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Animals Divine Tarot [Paperback]

Lisa Hunt
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5 Sep 2005
Winner of a 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award Ever present in art and mythology, animals have made an indelible impression on our psyche. The Animals Divine Tarot can help us reconnect with the natural world and tune into animal energies for a more intuitive, insightful outlook on life. Gorgeous and graceful, Lisa Hunt's watercolor imagery showcases sacred creatures and deities from a myriad of cultures: Aztec, Incan, Indian, Japanese, African, Native American, Greek, Roman, and others. Bast, the cat-headed goddess of Egypt, proudly fulfills the High Priestess role while the adventurous coyote treads a rocky path as The Fool. Inspiring imagination and contemplation, this soulful tarot deck invites us to recognize our inner creatures and merge with our animal energies. Click here to view the artwork of the Animals Divine Tarot.


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Box Pck Tc edition (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738703214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738703213
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the Divine Through Animal Guides 14 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of Lisa Hunt's artwork, so it seemed natural to review her new deck. I received the box set which contains the deck, a companion book, a bag to store the cards in and comes in a nice, attractive box featuring her artwork.
The deck itself is a breath of fresh air. First, the reverse color of the deck is a pale yellow with a gold stamped design of three flying birds and a triple spiral, reminiscent of Celtic designs. Very attractive and a much needed relief from the dark or black reverses on many decks. It sets the theme for the rest of the deck. Bright, colorful and airy is the description to give to the overall look of the deck.
The deck size is 2 " by a little over 4 ". Nice hand size, the deck shuffles agreeably and fits well. There are 78 cards in the deck, plus two cards which illustrate "spreads" suggested for use with the deck.
There are 22 "Major Arcana" cards, numbered 0 to 21. Each illustration is bordered by a gold and white border, with the name of the card and number at the bottom, and the subject of the card at the top, to make correspondence easier for folks used to using the traditional tarot deck. The similarities stop here. This deck now progresses off on the path that Ms. Hunt wants to proceed on, which is the influences of animals and various Deities. The Coyote is depicted as the Fool, Cerridwen as the Magician, Bast as the High Priestess. Except for the Wheel, which is labeled "All Animals" the Major Arcana's focus is upon Deity and it's animal association.
The artwork itself is stunning; very detailed and lifelike. If you take the focus the artist has for the deck, you can see the stories, as outlined in the book, and reflection upon these does give you insight into the meanings of the cards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By J Rose
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I absolutely love this deck. I love animals and the art work is amazing. The deck is great for intuative work. I've done readings for others and been spot on. There is something subtle about this deck rather than dynamic. It holds a quaint charm and the cards are perfect for my hand size, unlike some other decks which are larger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarot 25 July 2013
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I am a tarot reader and this was my first deck, very lovely pretty deck and all the cards tell their own story - after awhile the cards stopped talking to me and chose another person. Good product easy to learn and read from (DON'T READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL, read the cards and feel what they are telling you!)

Quick delivery, well packaged and very smart and good to work with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice link between animal guides and tarot 21 Jun 2012
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I found the reviews of these cards to be accurate. Very easy in the hand and being new to the tarot I was a bit worried I had taken on too much with a non traditional deck. But the book is easy to use and many of the representations are similar to the aminal guide meanings. I love the animals represented on the minor arcana and the majors are all accompanied by animals. This deck is a great mix of animal and the tarot
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful Deck that Speaks to the Soul 29 Sep 2005
By Mary E. Gutierrez - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a professional tarot reader with over 20 years of experience and I collect tarot decks as a hobby. The Animals Divine Tarot by Lisa Hunt is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring decks I have ever run across in my 10+ years of collecting tarot decks. The watercolors come to life with bright, vibrant colors that stir the soul. The animals depicted look incredibly life-like and the Artist also paid a great deal of attention to the background. Her efforts have resulted in the creation of a deck that is both useful and beautiful - a rare combination these days with myriad of decks published each year.

The accompanying book is very thorough, written by the Artist herself, as opposed to the common practice of the publisher matching the artist up with a professional writer who writes the interpretation of the cards. Ms. Hunt goes through a blow-by-blow interpretation of the main symbols depicted on each card, the significance of that particular animal being depicted, and each card description then ends with its tarot interpretation.

