Tarot of the Witches
From the back of the box:
Authentic 78-card tarot deck in full color complete with 22 Major Arcana and 56 minor Arcana cards
Ideal for tarot card readings in covens and private meetings by Witches, Warlocks and followers of the occult
Complete with Instruction Booklet by Stuart R. Kaplan, America’s Leading Tarot Authority
‘Witchcraft is the practice of natural and supernatural acts including evil power. In ancient times, the supernatural power of the witch was not always evil, but often was used for the power of prophecy. One of the most famous ancient witches was the Witch of Endon who lived in Palestine. The bible tells us that Saul, the first King of the Hebrews, consulted her before the battle with the Philistines. (I Sam. 28:7).’
- Page 1 of the instruction booklet
The colourful and almost surrealistic images on the cards were painted by Fergus Hall (1947, Paisly, Scotland).
Taking the above-mentioned information in consideration, it is not surprising that the Tarot of the Witches deck featured in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. This famous movie, co-produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, is a United Artists release based upon Ian Fleming’s thriller and starring Roger Moore as James Bond.
The sequence of the cards does not follow the changes introduced by Arthur Edward Waite. Thus, card VIII is Justice and Strength is on number XI.
The deck shown on this website is 44 years old. The box is in a relative fair condition. All cards are present and show no damage. Only the Ace of Coins has some text loss on the title.
The Tarot of the Witches will always be remembered as the ‘James Bond Tarot’, but has been of great importance in promoting Tarot. That in itself is an unique achievement for a deck of cards.
Issued by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in cooperation with AGMuller & Cie’, Switzerland. Copyright © 1974 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.