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Whimsical Tarot Deck
Whimsical Tarot Deck

What customers are saying about Whimsical Tarot

The Whimsical Tarot is a lot of fun -- although I originally bought it for my children to use, I found myself drawn to some of the really clever imagery. Hanson-Roberts uses traditional fairy tale characters to portray the divinatory meanings of each card. The Major Arcana, in particular, are well chosen, as are the court cards. This is a great deck to use if you're teaching kids the Tarot, or if you just want to expand your own horizons a bit. The artwork is lovely, and the card associations are clearly thought out. Definitely worth buying, if you enjoy Tarot and classic children's stories!

—Patti Wigington, About.com


Drawn by Mary-Hanson Roberts, who also created the art for the Hanson-Roberts Tarot and the Universal Waite Tarot, the Whimsical Tarot is based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes and intended for children and the 'young at heart'.

But it is by no means limited to children. The fairytales are familiar to almost everyone, the simplicity and already associated meaning with the cards helping to make tarot more accessible to a beginner.

Some of the cards make me chuckle, others I find impressive because of the approachable rendering of normally disliked cards. The Devil card, for example, shows a pair of hands controlling a marionette, a puppet on strings. The Death card is Sleeping Beauty.

I adore the backs of the cards. A lilac flower is in a rectangular focus in the center of the card. Surrounded by a mauve border, then a thicker border of yellow Celtic knot work on a turquoise background, it is restful, appropriate for upright or reversed readings, and very pretty.

I highly recommend the Whimsical Tarot as a child's tarot deck; for people who read for children; or for sensitive souls who aren't keen on confronting images on their tarot cards. The Whimsical Tarot gets the message across without being dark, negative or scary.

I also think it is a good beginners deck, as the fairytales used on each card allow the tarot novice to hang the tarot concepts on a framework they are familiar with. Learning seventy-eight different tarot meanings and how to interpret the tarot symbols can very seem daunting, but the Whimsical Tarot's cards are cute and the scenes already familiar. Hanson-Roberts combined traditional fairytales and tarot make a beautifully presented, sweet, and thoroughly whimsical tarot deck.

—Solandia, Aeclectic Tarot


She sat down and flipped through the deck, her eyes lighting up as the realized that she recognized all the fairytales and stories within each card. She squealed with excitement when the 4 of Swords reminded her of the Princess and the Pea, and she jumped up and down in her seat happily as the Magician bought back the story of Puss in Boots. When she had finished looking through the deck, she handed it back to me, with a grin from ear to ear adorning her face: My Mother appeared to like the deck.

As can be seen from my Mother's reaction, the Whimsical Tarot is aimed at children and the young at heart. The cards are adorned with fairytales, nursery rhymes, and stories that we were told as children, and as such, there are many adults who can use this deck very effectively. The benefits of using fairytales and such to illustrate the meanings of the cards is that nearly everybody is familiar with most of them, and thus can understand the meaning in the card without having to look in any book. Fairytales bring back fond memories of childhood, and those nights on the sofa with your Granny, when she would make you hot chocolate and then read Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm to you until you were too sleepy to stay awake any longer. The attraction of a deck surrounded by, and based upon, these stories is understandable.

This deck is largely traditional: the names of the cards, the suits of the Minors, the ordering of the Majors, and the meanings of the cards are all Rider-Waite traditional. The only thing that differs is the pictures used to illustrate the cards, as these are taken directly from the fairy stories applied to each card. All of the cards are fully illustrated with the gorgeous artwork of Mary Hanson-Roberts. The Court Cards are particularly appealing, all being characters from stories, with the Queen and King usually being from the same story, eg- King and Queen of Pentacles being Maid Marion and Robin Hood. The Pages in this deck are the most interesting I have come across, and certainly the easiest to understand! Instead of showing people, they show objects, which convey the meaning of the card. For instance, the Page of Swords shows a telescope, and the Page of Pentacles shows gold coins, scales, and a tally-chart. This is a great help, especially for young children and beginners, as it is often the Court Cards that are the most difficult to read.

