Each card in this fully illustrated 78-card deck is a magical flight to a feline world where Baroque cats slink and sashay through gardens, palaces, inns and theatres. Accompanied by a booklet.
That out of the way, the deck itself is superb. Every image is a joy. Some of the images are sad, some are rather whimsical, some are funny (in an ironic kind of way). The cats attend masqued balls, go to the theatre, ride through Prague's elegant streets, all the time illustrating the archetypal truths embodied in the 78 cards of the Tarot. Cats aside, it's a traditional deck with 22 Major Arcana; the 56 Minors are divided up into the usual 4 suits. It is good for readings. The book that goes with it is well-written- not pretentious and not fluffy-bunny (fluffy-cat ?) either, just useful and interesting.
The creators of this deck also created the Tarot of Prague. I felt then that they would not be able to surpass themselves, so excellent was that deck.In fact, I think they have. Beginners could use these cards, I think, but it has something for everybody. Except those who really can't abide cats.
I love how all the cats used are different, all caught in a moment when the expression is the strongest. Once I gazed at the King of Swords, the intensity of his eyes never leaves me.
Another thing I like about this deck is how the visual interpretations are given a creative twist. One can easily recognize the connection with the well known Rider deck and use this previous knowledge, but here you also get a new take on it. BBCats demonstrates how the creators' artistic expertise is combined with deep Tarot knowledge and understanding, not to mention that they definitely "know" cats!
The book is thoroughly researched and very well written, but in a simple to grasp language, making the reading a pleasure. There is a Cat's Interpretation for each card as well, and if it does not add a significant insight, it definitely cracks a wide smile!
One can never get tired of this deck, always discovering a new piece of lace, a hidden symbol or another silent cat message. This is a deck with a timeless quality, going against all simplicity and minimalism. Baba studio have definitely rediscovered the old-forgotten formula, where no detail is ever too many.
The only question is whether we are ready to appreciate this style and such a high quality today . And we better be...!
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