If you love tarot and if you love animals and art, this deck is a definite MUST-HAVE!

Blessings!

Dr. Mary E. Gutierrez

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Where Magick is a Way of Life!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals Divine - A Fresh New Perspective 6 Sep 2005
By Tohora 1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Animals Divine Tarot is a gorgeous deck that follows Rider-Waite structure and incorporates original symbolism. Artist Lisa Hunt uses well-chosen myths, and gods and goddesses from many cultures to breathe new life into the major arcana and court cards. Animals, birds, insects and a variety of sea life prowl, swim, prance, meander, climb, slither, flutter and fly through the minor arcana. Truly this is a deck in motion, mirroring the constant changes and cycles of the earth and all of her life forms.

The art is exceptional and the imagery powerful and evocative. When first looking through the deck, I could not put the cards down. Each one beckons you to enter and once drawn in you are transported to a magical place where the spoken or written word is extraneous and meaningless. Each time there is something new to experience.

I found myself smiling and nodding in recognition of some of the visual interpretations, whilst others were a bit more difficult to grasp at first. Further pondering upon those more difficult to grasp has proven to be very rewarding. The animals are wonderful teachers. I am delighted by the new understandings that Lisa Hunt's fresh use of symbols has facilitated.

The accompanying book is well done and fairly detailed and includes some writing about each card, two spreads especially designed for the deck, and thoughts on meditation and connecting with the images. I haven't used either of the spreads, but have used the deck in a few readings for others and the insights shared through the imagery have proven to be relevant and helpful.

The cards themselves come alive beyond the book to lend new insights and imagery to old themes. The Empress represented by Hera, languishes comfortably upon a rock, bare feet grazing the grass. A cow stands behind her. A peacock is to her left (the right side of the card). Only the body and head of the peacock are visible; the tail is hidden. In the forefront and all around the peacock colorful flowers bloom. This seems to suggest that the Empress is highly creative, but uses her creativity to nurture and beautify the earth. Instead of parading it around for show and solely personal gain (peacock's tail) the colorful flowers embody instead the fruit of her creative endeavors.

I especially love Lisa's choices for the court cards; White Buffalo Calf Woman, Poseidon, NaNa Buluku, Ahau Kin and Quetzalcoatl to name a few. These mythic figures capture an archetypal energy that offers another layer of interpretation and meaning; perhaps a more pure one.

Another choice I find particularly meaningful for humanity today is her use of Sedna for the Death key. Other favorite majors include Tara as Strength, Thunderbirds as The Tower, and Xochiquetzal as Temperance. Favorite minor arcana animals include Tiger as the Three of Pentacles, Firefly as the Ace of Wands, Whale as the Ten of Cups, Crow as the Nine of Swords and Alligator as the Five of Cups. Altogether the animals, myths, and legends weave a magical tapestry of wisdom that speaks to the Soul.

Animals Divine may not be the best choice for beginners interested in learning the traditional symbols. It is an excellent deck for anyone wishing to read intuitively, for those desiring a fresh new perspective, for animal and nature lovers, and for those just wanting a feast for the eyes.

After watching the progress of and eagerly anticipating this deck's release, I was delighted to find it was even lovelier than I had imagined it would be. Animals Divine has already become a favorite and I'm certain it will withstand the test of time.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous, Unique Deck 22 May 2006
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
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"The animals that are showcased in the Animals Divine Tarot serve to bridge the divide between conscious resistance and unconscious knowledge. Their appearance is one that can help you to re-center and redefine who you are. If you tune into animals, you can learn to tune into yourself and identify the wealth of potential that lies within your grasp." - From the companion book

According to author and artist Lisa Hunt, re-establishing a connection with animals can help us better understand the deep layers of the human psyche. By observing all manner of wildlife--such as the predatory instincts of a shark or the diligence of a beaver--we can marvel and appreciate each unique expression. With further contemplation, we can examine how wildlife behavior may apply to our life, including developing insight for navigating situations and cultivating growth.

With the Animals Divine Tarot, Ms. Hunt has created 78 exquisite, luminous paintings of animals, reptiles, insects, fowl, and fish--marrying them with mythological figures from around the world. Many cultures honor the sacredness of animals, which often accompany gods and goddesses, with some of these divine beings actually shapeshifting into various animals.