All the fairytales are well chosen and very evocative. Every other deck I have seen which uses fairytales as its theme has failed in that sometimes the chosen fairytales are chosen superficially, for instance, in one deck I found that the Emperor card was represent by the Emperor's New Clothes, which really didn't have anything to do with the meaning at all. With this deck, that's not the case: Every single card's fairytale is chosen for its meaning and significance. That is an achievement within itself I think, and something that this deck deserves praise for.

I love this deck. It is the best one I have seen which is aimed at children, but which also proves to be an excellent deck for adults! Children, beginners, adults who enjoy fairy stories, collectors, and those who like Mary Hanson-Roberts' artwork would all enjoy this deck immensely and learn alot from it. For myself, after using this deck, I found that I could read better in general: the meanings of the cards took on a more imaginative form, and I could apply meanings from the cards to the querent's life very easily. As an introduction to the Tarot, or as a deck for the more advanced reader, this is an absolute treasure.

—Kim Huggens, Aeclectic Tarot


The Whimsical Tarot has a great richness to it because it is drawing on our knowledge of fairy tales as well as our knowledge of the Tarot. It works well for intuitive readings based on the images which can speak directly to us at a deep level. Although it may look like a children's deck it is suitable for anyone who is happy with an attractive, amusing deck which has more depth to it than appears at first glance. 


—Fairyhedgehog, Aeclectic Tarot


I have recommended this deck to everyone I know interested in Tarot and while at first they read reviews and see the deck and question me, once they USE the deck for the first time, they are hooked! As the author states in her introduction, the images are intended to appeal to our inner child, our earliest memories and our connections to fairy tales and their distinct sense of right and wrong, good and evil. These descriptions, again, seem simplistic and very black and white, and life deals us, like the Tarot, a mixed bag with gray areas, this deck comes through with clear messages and direction. Like our proverbial Knight in Shining Armor, the message in a spread heralds in with ease and in a manner that allow for deeper reflection as you view the images on the cards.

The artwork in this deck cannot be complimented enough. The images perfectly match the descriptions. Ms. Morrison, in her introduction, compliments Ms. Hanson-Roberts with seeing within her own mind and having an innate understanding of her ideas. This is true for this deck like no other I have encountered. There is a perfect congruity between image and word.

—Kate Robinson, Aeclectic Tarot


The Whimsical Tarot approaches the reading of cards from a completely different aspect -- by associating with childhood images and fairy tales. This deck allows us to connect with our "inner child". Although the name may suggest this is a less than serious deck, this deck is a very valuable tool in discovering our inner selves and helping us reconnect with those simple things that give us joy.

The images on the cards do not obviously correspond with the imagery from our experiences with the Rider-Waite style of decks. Gone are the confusing "Quabalah mystery" symbolism that we pondered and studied in order to interpret the meanings of those older decks. This is the use of simple and obvious imagery that gives us instant insight into the meaning of the cards.

The images are drawn from well-known fairy tales and are familiar to just about anyone. The artwork of Mary Hanson-Robert is clean. She gives us very colorful images that attract attention but are not obtrusive. The artwork is not distracting, but is lovely to sit and reflect upon.

As we explore the deck, we find some familiar tarot references. We do have a Major Arcana comprised of 22 cards, all clearly marked with the number of the card in its order, and the name of the card. There is no mistaking the card's association. The Fool - 0 - is the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. If you look at the tarot as a personal journey of the one who begins as a fool, this association is very obvious. We have the symbolism of the yellow brick road, we have Toto and so much more. The Magician is Puss in Boots, the High Priestess is the Fairy Godmother. There are some very interesting associations, as with The Emperor being Father Christmas, the Old Woman in the Shoe for the Empress, Judgment using The Cricket from Pinnochio, Glinda for The World, "Goldilocks being discovered" as Justice. The images are so obvious in some instances, yet they challenge you to use your own judgment and personal insights.

I also find myself drawing on my own knowledge of the tarot and associations when I am using this deck. While someone who is not familiar with the traditional meanings of the tarot will find this a very easy and fun deck to use, those of us who are trained in the traditional meanings will not find this "foreign" as there are familiar associations here. When we look at the "Two of Cups", the traditional meaning being a lesser "Lovers" card, it's association is still retained with the story of the "Owl and the Kitty Cat", so we are not totally out of familiar grounds. Pentacles still retains its meaning of material matters while cups still reflects inner emotions. The "Ten of Swords", a card of chaos and mistakes, shows the story of Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall. The traditional meanings are not told in the mysterious symbolism but in very obvious and well thought through imagery.

