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Rider-Waite® Tarot Deck
Rider-Waite® Tarot Deck

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RIDER_WAITE® TAROT DECK:

What exactly is it about this deck? Today there are literally hundreds of tarot decks to choose from, most of which are artistically superior to this seemingly rudimentary little deck. And yet, those many decks, which use subtle colors, modern printing techniques and even computer imaging, fail to compete with it. Why? The Rider deck truly has a soul, and its images shoot straight to the heart. People can often "intuitively" read this deck without any previous experience with the tarot. If the point of art is to make you feel your humanity, this deck's art is truly amazing. For all its coarse lines and flat colors, the deck somehow rises above itself, gracefully conveying all aspects of the human condition. The Rider deck is a perfect first and last deck. Pamela Colman Smith's unique symbolism ranges from the simple to the truly arcane ... It stirs the psyche and livens the soul. If you are in the market for a deck, my advice is to look not only with your eyes, but with your heart. The Rider deck is not as "glittery" as some of its more modern counterparts, but in the long run it is a wonderful and rewarding tarot without equal.

-- Andryh, Amazon customer

$21.95
Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg  Deck
Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg Deck
What customers are saying about Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg
 
The Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg has an interesting and unusual history with a bit of mystery thrown in. In 1987, Stuart Kaplan, chairman of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. (who publish many of our Tarot decks) saw some artwork that was created by Yury Shakov.
 
Shakov was a well-known Russian artist who specialized in miniatures. His jewelry, intricately decorated Easter eggs and detailed miniature icons were sought after by museums and collectors. At this time, Shakov was recognized as the foremost miniaturist in American even though he had only been in the country for a few years. Kaplan was fascinated by Shakov’s work and decided that he would like to commission Shakov to do a Tarot deck in this distinctive Russian style. It was a few months before the artist would agree to paint the deck. He knew nothing about the Tarot so he had to become acquainted with Tarot as well as develop 78 original miniature paintings.
 
Over the next two years Yury Shakov created the master designs for the entire deck and he painted the Major Arcana and the Cups. When you realize that he painted these cards to size, just as you see them, you can appreciate the amount of painstaking work that went into them. Miniaturists must brace their arm as they work with brushes that are often so fine they contain only a single hair. Shakov loved his art so much that he sometimes worked for 16 hours a day.
 
Unfortunately, Yury Shakov didn’t live long enough to complete his deck, he died suddenly in March 1989. Stuart Kaplan decided to commission a second Russian artist to finish the deck in Shakov’s style using Shakov’s notes and sketches.
 
And here is where the mystery comes in, we don’t know who the second artist is. His or her name was never made public. We also don’t know exactly how much input this artist had in the renderings because Shakov’s notes and sketches have been lost. When you look at the two artists work you can tell a difference in the cards. Shakov’s Trumps and Cups are much more detailed and ornate than the Clubs, Swords and Coins. Shakov used several decks as references, the Tarot of Marseilles, the Classic Tarot and the Waite deck while adding his own touches of Russian art, history and folklore. The deck follows the basic images of the Waite with Russian costumes and backgrounds. The cards seem to focus on the figures while background images are a bit sparse.
 
The Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg is a truly beautiful deck. All cards have a black background but the colors of the images are vibrant. The cards have an oval frame of gold filigree, the Trumps and each suit has a slightly different variation of the filigree. All cards have a thin solid gold outer border. Shakov’s Trumps and Cups don’t appear to feature any one color but the other suits do. You will find purple featured in the Coins, green in the Clubs and red in the Swords.
 
The Trump cards are numbered and titled, the suits are titled. The Courts are the standard Page, Knight, Queen and King. The deck is laminated and printed in Belgium.
 
