Pat Zalewski, David Sledzinksi
Aeon Books, USA. 2022. 78-Card Deck. Brand New.
The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn comprises 78 fully illustrated tarot cards and is intended as a companion to the book The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Divination, Meditation and High Magical Teachings.
The uniqueness of this Golden Dawn Stella Matutina tarot deck is its colouring, which is based on the four sets of Golden Dawn colour scales. A comparative study between the current Regardie/Wang deck and the classic Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn deck shows a large difference in the colouring, especially in the minor arcana, where the Wang deck does not use the four colour scales.
Pat Zalewski, born in Australia in 1948, has a Master’s degree in Philosophy in History and is the author of 12 books on the Golden Dawn. After travelling throughout SE Asia, Pat eventually settled in New Zealand. After reading and practicing the Golden Dawn for many years, he and Chris Zalewski met with members of the then recently closed Whare Ra temple in 1980. He then worked with artists Skip Dudchus and David Sledzinski on redrawing the Whare Ra deck for his book The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn. In 1999 Zalewski returned to Australia. In 2019 he started working with David Sledzinski to produce a coloured Gold Dawn Tarot deck.