About the Author
Davide Corsi is an illustrator based in Italy.
Ghosts haunt the familiar Rider Waite Smith images, taking the
cards and our experience of the cards to a world between worlds.
Even though they are, at least in one way, dead, they bring new
life to the cards, expanding and deepening our understanding.
Ghosts are, as a symbol, every bit as evocative, universal, and
personal as any other symbol. We have some shared ideas about
ghosts, but nothing definitive. We bring our own experiences and
thoughts to the idea of ghosts. For those who believe in the unseen
world around us, a population that includes many tarot readers,
ghosts hover between worlds, connecting the past with the present.
In this deck, they are poignant reminders that our actions in the
present will create the memories, as well as the experiences, of
It would be easy to create a purely novelty-type deck, with
ghosts standing in for humans in the familiar Rider Waite Smith
images. Even such a deck can be a treasure, bringing something new
to readings. Even familiar images, when presented in a different
artistic style, can reveal new ideas and revelations. And while the
Ghost Tarot is certainly easily usable by anyone familiar
with the RWS deck, it goes a little further, bringing something new
to the images. They are deep and sweet and sad and inspiring.
I was so taken by the images, lost in their stories, that I was
a bit surprised when I consulted the booklet with the deck. There
seemed to be such an opportunity here, but the text lacks anything
close to the beauty of the deck. Trust me, you won't even need it.
The images bring their own words to mind. They are quite capable of
telling their own stories.
Going through the deck to pick a few to talk about here, the
pile got so large that I had to stop. I'll write about some, but
there are many more wonderful images in the deck. Sometimes the
Minor cards get short shrift in decks or in reviews, so here I will
reverse that and leave the Majors for now, which are, don't get me
wrong, every bit as powerful.
- 6 of Pentacles
The image shows an old man under a full moon kneeling behind and
holding a gravestone with a set of balances carved on it. He looks
like his heart is breaking. Behind him two ghosts, a young man and
a young woman, embrace and kiss. Who are they? Did he let the love
of his life slip away? I fancy that he was a workaholic and
neglected her, so she left to be with someone else. She is gone
now, and here he is in old age, alone. The 6 of Pentacles is about
making choices about how to divvy up your resources. Who gets what
and when? He made a choice to give his time and his heart to work,
and clearly not enough to love. Well, that's the way I see it. I
can't wait to hear what stories others see in it.
- 3 of Pentacles
A woman is blind-folded, bloody bandages around her wrists,
kneeling in front of a flower pot with a small plant in it. She is
holding something that looks kind of like a loaf of bread over the
flower pot, only it is dripping something into it. I have no idea
what it is meant to be, but I have the idea of squeezing blood from
a stone...trying to nurture this plant but you have nothing left to
give. Behind her, a ghostly figure chisels away at the Cathedral,
finishing the sculpture. I've always thought that the 3 of
Pentacles referred to the three aspects of self that participate to
create something beautiful: the creative/intuitive (for the
inspiration, the idea), the analytical (to plan how to make it),
and the physical skills (in order to manifest it). This card in the
Ghost Tarot brings to mind someone who has lost her focus,
who feels she has nothing left to give her work. But if she just
stop fussing about what she cannot do, she can see what glorious
work that she can do.
- 6 of Cups
Here we have the familiar image of a young boy giving a young girl
a cup of flowers, only here, the boy is a ghost. Doesn't that work
in nicely for the idea of this card as "nostalgia?" I hear so many
readers speak of this card in that way. While lovely memories are a
wonderful thing, when they come up in readings, it is usually
because they are something more than just a healthy, wonderful
memory, but a tie to the past, one that keeps you in the past in
some way. This card, this image, reminds us that while memories are
nice, we are humans and must live in the present.
- 9 of Cups
A ghostly woman holding a bouquet of flowers sits before the
curved, draped table that we've seen in other versions of this
card. Before her stands a man, hand extended, slightly bowing, as
if to ask her to dance. This card breaks my heart. He is, as the 9
of Cups often indicates, completely satisfied...completely
satisfied to keep his heart safe in a past that filled him but that
leads to a future that can never be.
I'm sure you don't want to be influenced by all my stories of
the cards. You'll want to experience them fresh, for yourself. You
won't be sorry.
Name of deck: Ghost Tarot
Reviewer's Byline: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Creator's name: Davide Corsi
Artist's name: Davide Corsi
Name of accompanying book/booklet: Ghost
Number of pages of book/booklet: 61, 16 in
Author of book/booklet: Pierluca Zizzi
Reading Uses: General
Artistic Style: Computer-generated art
Tarot, Divination Deck, Other: Tarot
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?:
Does it have extra cards? If yes, what are they?: