About the Deck:  Italian artist Luigi Scapini’s lavish paintings recreate 15th century Italy in this gold-accented tarot deck. The Major Arcana and court cards have gold backgrounds in the manner of fifteenth-century European decks. Both the Major and Minor Arcana include full scenes. In the Minors, symmetrical arrangements of the suit symbols provide composition around which the scenes are arranged.

The depth of Scapini’s art history expertise is evident in his lush settings and period costumes. Interesting details, and sometimes-humorous references, are cleverly imbedded in the artwork, with many of the cards depicting historical figures, for example, Rasputin as the Knight of Cups. Readers will easily relate to the universal situations revealed in the cards, for pleasurable and insightful readings.

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Medieval Scapini Tarot
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XII The Hanged Man

Sacrifice. Life in suspension. Transition. Change. Reversal of the mind and one’s way of life. Apathy and dullness. Boredom. Abandonment. Renunciation. Events with an uncertain outcome. The period of respite between significant events. Repentance. Readjustment. Efforts may have to be made to reach a goal, which still may not be attained. The approach of new life forces. This is the time to condition oneself for new experiences. Surrender. Lack of progress. An unappreciated person.

Reverse: Lack of sacrifice. Unwillingness to make the necessary effort. Failure to give of one’s self. Preoccupation with the ego. False prophecy. Useless sacrifice.


An honest and conscientious
person. Maturity. Wisdom. Devotion. Friendliness.
Sympathetic person. An educated gentleman. Generally
a married person. Fatherly person.

Reverse: Severity. Austerity. Somewhat excessive and exaggerated ideas. Dogmaticness.

III The Empress

Feminine progress. Action. Natural energy. Development. Fertility. Accomplishment. Interest in details of daily life. Mother. Sister. Wife. Feminine influence. Evolution. Ability to motivate others. A leader. Decisions founded on all the facts at hand. Businesswoman. Level-headedness. Practicality. Decisiveness. Intuitiveness.

Reverse: Vacillation. Inaction. Lack of interest. Lack of concentration. Delay in accomplishment or progress. Anxiety. Frittering away of resources. Loss of material possessions. Seduction. Infertility. Infidelity. Fickle love. Vanity.

Card 1

What or who is the main influencer in this situation.

Card 2
Status Quo

The existing state of affairs.

Card 3

What to expect if continued on current path.

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