Lo Triumpe

15 Apr

I recently received an incredible package from an incredible lady – Lena Ruth Stefanovich. She shared with me two of her books, and the decks that go with them. I am both honored and humbled to be able to have this material in my hands.

The first book is “Lo Triumpe” (OKF, Cetinje, 2008), a book of short stories based on the Tarot. The stories themselves I cannot comment on, as they are not in English. The 22 card Major Arcana deck that accompanies this book is entitled the “Black Mountain Tarot”, and is illustrated by the inimitable Emily Carding. The deck came nicely presented in spreadsheets of four cards each. In her foreword, Emily notes that Lena left the choice of the theme for the deck up to her – Bravo Lena! You two ladies together are incredible! A not so small point – this was the first deck to be published in the newly independent Montenegro!

More of the cards can be seen here, on Aeclectic Tarot- . Images in this deck were inspired by historical figures, architecture, modern life, ancient mythology, folk tales, Christian, Pagan, and Muslim spirituality, Montenegro’s stunning countryside and rugged mountains, and, as Emily states, even a view of an optimistic future.

The incredibly good news about the “Black Mountain Tarot” is that a second edition ( which will include an intro written by Lena, along with a couple of her stories) is due to be released by the Tarot Media Company ( Yes, it was supposed to be out in 2011 – keep an eye on this page – the deck, along with Lena’s stories, is worth it!

© April 2011 Bonnie Cehovet


Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Tarot


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8 responses to “Lo Triumpe

  1. Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

    April 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Sounds fab. Very much looking forward to it. 🙂

    • Bonnie Cehovet

      April 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Lisa –

      The Black Mountain Tarot is beautiful! I cannot wait for the second edition of the deck to come out! I do wish there was an English translation of Lena’s book!


  2. moderndayruth

    April 16, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Wow, Bonnie, thank you so much for the review!!! Much appreciated! Thank you, dear friend! xxxx

    • Bonnie Cehovet

      April 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Lena –

      You are very welcome! It was such a thrill for me to receive this material, and to work with it! I hope that in some small way I help to get the word out on both the book and the deck! 🙂


  3. moderndayruth

    April 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Reblogged this on moderndayruth and commented:
    Bonnie Cehovet ‘s review of Emily Carding’s Tarot of the Black Mountain! I am so excited! As Bonnie rightly notices, this was the first Tarot deck to be published in Montenegro – and Em had chosen it to be about Montenegro itself! (Black Mountains being the English name of the country.) And it came together with my 2nd book, collection of Tarot-inspired short stories- Io Triumpe (OKF, Cetinje.) THANK YOU SO MUCH, BONNIE!

    • Bonnie Cehovet

      April 16, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Lena –

      I am so hoping there will be an English translation of this book! 🙂



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