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Barbara Walker Tarot Deck [Misc. Supplies]

Barbara Walker
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Product details

  • Misc. Supplies: 78 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games; Gmc Crds edition (1 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880792922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880792929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.3 x 10.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,259,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Misc. Supplies
I had no problem at all with the image someone else was so repulsed by. The image is of Kali eating the entrails from a corpse. It sounds pretty grusome but it is a common depiction of the Hindu goddess Kali. It is not disgusting or repulsive.
Personally I couldn't use these particular cards but that is not to say there is anything wrong with them. Choosing a tarot pack is a very personal thing and I wouldn't advise people either way on any deck, I just wanted to shed a little light on the review calling the deck repulsive because they were clearly unfamiliar with the concept of the Goddess as being anything other than fluffy and nice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic deck 9 May 2010
By Antares
Format:Misc. Supplies
This was the first tarot deck I ever owned, and it has always been the best. In 15+ years of using the tarot, I've never found a deck that will give me such clear, accurate readings. It also has more personality to it than any other deck I've ever seen or used, helping you to interact with it as you would with an older female relative; you'll get it straight, no sweet talking!
It definitely is not a fluffy deck - it has no problem pointing out problems and doesn't gloss over unpleasant things, but I find it useful to have these pointed out, as these things still need to be tackled. There is a kindness to it though.
It has a strong female bias, and the artist obviously believes in female empowerment. She also made the Court cards as gods and goddesses from different pantheons- the Prince of Swords is Tyr, and the Queen of Swords is Kali, for example. The Minor Arcana cards are titled (10Cups as Salvation). All cards have the names in five languages (French, Italian, Spanish and German as well as English).
As an added bonus, this is not a supersized deck - even people with small hands, like me, can use it comfortably. In other, standard sized decks, I sometimes have to leave out the court cards or the Major Arcana in order to shuffle. The images in it are still clear and easy to read.
The cards I bought 15+ years ago have been well used, and are still going strong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woman - Eats Man! 6 May 2012
Format:Misc. Supplies
This is a fully-illustrated deck, with a strong feminist bent. All the cards have rather wide white borders, within which each card's title and number are contained, and although it limits the size of the images, Barbara Walker's artwork is beautifully executed. Also within the borders, the information is printed in English, Italian, Spanish, French and German.

The Court cards of the Minor Arcana are 'Princess', 'Prince', 'Queen', and 'King', and each one depicts various gods, goddesses, mythical figures and archetypes, e.g. 'Princess of Swords' is 'Skuld' (leader of Norse death angels); 'Prince of Wands' is 'Dagon' (the dual-natured consort of the cyclic goddess Atargatis); 'Queen of Cups' is 'Virginal' (the Ice Queen); 'King of Pentacles' is 'Baal' (the Mountain God). It has to be said that the Minor cards pack quite a punch and are not for the faint-hearted. The 'Queen of Swords', 'Kali', is shown squatting on the body of a man, eating his internal organs!

I find this to be a really fascinating deck, very emotive. Barbara Walker has had a rich and varied career, with one of her greatest successes being that she produced ten books of knitting patterns and designs. For more information on this deck and its author, read 'The Secrets of the Tarot', by Walker herself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Walker Tarot 28 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Misc. Supplies
The Barbara Walker tarot cards are easy to read. The names of each card are printed in five languages- English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian; and the minor arcana have key words on them to help you remember the meaning of each of the cards. The only thing that might be a negative for this deck is the fact that some of the artwork might be disturbing to some people- the deck has a Paganistic theme to it that illustrates both good and evil forces. I personally like this deck and use it for my readings.
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2 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repulsed by the imagery of one card 30 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Misc. Supplies
I didn't expect the cards to be upsetting. I had seen one or two in a book and that's what made me buy them. When I saw one card depicting the guts being eaten out of a body I was totally repulsed by it. I couldn't even keep the cards in the house and feel at ease, nor could I pass them on. I burned them. They are horrible cards. I can't think of anyone I could use these cards with as I know people in general are nervous of tarot and it's users. This would have heightened the fear. I would strongly advise against buying them. I certainly regret ever setting eyes on that picture and can't figure out why she chose such a scene. Don't waste your money. I wouldn't have awarded one star to these cards but there's no facility for no marks at all.
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