Despite the aristocratic title, Golden Tarot of the Tsar
is not a tribute to the Russian Czars of old, but rather a deck replete with images of the Eastern Christian faithful and their saints and martyrs.
Orthodox Christians believe that icons are not just religious art, but are spiritual windows into heaven.
The backgrounds of the cards are decorated in gold foil. The art by Atanas Atanassov has no direct light source, and hence, no shadows. People are tall and lean, their faces characterised by large eyes, long thin noses and small mouths.
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In the Ace of Pentacles we see two angels holding a golden plate against a hexagram-shaped window. The pentacle has the eight dots of delicate blue on the golden plate border over the red-inked icon of a Christian figure. The blue sky in the six-sided window is exactly the same color, with a white contrasting cloudbank at the angels' feet. Two red-winged cupids add richness to the scrolled gold etching of the card.