The Tamary Tarot

       of Ancient Egypt

Ramona Louise Wheeler

Tamary is Egyptian for “Beloved Land/Land of Love,” a name Egyptians used for their world of the Nile River. The focus of the Tamary Tarot is centered in the faith, art and mythology of ancient Egypt. The system and organization are based on the teaching of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, together with a lifetime of study in ancient Egyptian literature and art, unraveling the mystery of their complex use of metaphor. Their understanding of human nature was profound, and I have tried to share that human wisdom using the structure and purpose of the Tarot cards.

​The Tamary Tarot is used in the same fashion and for the same purpose as the traditional deck, but the images and ideas are entirely ancient Egyptian. The modern Tarot is organized around fifteenth century beliefs of medieval Italy, reflecting the spiritual conflict between pagan and Christian cultures in Europe after the fall of the Roman empire. The heart and mind of ancient Egypt provide the artwork and themes of my Tamary deck, reflecting the essential Egyptian view that life is good and being you is important.

In the Tamary deck, you will not find the emperor, tower, death, fool or magician cards, nor the wands, coins, cups and swords suits. Instead, you will find Rae, Horus, Thoth, Osiris, Isis and so forth. The suits are ancient amulets: ankhs, djeds and serpent coils, etc.

Like the modern Tarot, the Tamary deck is grouped as Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. In the Tamary, however, the Major Arcana is further divided into the Great Paut, the Small Paut and the Seasons, for a total of 32 Major Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana of the Tamary is divided into seven amulet suits: scarabs, watch it eyes, serpent coils, djeds, ankhs, hearts and pentacles. Each suit has seven cards: queen, pharaoh, prince, zero, ace, three and nine, for a total of 49 cards. There are 81 cards altogether in the Tamary deck.

The metaphors and myths of our modern world are changing so fast that, by contrast, the five-thousand years of ancient Egypt reflect an unchanging human reality. The Tamary is a self-generated road map for the journey of your life and a treasure map for finding the gold and steel of your true personality. Consulting the Tamary asks directions from a trustworthy stranger and your own unconscious is that stranger. Reading the cards is an exercise of the mind, bringing conscious and unconscious elements together in conversation in order to find a working arrangement for solving your personal problems.

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