Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The TAROT MAXIMO deck is available for purchase on my Etsy page for $45, shipping included. Each deck is professionally printed on sturdy 3.5"x5.75" cardstock and comes wrapped in cloth within a mesh envelope.   

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


  The Tarot Maximo is a project I began in May of 2011 with the intent of building a personal visionary Tarot deck. Artwork for all 78 cards was digitally created using ARTRAGE 3.5 to combine photographs and hand-painted art, the entire deck taking just over 6 months to complete.
   There are many ways to interpret the Tarot.  I did my best to closely represent the traditional archetypal imagery of the popular Rider-Waite deck so that these tools will feel familiar to anyone who has worked before with the Tarot. To strength the visual association with the imagery, I've forgone all the titles of the cards, so you will want to familiarize yourself with each card before using the deck.
   I had great fun creating this tarot deck and bonding with each card's concepts, so I hope they prove just as useful to you and your workings.
  ~ Most sincerely,     Anthony Max


I am an artist, not a writer. I wouldn't begin to know how to write a manual on the either the history of the Tarot or it's usage. That is a journey of self-discovery that I will leave to you, but I have included a brief descriptions of each card from my private notes which should aid you in deciphering the symbolism.
We'll begin with the Major Arcana-- the 22 trump cards of the deck with a rich history behind each figure. In the Tarot Maximo, each Major Arcanum symbolizes a significant experience along our Fool's quest to discover the World he inhabits.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Fool

The Fool sets off on his journey through the Tarot. He represents the start of a new adventure, but like a child, he blunders into this new world blindly and without wisdom. If not for the warnings of his barking dog (his conscience), he could easily lose his footing and his adventure would be over before it begins.

The Magician

The Magician represents the skill of mastering possibilities. He takes the desires of the Fool and transforms them into avenues of destiny, reflections of what could be. The Magician embodies inventiveness and not just creativity, but the purpose of putting creativity into action, but be warned: The Magician has no true power. He merely shows you what already lies within. But now you know his trick.

The High Priestess

The High Priestess is the female embodiment of wisdom and a complement to the trickery of the Magician. She is a teacher of history and secret knowledge. She is the Fool's intuition and instinct. Her teachings temper the many possibilities that the Magician put forth, so one would be wise to counsel her before rushing into risky situations.

The Empress

The Empress is the force of creation. She is both the spark of something new and the energy that pushes you to nurture it. The Empress is fertile with the potential to create something new by assuring abundance and love. As a mother, she will protect her child from the pitfalls he is not old enough to see, for she loves him and won't see him fail.