The card backs have yet another slight variation of the gold filigree frame. All of the suits are represented with a Coin sitting on a Cup and a Sword and Club crossed behind. Sitting on the Coin is a Russian helmet.
Angelfire

This deck is unusual in a few ways. First, it was started by Yury Shakov - he finished number of the cards, along with the preliminary sketches for the rest - but the remainder were finished by an unknown Russian artist at his death. There really isn't much difference in their styles, the continuity of the deck is amazing. Each card is rendered in sharp detail. This includes a border in gold on the face, mirrored on the back. Both the major and minor arcana are done in full detail, and this in one of the first decks I have personally run into printed on a black background. It puts a whole new cast on the deck, gives it a new feel, has a different effect on the spirit.
 
Lastly, even though this deck was not geared toward beginners (or those rediscovering the art) it is truly easy to read. Because of the detail mentioned before, those that do more instinctual reading instead of using the 'given' or 'proper' meaning of the cards are given a clear advantage. For example, while doing the first reading using this deck, the sun in the four of clubs seemed to pop out at me. Normally this wouldn't have been something to notice, but it was pivotal to the reading.
 
The little white booklet is also a nice help. The meaning and reversed meaning are easy to find, and it has the basic ten-card spread included.
 
This is a truly spiritual deck to me, and I'm glad I bought it. As soon as I took it home and got it out of the box, it clicked with me. Meanings of certain cards were coming to me just flipping through the deck. This is going to be the one I can't put down. 
—Cricket. Aeclectic Tarot
$23.95
Sacred Rose Tarot Deck
Sacred Rose Tarot Deck

What customers are saying about The Sacred Rose Tarot

My impression of this deck is that if you were looking for power, you would find it here. Every person should be able to experience the wisdom held within these cards. Were I to offer my client a choice of decks (which I do), I think this deck would appeal to those who working towards personal empowerment.

There are many cards in this deck that I am drawn to. The Ten of Wands would certainly be one of them. We are used to the traditional image of an upright figure attempting to carry the ten wands. Here we see a figure on his back, hand pushing away the wands that are coming down on him. How many of us have not felt imprisoned by our responsibilities, to the point that we felt we were being attacked by them!

The Ace of Wands attracted my attention for another reason. The traditional hand with the wand in it is not coming from a cloud, but from the center of a red rose. What intense power we see manifested here!

The card of Death can be a difficult card for any deck. In the Sacred Rose Tarot, Johanna has cloaked the figure of death in a deep purple robe - the color of spirit. He still carries a scythe, but you get a bit of a different perception of him. Unlike traditional decks, where Death looks straight out at you, this figure is seen in silhouette, facing the past.

Then we have the Knight of Swords. Facing the reader, very intent and focused on the present, this Knight carries a sword in his left hand, moving forward through the fog with a look of intense concentration and determination on his face. The coloring for this card is dark purple and black.

This last card is a favorite of mine in many decks, and that is the Magician. Here we see a figure, dressed in red, with his arms upraised. Above his head we see a glowing Lemnescate. His body seems to float in space, with the symbols of the four elements surrounding him in glowing gold. An excellent portrayal of the will and absolute power that the Magician represents.

This is a deck that can be used by anyone, and can be used in many ways: in readings, in meditation, and in ritual, to name a few. This is a deck that a reader of any level could relate to and understand. It carries the gift of opening up the mind to accepting the archetypal wisdom that the Tarot personifies. This deck will take you out of who you are and point you into new directions!

—Bonnie Cehovet, Aeclectic Tarot


Back in the 1970s, when I first became involved with the tarot, I remember being very disappointed with the cards available at that time. Then along came the Sacred Rose. For the first time, here was imagery that was bright, clear in meaning, reflective and yet also very much alive. I never really took the tarot seriously until I encountered this deck, and even now, with many other fine and innovative decks having appeared on the scene, this is still the deck I consider the best. The images are reminiscent of stained glass, but really evoke an entirely different feeling than other decks. Rather than telling you what the cards mean, it seems as though the images draw their meanings out from the inside. In addition, there is none of the formal stodginess of traditional decks; you can almost smell the woods and flowers that illuminate the borders, and feel the forces the cards represent, something like looking toward the stars on a cold, clear night. If this all sounds a bit romantic, it is because the images are themselves romantic, and that kind of interaction is what successful use of the tarot is all about. This is a good deck for beginners as well as experienced readers, and is capable of producing readings from the mundane to the deepest of spiritual encounters. Highly recommended; don't leave your astral home without it.

—David Albert, Amazon customer


The Sacred Rose Tarot Deck by Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman is one of my favorite decks. Her use of imagery to convey the symbolic meanings of each of the cards is not only thoughtfully rendered, but is easy to understand and learn even for beginning tarot card readers. I love her use of color and shape to energize and give fluidity to the compositional elements of each card. Even though this deck was published in the 80's the cards are as relevant and powerful today as they were in its first introduction. A great deck for both collectors and mystics.

—Pamela Wells, Amazon customer

$21.95
Shaman Wisdom Cards
Shaman Wisdom Cards

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SHAMAN WISDOM CARDS:

I feel that these cards have great power. Used with humility and respect, they can be a true tool of empowerment and transformation.

-- Bonnie Cehovet, on Aeclectic Tarot


The Shaman Wisdom cards, by Leita Richesson are, by far, the best divination deck I have ever used. The cards are uncannily accurate and address the question/concern in a healing way, not just matter-of-factly. The cards also help the querent to grow through personal transformation.

The deck is not based on the Tarot. Instead, it is numbered and divided into trees, moons (astrological signs), stones, plants, animals and directions. It's based on the Native American Shaman construct. There are 65 cards and an optional prayer to recite before starting. The enclosed pamphlet includes innovative spreads including the two-card Pole Spread, the three-card War Path Spread, and my favorite, the three-card Sacred Path spread. I find the deck very adaptable to innovation and I have successfully used spontaneous spreads.

I was amazed to find that the number correlation of the cards had an easily discernable significance. At least for me, it was easier with this deck, as opposed to the Cartouche or Daughters of the Moon (two of my favorite decks).

The deck itself is very soothing. The cards are a light Earth color with a Native American motif border and a picture of the object done in muted colors. You can easily slip into a light meditation just by shuffling the deck!

The message of each card is multi-dimensional. The layered meanings relate to your "medicine" or blessing/lesson of the card, the element's traditional usage, and advice or warning. The reader is discouraged from engaging an "ill-dignified" approach to an upside down card. Each card is feminine or masculine, has a direction, an element and a planet. But some also have a chakra, some have two directions, and some are both masculine and feminine. The other wonderful thing about this deck is that it can be used as a learning tool for those unfamiliar with Native American cosmology. I have been using the card a day method and learned a lot about myself, Native American cosmology, and shamanism. This deck has an amazing vibration. It's as though there's a luscious mellow aura surrounding the cards. In summary, this is a very spiritual deck that is truly special!

$21.95
Soul Cards Deck
Soul Cards Deck

What customers are saying about SoulCards

“Mysterious and revealing…these images help us to understand our own souls.”

—Isabel Allende, author of The House of Spirits


“Intensely soulful, original, and penetrating.”

—Clarissa Pinkola, author of Women Who Run with Wolves


“Deborah has created superb images to touch and embolden your own imagination.”

—David Whyte, author of Crossing the Unknown Sea


Done with beautiful colors you will find that there are no right and wrong answers for these cards. They are remarkable. There isn't a book that tells you what each image means, instead the pictures speak to you as the reader. These cards are great for readings.

The use of colors and the images themselves tell you what you need to know. As you can see in the images, you notice the colors and then the people and how they must feel or their thoughts. There are 60 cards in each Soul cards deck. They can be used separately or together to make the deck itself 120 cards.

There are subtle symbols in the cards themselves. One only has to look to see them. Again, these cards are a must for beginners and professionals.

Soul Cards 1: These powerfully evocative images to stimulate personal insight, creativity, inter-relational conversation and more. They speak directly to your soul. The only thing that accompanies these cards is a little booklet that suggests creative ways to deepen your experience of the cards and foster personal insight.

Deidrul, Aeclectic Tarot 

$24.95
SoulCards 2 Deck
SoulCards 2 Deck

 What customers are saying about SoulCards 2

“These cards are incredible. They are vessels of guidance through which people can allow insight from their interior to emerge into their conscious minds.”

—Caroline Myss, Ph.D. author of Anatomy of the Spirit andSacred Contracts


“Like windows into our deepest self, these magnificent cards are an invitation to profound self-discovery.”

—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. author of A Woman’s Book of Life


“These cards have an amazing spirit and presence within the. If you found the first set inspirational, this new collection will be even more so, reaching a new depth of power and resonance.”

—David Spangler, author of Blessing and The Call


Done with beautiful colors you will find that there are no right and wrong answers for these cards. They are remarkable. There isn't a book that tells you what each image means, instead the pictures speak to you as the reader. These cards are great for readings.

The use of colors and the images themselves tell you what you need to know. As you can see in the images, you notice the colors and then the people and how they must feel or their thoughts. There are 60 cards in each Soul cards deck. They can be used separately or together to make the deck itself 120 cards.

There are subtle symbols in the cards themselves. One only has to look to see them. Again, these cards are a must for beginners and professionals.

Soul Cards 2: Images drawn from depths of the human psyche. The images evoke profound insight and inspiration. This deck can stand fully on it's own but also enriches, compliments and expands the scope of the original deck. Again this set comes with a little booklet that suggests a wealth of ways to use the deck on it's own and in combination with the original deck.

Deidrul, Aeclectic Tarot 

$24.95
Spiral Tarot
Spiral Tarot

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SPIRAL TAROT:

The Spiral Tarot was my second tarot deck. I saw a few sample images online, and fell in love with the beauty of it. One of the problems I came across in learning the Tarot was that many of the decks available have very repetitive minor arcana cards. You might as well use a regular deck of playing cards. This is not so with the Spiral Tarot. Every single card of this deck, especially the Minor Arcana, tells a story. These cards will speak to you. Compare this deck to most and you will see that the artist actually took the time to artistically represent a situation to convey the meaning of the card to you. The colors are beautiful, the art is very well-drawn, meanings easily interpreted through the pictures.

-- Raven on Aeclectic Tarot


Though there are several decks I really love, this one is now my favorite Tarot deck, as it brings together many elements that are important to me. The deck is lusciously vibrant with rich color. Dark blue and also a lighter blue are predominant colors, carrying the background of the whole deck, which I think gives the entire deck a "Lunar" quality which supports our intuition and Lunar or Moon knowledge and abilities. Then too, Carl Jung knew the importance of bright color, how it attracts the unconscious, and I believe that the ability to work intuitively with a deck is enhanced when it has both rich colors and appropriate symbolic depth. The Major Arcana cards on this deck show the Kabbalah correspondences, depicting the Hebrew letters corresponding to the trumps, as well as depicting the particular Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. I have always felt disappointed with the Rider Waite deck, which, though it is hailed for its "correct" hermetic symbolism, to me is far too plain, even banal, in its color. The images of the Spiral Tarot, particularly the trumps but also the Minor Arcana, are more complex, saturated, dreamy and engaging, and I think that helps to feel energetically pulled in towards the cards, when you feel like you wouldn't mind walking right into that scene and being there to fully feel it. The Spiral Tarot sticks close to traditional depictions of the trumps and Minor Arcana, but renders them more compellingly.

-- D. Riverblue Cloudwalker on Amazon

$21.95
Spirit of the Wheel Meditation Deck
Spirit of the Wheel Meditation Deck

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SPIRIT OF THE WHEEL MEDITATION DECK:

This deck has awesome artwork and three word reminders on each card concerning the meaning described in the little book that comes in the deck. My recommendation is to lay the cards out on the floor in a medicine wheel (chart Included) so you can see how each card correlates and is placed in the Medicine wheel. I also burned sage and walked in a circle around the wheel blessing it and giving it my own personal power. I am picky about the tools I use for ritual, prayer and guidance. These cards speak to me, about the circle of life and walking it.

-- Thunderhands


The moment I received Spirit of the Wheel I knew that I had made a wise choice. I was truly excited and elated when it arrived and I opened the package to discover a truly beautiful and powerful deck.

Being of Native American heritage and brought up on the Native traditional path by my Blackfeet grandmother, I can honestly say I was very skeptical at first. I have seen many pseudo-native oracles and decks of so called native teaching but this deck is genuine and accurate. It is very easy to understand and a very pleasing medium to work with. Having done tarot readings myself for many years and working with many many decks I can say I was impressed and delighted when I used this deck in a reading with a client for the first time.

-- Crowdancer


I am Odawa/Potawatomi and believe that Gitchi Manitou did not give all the wisdom to one group of people, so recently became acquainted with oracle cards. I wanted some that I could use to do readings for my family and others back on the rez. Spirit of the Wheel portrays clans, moons, and manitous in a reverent, respectful way. The cards invite questions as opposed to hammering out ideas. This is a good cultural match for us, as most NDNs know that we all have to find our own path, and seek our own vision.

The suggested layouts are unique and have a nice feel to them (the pipe and sacred circle are very good). The booklet has some powerful ideas to guide you, but the cards are so clear that you will interpret them spontaneously for whatever the situation is.

If you are looking for Native oracle cards that will not offend your ancestors, your family, or your own cultural sensibilities, try this deck. It is probably the one you are seeking.

-- Honor Girl

$25.95
Spiritsong Tarot
Spiritsong Tarot

The Spiritsong Tarot is the deck I have been waiting for this year and Paulina Cassidy and U.S. Games, Inc. definitely knocked it out of the park with this one. The Spiritsong Tarot is a 78-card tarot deck with a 105-page guidebook. This wonderfully ties together the Tarot, Animal Guides, Native American Symbolism, and Shamanism.

The artwork is stunning. I love the use of soft pastel colors that we have grown used to seeing from Ms. Cassidy. The card backs feature two water lilies. The deck is reversible friendly. The companion guidebook gets right to business. It opens with a brief introduction and jumps right into the cards. The book is not fully illustrated but filled packed with information. For each card, you will find a message, keywords, a reversed message, and reversed keywords. At the end of the book, you will find a handful of spreads, 3 of which are original, which I find refreshing. The Spiritsong Tarot is a fantastic deck for those who are fans of Paulina Cassidy's other decks. For those unfamiliar with Animal Guides and Shaman or Native American Symbolism, this deck might take a little studying. That being said, I think this deck can be used by beginners through the professional as long as you are willing to spend some time with it.

—Terri Clement, ATA Reflections


The “Spiritsong Tarot”, by Paulina Cassidy, is a 78 card deck, accompanied by a 105-page guidebook, that follows the traditional framework of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Cassidy, whose work includes the Joie de Vivre Tarot, the Paulina Tarot, the Witchlings oracle, and the Faerie Guidance oracle, has added yet another level to the Tarot by placing animal guides in each card to act as gateways between the physical world and the spiritual world. Her selection was based on both Shamanic and Native American symbolism, matching the animal to the traditional attributes of the card., Queen, Knight, and Page.

In the introduction to the guidebook, Cassidy talks about bringing together the world of Tarot, and the world of animal guides. She also talks about the elemental signs and the four suits and their attributes. Each card is presented with the card title, the animal guide associated with it, the cards message, keywords, reversed message, and reversed keywords. At the end of the guidebook is a section on connecting with the cards, as well as templates for the following spreads: The Spiritsong Star Spread, the Spiritsong Healing Spread, the Spiritsong Tree of Life Spread, a One Card Oracle Reading and a Three Card Oracle Reading.

I love the gentle nature of the pastel coloring and the fantasy artwork, and the wonderful manner in which animal guides are introduced. This deck can be used for such diverse purposes as divination, meditation, card a day guidance, and personal growth (to name a few). It would also work well in a comparative reading, where the same cards are pulled from two or more decks, placed in the same template, and read together.

—Bonnie Cehovet, The World of Tarot blog  


I have to admit, this deck EXCEEDED my expectations. I expected soft and beautiful watercolor/ink images of animals, but the deck is so beautifully executed, printed (the colors are soft, but still very vibrant), and clever that I am just blown away.

