In 1989, Rolf Eichelmann's wife gave him the book Tarot Classic. It inspired him to begin a tarot journey that ended in the creation of the New Century Tarot. Eichelmann sketched the majors while on La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands, and finished the deck in 2002 in his homeland, Germany. The images for the major arcana have similar backgrounds. The upper half is a row of reddish trees, while the lower half is a more open landscape. The details on each card are unique. Eichelmann explains the symbolism in the instruction booklet. Each suit also has a characteristic background - clouds and a sky of distinctive colors. For pentacles, the sky is yellow with reddish clouds (see right). Each minor card also has a decorative veil in the center for the suit symbols. At the bottom there is a small scene highlighting each card's meaning.