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Taro deck vy carol Herzer

a tarot deck by Carol Herzer

Shamanic, powerful, primal images! Taro is Carol's very first tarot, created as a black and white print, an etching, created in March of 1969.  Shown here are painted cards from a print that was cut apart and made into a deck. Carol decided later to re-draw the images and develop the concepts further, resulting in the Cosmo Astrotaro. Copies of TARO are available, details given below.

Laminated full color laser copies

Small booklet in English

Beautiful lined fabric pouch

 22  cards

Size:  5 3/16 x 2 3/4

Price: $42

How this deck was created: see below.

Download out Taro screensaver: Taro.exe


Taro 1 Taro 3 Taro 11 Taro 12


All of the cards: click on start button for slide show; or click arrows for manual control:



How this deck was created

This is where it all started. It is the very first Tarot I made, in March of 1969 a real etching done in a print making class during my final semester at the UW in Seattle, finishing up my degree. Little did I know how significant it would be to a major direction of my life work. The images were created over a period of weeks, each time I went into a class I made a couple more cards. I decided to keep the imagery very simple, and somehow incorporate designs that spoke of the numbers as well as the essence of the card's meaning. The only tarots I had to influence me were my Albano Waite and a black and white Egyptian style deck. But my own language of imagery was what prevailed and that was evolving in my paintings of that period. I made less than a dozen prints with that etching plate, (which I still have in good condition) and I took a few sets and made them into cards, which I painted with acrylics. These I had with me later in 1970, when I found myself in Woodstock, on Byrdcliffe, a place filled with magic, there I decided to re-draw the images and develop the concepts further. I was living at the home of an astrologer, and the deck was to evolve into the Cosmo Astrotaro. One of the three sets is unfinished, another was shown in a gallery (Zingale) on Madison Avenue (pre-Soho days) in New York City a long time ago, and I never got it back, it has disappeared, but I hope somebody has it, I would love to see it again.