It's based on RW, but reimagined with the characteristics (both physical and symbolically, drawn from many traditions) of animals. It's definitely a positive and gentle deck- there are definitions for card reversals, but the way the deck is designed is that an animal appears in a reading to guide you through whatever you are facing, good or bad.

The cards are on lovely sturdy cardstock, mostly matte, and are a little hard to shuffle at first but break in pretty quickly. The printing is beautiful- I especially love that the background and border for each image is slightly different- some cards are ecru, some a pale blue, some a very pale green. I love the look it gives the cards. The cards also feature two keywords on the bottom- normally I'm not a fan of that because I read intuitively, but since this deck is a slightly different take on traditional tarot and tarot imagery, I find the keywords useful.

—Chel Micheline, Amazon TOP 500 Reviewer

As a longtime admirer of Paulina’s art I was curious to see her new creation. I enjoy fantasy fairy art and this deck with pretty realistic animal pictures didn’t seem super exciting to me...Until I saw it! It’s absolutely gorgeous!! I am once again in awe of Paulina’s talent and an incredible work put into this deck! Each card is a window into it’s own magical world! A beautifully written explanation booklet too, with clear and inspiring messages. The cards are sturdy and smooth, a pleasure to work with! I am definitely buying this deck for my friends for the holidays!

—Natalie B, Amazon customer


This charming deck has soft and sweet energy, sure to become a collectors deck as well as a serene meditation tool and a source of real healing inspiration. I received it and had to buy two more immediately to share with animal and art lovers! It doesn't get any better!

—Marie Henderson, Amazon customer


If you love Paulina Cassidy’s previous decks you will have no problem falling for this one too.  Paulina’s style is so delicate and at the same time very powerful; I find it mesmerizing.  The pastel colors are soothing and the deck has a very calm, serene and healing energy to it.  There are 78 cards as in all traditional tarot decks but this deck is a bit different.  Some of the names have been changed to suit the energy of the deck.  

—Mary Nale, Attune Magazine

$23.95
Star-Spider Speaks Book
Star-Spider Speaks Book

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE STAR-SPIDER SPEAKS BOOK:

An absolute MUST for use with the Native American Tarot Deck

Anyone who enjoyed the Native American Tarot Deck must have this book. It completely explains both the meaning and the history behind each card, plus it provides insightful meditation points to strengthen your knowledge of this powerful, unusual deck.

-- L. Fletcher, Amazon customer


If you own the deck, you need to own this book!

This is the companion book to the Native American Tarot Deck. Though the small booklet included with the deck will get you started, this book will give you even more details and interpretations, not only of the cards but also of Native American teachings and beliefs. It also includes handy reference pages for comparing the Major Arcana symbolism across many beliefs & cultures and various card spreads to use for meditation.

-- Sam, Amazon customer

$9.95
Sun and Moon in a Tin
Sun and Moon in a Tin

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SUN AND MOON TAROT

Illustrator Vanessa Decort has created a stunning yet simple deck with her Sun And Moon Tarot. On close inspection, there is a richness and complexity that draws you in and lends new, subtle nuances to your tarot readings. Decort describes the deck this way: "The Sun And Moon Tarot considers universal archetypes and cultural symbols, and also incorporates the artist's own personal symbols."

Based on the Thoth deck, it stays true to the titles that Aleister Crowley used (ex: 7 of Pentacles - Failure; Art - Temperance; Princes and Princes rather than Knights and Pages). I've always been somewhat intimidated by the Thoth deck but Decort has taken that influence and infused it with an almost playful, childlike essence. This could be because she has a background as an illustrator for children's books or perhaps she simply wanted to deliver the wisdom of the Thoth deck in a more whimsical and accessible manner. The result is an inviting, fun deck that never loses its Thoth roots.

This is a well-made deck on sturdy card stock with a somewhat matte finish. It felt great in my hands, shuffled well and seemed built to last. This is very important to me as I tend to be hard on my decks through constant use. The back of the deck is a gorgeous black and white mandala - and it's reversible, another small detail that I like.

