The Spirit is neither born nor does it die at any time. It does not comer into being, or cease to exist. It is unborn, eternal, permanent and primeval. The Spirit is not destroyed when the body is destroyed.
The concept of Reincarnation - the idea that a vital principle can survive the death of the organism and "transmigrate" into other carnations, other bodies - although it has recently become popular again in neo-pagan and new age circles, has its origins in ancient times. The idea of Reincarnation, or metempsychosis (a compound word deriving from Greek: metem = transfer and psychosis = soul) is formulated in the doctrines of various religions and philosophical beliefs, such as Orphism, Pythagoreanism and Platonism. Even the first Christians believed in a sort of reincarnation, an idea rejected later by the Church, which imposed the dogma of divine judgement of the soul, destined for Heaven or Hell.
Without getting caught up in the thousands of historical and religious interpretations of reincarnation, we can realize that the idea of a transmigration of souls from one body to another, from one experience of incarnation to another, on this earth, is an archetypal concept deeply rooted in our psyches. This is because, in terms of the evolution of species, we are repositories of the experiences of thousands of organisms that came before us which, at a certain level, still live in the profound unconscious of our soul.
The Reincarnation Tarot is an oracular system that uses certain animals and plants from natural history as symbolic reference.
There aren't any specimens hierarchically superior to another in this deck's cards, which purposely do not follow the Darwinism concept of evolution culminating in man.
The Reincarnation Tarot is a mirror that we can use to look inward and communicate with our "inner animals", all of those psychic forms produced by millennia of evolution that still live inside of us.
Graphics by Pietro Alligo
Instructions by Missimiliano Filadoro
2007, Lo Scarabeo, Torino, Italy