In this deck, the artist have featured characters from four different mythologies, one per suit. It depicts different gods and goddesses for the court cards having in mind any iconic elements and symbols each one might have and adapts everything to the style of standard face cards. This way, Zeus, the King of Hearts, is ?committing suicide? with a bolt of lightning. Going deeper among gods and other elements has also be really useful for her to learn a lot about mythology.
As said before, each suit represents one mythology. This way, hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades are related to Greek, Roman, Norse and Egyptian mythologies. There are 52 cards, completely customized plus two jokers, one double backed card and a gaff card for magic tricks.
Printed by the USPCC on their classic Linen Finish.
Gods of Greek Mythology - Hearts
ZEUS ? KING OF HEARTS
Greek king of the gods, he is the lord of the sky and the thunderbolt is his weapon.
ATHENA ? QUEEN OF HEARTS
Greek goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war,
she was better known for being a diplomat and mediator. She carries a
spear, a shield, and wears a warrior?s helmet.
APOLLO ? JACK OF HEARTS
Greek god of light and truth, Apollo is also the god of music and he carries a golden lyre. Apollo is also known as The Archer.
DIAMONDS: GODS OF ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
Gods of Roman Mythology - Diamonds
NEPTUNE ? KING OF DIAMONDS
Roman god of the sea, Neptune traditionally carries a trident.
DIANA ? QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and childbirth. She carries a bow and arrow.
MERCURY ? JACK OF DIAMONDS
The Roman messenger god, he is also the guide of the dead and protector of merchants. His staff is a caduceus.
CLUBS: GODS OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY
Gods of Norse Mythology - Clubs
ODIN ? KING OF CLUBS
Chief Norse god, the All-Father and ruler of
Asgard, Odin is associated with war, victory, magic, wisdom and poetry.
Odin has one eye, having sacrificed the other one for knowledge and
wisdom. His spear is called Gungnir. His ravens Huginn (?thought?) and
Muninn (?memory?) bring him information.
FRIGGA ? QUEEN OF CLUBS
Norse goddess of love, marriage, destiny. She sits at her spindle weaving the destiny of men and gods.
THOR ? JACK OF CLUBS
Norse hammer-wielding god (his hammer is called Mj?lnir), associated with thunder, lighting, strength.
SPADES: GODS OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY
Gods of Egyptian Mythology - Spades
OSIRIS ? KING OF SPADES
Egyptian God of death, the underworld, the
afterlife. His greenish skin symbolizes rebirth. He wears an Atef crown
with two ostrich feathers and holds a crook and flail.
ISIS ? QUEEN OF SPADES
Egyptian goddess of the earth, the moon, magic, giver of life. She carries the ankh, which symbolizes eternal life.
HORUS ? JACK OF SPADES
Egyptian sky god, the falcon-headed god, child
of Osiris and Isis, he wears the red and white crown (pschent) to
symbolize kingship over all of Egypt.
Jokers and Card Back
ERIS ? JOKER (RED)
Eris is the Greek goddess of strife and discord. She holds the golden apple of discord and keeps a dagger hidden in her cloak.
LOKI ? JOKER (BLACK)
Loki the trickster is the Norse god of mischief and chaos. He is often symbolized by two snakes encircling one another to form an ?S? shape.
All pips are fully custom
Note from designer (Marci Brinker) : I\\\\\\\'ve been a graphic designer/illustrator
for many years and I\\\\\\\'m always working to improve my skills. I have been
striving to work on more personal art projects in my free time. I\\\\\\\'ve
always wanted to design my own deck of cards because of the unique
challenge it presents to create that many individual, yet unified,
pieces of art. This idea came to me when I was re-reading one my
favorite novels, \\\\\\\"American Gods\\\\\\\" by Neil Gaiman, even though only a few
of the gods depicted in the deck are actually gods mentioned in the
book. Pages of sketches, hours of research, many long evening hours of
working in Adobe Illustrator over the course of several months, and the
deck was finally complete. This deck represents a lot of time and
thought over the last 8 or 9 months, and with your help, we can make it a
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