Author: Giuseppe Ricci
Artist: Sandro Beltramo
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: August 2003
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The Success Cards are not a Tarot deck. The 64 cards in this deck are an attempt to translate the I Ching into a pictorial form and to westernize it somewhat. The cards are numbered 1 to 64. Each features a large picture and a word or phase summarizing the intention of the card, for example: "Creativity" (card 1), "Enjoy the mystery" (card 25), "Walk without feet" (card 44). The artwork is varied, both in quality and in subject. Most cards have an oriental picture, but some do not. Card 25, for example, depicts Albert Einstein.
This deck comes with a 96 page booklet that explains the background of the I Ching and these cards, provides two methods of reading, and gives a westernized I Ching-style interpretation of each card. The first method of reading selects from the card directly. The second suggests using coin flips to create one of the 64 I Ching hexagrams in a manner similar to one of the standard methods of consulting the I Ching. Unfortunately, the text does not really describe how to select the card that corresponds to the hexagram generated. This unfortunate omission will make the second method unusable for most people, but the booklet is otherwise complete and gives enough information to begin using the deck.
I like the I Ching. I find it a helpful, if somewhat hard to interpret at times, advisor. Despite their obvious I Ching connection, I really don't like the Success Cards. They strike me as a somewhat bastardized version of the original, with pictures. I might like this deck better if the art style was more to my taste, but I doubt it. I simply prefer the I Ching. If you aren't familiar with the I Ching, but would like a taste of it, the Success Cards may give you that taste, but I personally think you'd be better off putting the money toward a good translation of the I Ching.
Reviewed by Randall