Tarot Card Deck Review: Golden Art Nouveau Tarot By Giulia F. Massaglia

Looking for a visually stunning tarot deck? The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot by Giulia F. Massaglia might just be the deck you need. This tarot deck features elegant and intricate designs inspired by the Art Nouveau movement. Furthermore, the gold foil accents adds a touch of luxury to the cards.

Whether you’re a seasoned tarot reader or a beginner, this deck is sure to capture your attention. Its beautiful artwork and unique interpretation of the traditional tarot symbolism is simply breathtaking. In this review, I’ll be taking a closer look at this deck and exploring its features, strengths, and weaknesses.

I’m going to start this review by saying this is one of my favourite tarot card decks to use in readings. Perhaps this is a biased opinion because:

(1) I’m a huge Art Nouveau fan; and

(2) I’m a sucker for shimmery cards.

But, honestly, this card deck is gorgeous in every way.

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Image by Cassandra Chew

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot is a beautiful set of 78-cards based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck with images reimagined by artist, Giulia F. Massaglia. It is a deck that is sure to captivate any tarot enthusiast. It includes a black and white guidebook with instructions by Lunaea Weatherstone.

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. Image by Cassandra Chew

Major Arcana:

The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot, Major Arcana. Image by Cassandra Chew

The colourful and vibrant images have a distinctive comic book-like quality to them, adding to the overall visual appeal of the deck. Every card features a wealth of detail, from the expressions on the characters’ faces to the intricate patterns on their clothing. Despite the unique design, the deck remains faithful to the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith tarot system, ensuring that it is both familiar and accessible to users of all levels.

Although there are no descriptive words on the cards, it is simple enough to know which card is which. Having said that, I would strongly suggest that you have a basic knowledge of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck before using this deck. It’s probably not the best deck for a complete newbie to tarot.

Each card in this deck has gold-foil accents and impressions (usually in the background of the card) which really enhances the beauty of the bright illustrations. If you’re like me and attracted to shimmery things, you’ll love the foiling!

Suit of Cups:

Suit of Cups. Image by Cassandra Chew.

Suit of Pentacles:

Suit of Pentacles. Image by Cassandra Chew.

Suit of Swords:

Suit of Swords. Image by Cassandra Chew.

Suit of Wands:

Suit of Wands. Image by Cassandra Chew.


Compared to some of the other tarot and oracle decks that I have in my collection, the card stock used for this deck seems to be more thin and flimsy. As a result, I have to be extra careful not to accidentally bend or fold any of these cards.

Another criticism that I have is that the size of the cards are a bit too big for my hands. They measure about 66mm x 121mm and I find that when I’m shuffling, the cards fall out more than usual. But I think this is just because my hands are small. On the plus side, the cards are easy to read and the details are easy to notice.

Overall thoughts

I really enjoy this deck! If you’re looking to add something to your collection that resembles the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith but isn’t a complete replica, I highly recommend The Golden Art Nouveau Tarot. It is a stunning deck that offers a fresh take on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith imagery, while still remaining faithful to its symbolism and structure. This shiny deck features vibrant, intricate illustrations with a distinct Art Nouveau aesthetic, which adds a touch of elegance to each card.

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