This deck is one of those rare cases where I wanted it, I had money, and I bought it. I have quite a lot of decks, so a new one has to REALLY speak to me for me to spend the money. This one really did.
I just love the energy of the art on this one so much. It’s very people-forward. There are beautiful illustrations of people that you feel like you can relate to, or that you’d like to meet. It really helps to bring forwards the meanings of the cards in a beautiful, unique way. There’s something about seeing the Knight of Wands play the drums in a circle of torches that just speaks to me in a way that brings the card alive.
The author is also the illustrator, and I think that really helps to make this a cohesive deck with a strong personality.
The card stock is only so-so, and the packaging is pretty standard Hay House fare. I’ve heard that they’ve improved the card stock since I got this one, and that’s a good thing. The cards are standard 3×5 size, which is nice in this world of hugely-wide cards that my arthritic hands can’t shuffle well. In all honesty, I’ll probably edge them in a dark blue or something to get rid of the blah white edges, though I can definitely appreciate that these didn’t also include white borders as well.
Let’s take a look at what they have to say!
(Starting at the top and moving clockwise)
- Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? The Hanged Man reversed. (I’ve drawn this card a few times with this deck already, and I think that says something important.) This is a deck that doesn’t require a ton of work to understand. It’s not deeply rooted in obscure occult information, it’s accessible to anyone. I don’t have to make any deep sacrifices of time or energy to learn to work with this deck.
- What are your strengths as a deck? King of Cups reversed. It’s emotional. Deeply so. It’s not reserved emotionally, it really lets it all hang out, whether the emotions in question are negative or positive. This is a deck that you can talk to when you’re giddy or depressed, and it will support your full emotional range.
- What are your limits as a deck? 2 of Wands. It’s not here to help us build anything new, but rather to examine closely what is. It’s not a forward-looking deck, but a present-exploring deck. Again, this goes into the realm of emotions and exploring our hidden depths.
- What are you here to teach me? Strength reversed. It doesn’t always have to come down to being strong and confident. Sometimes it’s OK to feel small, weak, or frustrated with the things that you can’t change. It’s important to explore the range of feelings, not just the easy or fun ones.
- How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? 6 of Swords. Let the past go. Work through any residual pain, and then realize that I’m on a new path to a new place, and turn away from all the things I thought I knew. It’s time to embrace the unknown.
- What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? The Magician reversed. Going back to basics. Getting back to the place before I started building a tarot business to when everything was fun and exciting and new. Treat this deck like an exploration of something new, some new aspect of my practice, and enjoy the fresh new vibes it brings in.
Very cool! I feel like this is a deck that I’m going to be using personally quite a bit, but not JUST for me. I’ve already used it in readings for others, and I just love the way it reads. It’s very heart-centered and joyful, even when it’s delivering difficult news.
Do you have this deck? And if so, what do you think? Does this interview resonate with what you know of the deck? Let me know in the comments and blessed be! 🙂