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Each card of the Minoan Tarot is based upon an original work of the painters, sculptors, jewelers and potters who lived thousands of years ago. Unlike their contemporaries in Egypt or Babylonia, the Bronze Age people of Crete did not exalt kingship, war nor death, nor conceive of a vast distance between Gods and humanity. Instead these people celebrated the presence of the Goddess, the beauty of the natural world, and their own sexuality and creativity. The Minoan Tarot describes a lively, peaceful, sacred, and technologically advanced society, that is no fantasy but is part of our true history.

Major Arcana

1 Magician Priestess 8 Strength 11 Balance Justice

12 Hanging Woman 15 Ecstasy Devil 21 World Tree

Many of the archetypes of the Major Arcana become more playful, more present, and more sacred in the Minoan Tarot, and the cards are renamed in keeping with their culture. For example: with images of evil, oppression, or addiction unavailable in surviving Minoan art, the Devil card becomes a priestess lost in Ecstasy. The success of individuals are not glorified but the eternal sacred story, so the Empress and Emperor become the Goddess and the God.

Minor Arcana

Earth Three Earth Nine

Sea Ace Sea Nine

Sky Three Sky Seven

Art Ace Art Five

The suits of Earth, Sea, Sky, and Art illustrate the great powers present in the lives of the Minoans. Earth shows children of the Mountain Mother, Sea for companions of Ocean Father, Sky for the Lady of Heaven, and Art for their own expressions of humanity.

Earth Worker Earth Priestess

Sea Priestess Sea Master

Sky Master Sky Mistress

Art Master Art Mistress

The court cards are renamed Worker, Priestess, Master, and Mistress. The Worker relates with the energy of the suit in a physical and practical way. The Priestess expresses spiritual direction and action. The Master and the Mistress cards are aspects of the God and Goddess as represented in the realms of Earth, Sea, Sky, and Art.

From the Companion Booklet

VII Chariot

7 Chariot

On a painted stone sarcophagus from the New Palace Period, the Goddess drives a chariot drawn by griffins. With the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle, the sovereign of beasts and the sovereign of birds together, griffins are especially powerful and majestic creatures, as they harness the powers of both Earth and Heaven. Yet the Goddess does not strain to hold the reins on the magical beasts. Her control is effortless. The griffins await her will.

The earliest and most enduring land transport on mountainous Crete was an ox-drawn wagon with solid wheels and no separate front axle. But the Mistress of the Chariot drives the latest and swiftest of vehicles, the "war chariot" with spoke wheels. With this power under her direction she may go wherever she likes, and pause along her way when she wishes. She embodies freedom. The Lady of the Chariot challenges one to take command of the journey.

Messages from the Chariot
Confidence brings progress and progress reward.
Harness your most noble aspiration with your most passionate dream.
Worry less about how you get there, but know absolutely what you strive for.


The Minoan Tarot is dedicated to Ellen's husband, Lou Lorenzi-Prince, who provided not only the idea but the support needed to bring it into being.


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