral perfection
Reddish = Mars
Black = Saturn

White = purity
Black = death, mystery, delusion, conspiracy

Art and Arcana
 by Ronald Decker
Wirth consistently used his color symbolism in his trumps. Luigi Scapini is equally faithful to Wirth's preferences. Scapini makes ingenious use of all three authors - Wirth, Levi, and Papus.
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