For the Major Arcana, each card highlights a different myth connected to a particular animal, god, or goddess. The Trickster Coyote, a beloved figure in Native American lore, makes an appearance as The Fool. The elephant-headed god Ganesha, a mover of obstacles according to Hindu mythology, is The High Priest (Hierophant) in this deck, while the Welsh goddess Rhiannon represents the archetypal Shadow (Devil). The fierce but glorious Thunderbirds make their appearance on The Tower, and Horus epitomizes the blazing energy of The Sun.

Various deities from all over the world depict the varied approaches of the court cards, while critters majestic and tiny comprise the Minor Arcana. For example, caterpillars transform on the 6 of Wands card, the tiger embodies the 3 of Pentacles, the flapping, flailing heron reflects the 10 of Swords, while distracted dolphins swim on the 7 of Cups.

Although the 198-page companion book to the Animals Divine Tarot doesn't mention traditional Rider-Waite-Smith imagery, symbolism, or numerology (except for a brief mention of the elements), the card interpretations are mostly consistent with these meanings. Ms. Hunt offers a rich repository for lore and symbol, but reminds readers that delving into the art on each card--and the realm of each animal--will yield unique, unexpected revelations for those who take the time for contemplation.

Ms. Hunt does not discuss reversals in the companion book, and in a refreshing departure from the norm, there is no mention of rituals for "cleansing" or storing your deck. Three spreads are included in the back of the book, while two of the layouts are illustrated on separate cards.

The satiny cards measure approximately 4 2 inches, resulting in easy shuffling. The card backing depicts a bronze mandala in the center of a cream-colored background, rendering the deck fully reversible. In addition to the deck and companion book, the Animals Divine Tarot set includes a black organdy bag and a cardboard box for storage.

Unless you're quite attuned to animal energies and world mythologies, you'll likely be unable to use this deck "out of the box". Therefore, as a Tarot deck, I don't feel it's good for beginners. (However, if you're new to Tarot but have used animal oracle decks with success, you should be just fine.) Ms. Hunt's adept interpretations of her visions for the cards will ably equip readers to use Animals Divine Tarot for oracular and meditative purposes. Her intimate knowledge of wildlife will no doubt add breadth and depth to any reader's repository of associations.

I've found this deck to be surprisingly pointed in its guidance, with each reading providing accurate, relevant insight. The artwork is gorgeous, making the Animals Divine Tarot a must for deck collectors, as well as those with an affinity for animal totems, shamanism, and animal-themed mythos.

(To see 10 images from the Animals Divine Tarot, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine is an accurate description 1 Aug 2005
By Mama Cocha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just received my kit and I cannot be more pleased. At first glance, the companion book appears interesting, informative and well written. The cards feel comfortable in my hands and shuffle easily. The card stock is quite sturdy and should last through years of heavy use. The art itself is something to behold and it really speaks to me. I am an animal lover so this deck looks like it will fit my needs perfectly. At this point, I cannot find anything to dislike about this deck.

I've been reading tarot for many years and I can safely say that this deck looks like it will soon become my favorite. I give it my highest recommendation. I'll post an update after I've used it for a while, but at this point I want to thank Lisa Hunt for creating something that I feel deep within my heart will become a most cherished possesion and tool for reading.

Ps. I just love her representation of Mama Cocha as the Queen of Cups!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY BEAUTIFUL DECK!! 23 Dec 2006
By pwindsinspirations - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This Deck Is A Keeper! I relate to Animals a great deal and the art work draws me into each card. It is very importaint to "feel Part Of The Cards" and these allow me to do so. I have bought many decks that were bragged about just to be disapointed...The in-Depth descriptions of each card and the multi- symbols on each allow me to go into the pictures and see and feel the energy I need to to get a true feeling for what I am seeking. I am a Cancer and I need to feel my way around the symbols, absorb the energy.. not just look at the art work. These cards were so well thought out that I can do just that! They come with a FULL SIZED book, of nearly 200 pages, not a flimsy little stapled booklet made so it will fit into the deck box. I found my cards FINALLY!
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