The small details on the cards not only attract attention but allow special reflection and a good look at one's inner self. And these special touches make this a remarkable deck. I love this deck for personal contemplation. I have also used this deck for clients who wanted to examine their own personal feelings and issues and it has provided much insight. It works as well with clients as it does with personal readings.

I would also like to suggest that if you have a youngster who is interested in tarot cards and readings, that this would make a perfect first deck. As our children watch us using the cards, they will also want to explore the path with you, as all children look to their parents for guidance. This deck is so perfect for the younger apprentice that I couldn't think of any deck more perfect for the "almost teenager" or the "First Deck" gifting. If you are looking for something that is perfect for a holiday gift, or someone just starting, or the "first deck" give this deck a viewing and see if you don't agree this could be the deck for you.

—Margaret Foster, Amazon customer

$21.95
Whispers of Love
Whispers of Love

 

What customers are saying about Whispers of Love

I bought Whispers of Love in an esoteric shop in my city, and it was love at first sight. So much so, that has become one of my few favorite decks - those that speak to me and give me insight and food for thought about my queries. Whispers of Love is an oracle that speaks to single people looking for love, people who are in a relationship, and for people consulting the oracle on non-romantic love matters.

Part of the reason why this deck speaks to me, and will probably speak to you, is because of the artwork by Josephine Wall. Each card is a miniature piece of art. Intricate delicate and very detailed, the tromp-l'oeil whimsical images have so many elements and details in them, that are incredible helpful in intuitive readings. It is not only what you see at first sight, it is all the elements in the image that you notice when you look at it twice, and those myriad mini-images embedded in the general view. Each cards bears a little sentence summarizing the message of the card and do not have reverse meanings.

The 50 cards in this deck are a bit bigger than the standard size, and a bit tricky to handle if you have small hands. The quality of the material and of the printed images is excellent and the cards shuffle well despite the mild stiffness of the material. I prefer the stiffness of the cards, because it s a guarantee of durability. The booklet is the only downside, as it is very basic and I would have loved something a bit more elaborate.

Even if this deck does not speak to you -and I doubt that’s possible- Whispers of Love is a great oracle tarot to have if you collect decks for their artwork. I am in love with Whispers of Love.

—“Amazonilla”, Amazon customer

$23.95
Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle
Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WILD WISDOM OF THE FAERY ORACLE

This isn't just a deck of oracle cards it is a book in its own right about the world of the fae. Lucy Cavendish is a beautiful writer and brings the world she sees and experiences to life for others. The artwork by Selena is nothing less than divine. Each card has an in-depth exploration for interpretation. The card spreads she recommends are also new and fun to use.

—Janelle, Goodreads


I love this Fairy deck, It has beautiful artwork and profoundly healing messages! It am soo happy with it! It really connects you with the healing power of the fairies!

—Andrea, Amazon customer


Just beginning to read about Faeries and their history. Somehow I was drawn to this Faery Oracle. When I received it I was intrigued and spell bound by the beautiful layout of the cards. I began reading the book and couldn't stop. The book is very detailed and the meanings/interpretation of the cards are very descriptive and very "ACCURATE". There are suggestions/rituals for you to connect with the Faeries but I was not willing to do that at the moment. I believe the rituals described only boost your connection with Faery but in my OPINION not necessary to get answers you are searching for. However, I did say a prayer and invited the Faeries into my life for guidance. After shuffling the cards a bit a card fell out of the deck. My quick reaction was to gather it and place it back in the deck. The card was "Little Boy Blue". Didn't know anything about the card just yet and why it popped out as it did. Anyway, I placed the card aside and continued to shuffle until I was ready to lay a spread. I used the suggested five-card spread. I honestly was freaked out with the cards that I picked for each position (which describes where you are in life). Every card was reversed and described EXACTLY my life details in terms of blockages, healing and so forth. The book offers reversal meanings and aren't necessarily negative. Just some things the Faeries believe you need to work on to better yourself. What really freaked me out because they were so "ACCURATE" I tested the cards by doing their suggested 3three-card spread, Past, Present, Future. I am thinking that while shuffling the first time I didn't notice whether or not if I had the cards upright or reversed. In shuffling the cards for the three-card spread I purposefully made sure each card was upright. Ok, now this is what blew me away. I laid the first 3 cards down and placed them in their position Past, Present, Future. I turned each card over one by one and again, all 3 were reversed and had mimicked the five-card spread in terms of my blockages/healing. I said no way something must be wrong. To get clarification of future events you are allowed to pull a 4th card and so on depicting time in months. The card pulled was also reversed. Scratching my head I turned over the rest of the cards one by one but not to lay on my spread for further clarification. All were upright. I freaked out. I put the cards back together and thanked the Faeries for their advice/guidance. I just sat and reflected on what just happened. This is a very "POWERFUL" deck but not for the timid. I "HIGHLY" Recommend this deck for anyone who really wants to get an understanding of their life. It's good for Spiritual, Emotional and Physical well-being.