Each image is framed by white borders with titles (in English) and numbers clearly printed. Colors are bold yet muted. I especially liked the choices for the Minors suits - neutral, earthy tones for Earth; dark grey, burnt sienna and orange flames for Fire; rich midnight blue for Water; and light sky blue for Air. These color schemes make sense and allow the reader to instantly know which suit they are working with before they even glance at the title.

There are strong Kabbalah and alchemy influences throughout the deck - each Major has a Hebrew letter and the elemental symbols appear on every minor. Yogic images are scattered about - fro the OM symbol in the Hermit to the dancing Shiva as the Universe (World)!

The Major Arcana is especially rich with symbols - the yin and yang in the Temperance and the Phoenix in the Death card convey the meanings clearly. Astrological symbols are featured throughout the Majors - for example, the Cancer symbol on the chest of the driver in The Chariot or the ram's heads and lamb (Aries) in the Emperor.

One of the things I liked the best about this deck was the multicultural imagery. Rather than "standard" RWS people, there are all races represented here - black, white, dark haired, redheads and more. This gives the deck a "modern" appeal and I happen to like that as my own personal life is diverse - so seeing this detail made me feel more connected to the deck.

I'm giving this deck two Swords up. It is a unique and interesting deck for any tarot lover's collection.

—Theresa Reed, “The Tarot Lady”

$18.95
Sun and Moon Tarot
Sun and Moon Tarot

What customers are saying about Sun and Moon Tarot

Illustrator Vanessa Decort has created a stunning yet simple deck with her Sun And Moon Tarot. On close inspection, there is a richness and complexity that draws you in and lends new, subtle nuances to your tarot readings. Decort describes the deck this way: "The Sun And Moon Tarot considers universal archetypes and cultural symbols, and also incorporates the artist's own personal symbols."

Based on the Thoth deck, it stays true to the titles that Aleister Crowley used (ex: 7 of Pentacles - Failure; Art - Temperance; Princes and Princes rather than Knights and Pages). I've always been somewhat intimidated by the Thoth deck but Decort has taken that influence and infused it with an almost playful, childlike essence. This could be because she has a background as an illustrator for children's books or perhaps she simply wanted to deliver the wisdom of the Thoth deck in a more whimsical and accessible manner. The result is an inviting, fun deck that never loses its Thoth roots.

This is a well-made deck on sturdy card stock with a somewhat matte finish. It felt great in my hands, shuffled well and seemed built to last. This is very important to me as I tend to be hard on my decks through constant use. The back of the deck is a gorgeous black and white mandala - and it's reversible, another small detail that I like.

Each image is framed by white borders with titles (in English) and numbers clearly printed. Colors are bold yet muted. I especially liked the choices for the Minors suits - neutral, earthy tones for Earth; dark grey, burnt sienna and orange flames for Fire; rich midnight blue for Water; and light sky blue for Air. These color schemes make sense and allow the reader to instantly know which suit they are working with before they even glance at the title.

There are strong Kabbalah and alchemy influences throughout the deck - each Major has a Hebrew letter and the elemental symbols appear on every minor. Yogic images are scattered about - fro the OM symbol in the Hermit to the dancing Shiva as the Universe (World)!

The Major Arcana is especially rich with symbols - the yin and yang in the Temperance and the Phoenix in the Death card convey the meanings clearly. Astrological symbols are featured throughout the Majors - for example, the Cancer symbol on the chest of the driver in The Chariot or the ram's heads and lamb (Aries) in the Emperor.

One of the things I liked the best about this deck was the multicultural imagery. Rather than "standard" RWS people, there are all races represented here - black, white, dark haired, redheads and more. This gives the deck a "modern" appeal and I happen to like that as my own personal life is diverse - so seeing this detail made me feel more connected to the deck.

I'm giving this deck two Swords up. It is a unique and interesting deck for any tarot lover's collection.

—Theresa Reed, “The Tarot Lady”

 

 

$21.95