I’ve had my eye on this deck for some time. Several YouTubers favored it, and I was pretty intrigued by the surreal art style. So it had been on my wish list for a while. When I found it at a local metaphysical bookstore that my sister had given me a gift card for, well, I knew it was meant to be.
The colors are gorgeous, and the images are evocative. Do the images really say much about the meanings of the cards in the way a RWS deck would? Not necessarily. Do I care? Not necessarily. The voice of the deck is unmistakable, and it just takes a little extra work to read with it. I’m up for the challenge.
The card stock is thick and slippery, and if I’m being honest, it’s difficult to shuffle. The edges are gilded in the most beautiful, glossy silver, and even though I know I’m going to destroy that in no time, I still love it. I also love that there are no borders, which allows the art to draw you into the cards.
I especially love The World card, which is that one card that I look for in any deck to see if I’m going to enjoy working with it or not. I think I’ll definitely enjoy working with this one.
Let’s ask the cards what’s up!
- Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? The Emperor. It’s going to be a very straightforward deck that plays by the rules. It’s going to help me get my shit together and be more analytical and less emotional about issues that come up.
- What are your strengths as a deck? Page of Pentacles. It’s going to be a good deck that will help me further my tarot studies as a student. I’ll be able to look at tarot with the fresh eyes of someone who is just beginning their path again.
- What are your limits as a deck? Page of Swords. It may not communicate super clearly, and may require that I do some of the mental gymnastics myself to interpret the cards. It will require a lot of thought on my part to figure out the meanings.
- What are you here to teach me? Two of Cups. It’s here to teach me to make connections. To connect point A to point B and see how they affect each other. It may also help me to get clear about personal relationships.
- How can I best learn and collaborate with you? Nine of Cups reversed. I should give up on my pie-in-the-sky ideals about what life should be like, and get to be more grounded in what actually IS. I should let go of wishes, and think more of working goals.
- What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? Seven of Cups reversed. A lessening of choices. It will help me to find my path rather than floundering about, trying to decide what I want to do. (I can definitely use this!!)
So I have to be honest, this was not AT ALL what I thought this deck would be about. The whimsical art made me think this would be a good deck for play and creativity, but it seems that it will be a little more straight-forward than that. It seems like it has a more serious-minded energy, and will help me to find clear pathways when they’re obscured. If you know me, this is a BIG part of my focus in life, as I have a tendency to flounder around and go from one thing to the next like a bee searching for nectar. I don’t have a lot of clarity when it comes to my life path, and I hope this deck will help!
Have you used this deck? Did you find it to have similar energies, or does it work differently for you? Let me know in the comments below.
Blessed be! <3