—T.A. Nixon, Amazon customer

$23.95
Witchlings Deck & Book Set
Witchlings Deck & Book Set

What customers are saying about Witchlings Deck & Book Set

Paulina Cassidy, creator of the Joie de Vivre Tarot and Paulina Tarot decks, has created a new cast of forty lyrical and eccentric ladies to grace her newest deck of oracle cards. These feminine occultists dance, posture, levitate, and fly as they invite us into their magical world. If you don’t know Cassidy’s work, this deck is a perfect introduction. If you’re already a fan, you’ll be delighted with this addition to Paulina’s repertoire.

The accompanying 200-page Witchlings Book of Spells adds insight and instruction to the charms of these spellbinding enchantresses. The spells are augmented with candle and color —magic, crystal energy, chanting, and detailed meditations to make all your dreams come true. Pick a card. Introduce yourself. Start making magic!

—Anna Jedrziewski

This is an absolutely adorable little card set! Complete with little mantras and positive spells to manifest your dreams in your life, this little deck has cute little witches to inspire you! This is great for a beginner learning about spell work, and also great for experienced practitioners to help us remember the magic of life! I would fully recommend these to anybody looking to bring inspiration back into their lives. :}

—T.M. McBroom, Amazon customer

Adorable, sweet, uplifting, powerful and witchy! Once again, Paulina Cassidy and U.S. Games Systems, Inc., hit one out of the park!  Witchlings is a deck and book set that is filled with easy spells and magick that anyone can use. It is well written, beautifully designed and well produced.

Witchlingsis a 40-card deck with a 204-page black and white illustrated, paperback companion book called Witchlings – Book of Spells.  The set is housed in a heavy duty, lift top cardboard box, which is sealed in plastic. The deck is also sealed in plastic.  

Each image is delightful in Ms. Cassidy’s unique styling. All of the images feature a starry background. Orion the owl, the Universal familiar, is present with each Witchling. He serves as a protector, mentor, assistant and friend.

The Determination card features a light blue border with a charming Witchling, named Mimosa. She is wearing muted red and black, perched cross-legged, on her broom. The key phrase says “Determination is the power within to keep you from giving up on your dreams.” The Book of Spells has instructions for a sachet and a poppet. It also has a candle ritual and gives directions for infusing a clear quartz crystal with the intention of willpower, determination and achieving goals. 

The deck is designed to be used as a single card draw or up to 3 cards to use together. Ms. Cassidy suggests drawing a card and working with that particular Witchling as long as needed.

The book provides a list of easy-to-find Spellcrafting Equipment, information about Candle Color Magick, Gemstone Magick, Herb and Spice Magick, and Essential Oil Magick.

Witchlings can be used by anyone that is interested in learning about magick and wants to keep things simple and straightforward.  This make a nice addition to everyone’s magick tool kit.

—Terri Clement, ATA Tarot Reflections


I have been waiting very patiently for 2 years for these cards and  they do not disappoint! Absolutely beautiful artistry love them, a delightful deck to use. The wait has been worth it thanks Paulina simply stunning!!!!!

—Lisa Manning, Amazon customer

$22.95