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Fantastical Creatures Tarot Cards – 1 Sep 2007

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: US Games Inc; Tcr Crds/B edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572815418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572815414
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina Campbell on 16 April 2010
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I took a risk buying this deck since there were no reviews on Amazon thus far - but I am very glad that I did. Before buying, I had heard that this deck was not recommended for beginners; however, this was in fact my first deck and I thought that the cards were wonderful.

They are a perfect size and have a nice feel to them; the art is amazing and I never grow tired of looking at them. I have owned them for almost exactly a year now, and they still remain as the only tarot deck I own - and probably will for a long, long time.

The mythical creatures are drawn beautifully and the lovely art allows you to 'see' a lot more; they open you up to many different interpretations rather than just being confined to the 'book' definitions of each card - which, after a few weeks, I almost completely dismissed. Although admittedly hard when I first started, I can now read them with ease, and it is safe to say that my friends are always shocked by how accurate the readings are.

If you are a beginner, I would recommend this deck. Unlike some decks, there is a lot more detail to these than just, say, a plain symbol. It is this that helps you remember the 'meaning' of each card - at least, until you become more comfortable with them (and also makes them a lot more interesting!).

A lovely tarot deck; I'd definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 28 Dec. 2012
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The artwork on these cards is beautiful. It really draws you into them. An excellent addition to my Tarot collection
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These are beautiful! Bought them for Mother's day, she was delighted. The pictures are so majestic and finished to a high standard, delivered in good time and are a fraction of the price in comparison to those sold in 'rock' and 'magical' shops :) would highly recommend
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Slippery deck! 21 Jun. 2008
By pianopraze - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful, mystical deck. I almost did not buy it because other reviews warned "this is not a beginners deck" and that it did not line up with traditional decks. However the deck kept calling out to me so I purchased it off Amazon. I am a beginner and I find this deck teaches me and leads me to greater understandings.

I would have to agree that this is not a "beginners deck" because it is the most slippery, tricky, insightful deck I have come across. It has a very definite personality. Where other Tarot decks will give you accurate, pedantic readings. This deck, for me anyway, gives deeply incisive readings full of sassy and sometimes humorous insight.

If you want just the facts get another deck. If you enjoy a deck with personality and are not put off that it has a mind of it's own (very stubborn! - it keeps saying what it wants when it wants!) then this deck is wonderful. It will show you deeply (too deep for most people as it shows stuff you don't want to confront or admit even to yourself!). But beware - this deck is sassy!!!

The artwork is absolutely gorgeous. It does not try to follow tradition, but I find they speak wonderfully to my intuition. The only real break is with arcane 15 which is renamed "chains" but I personally like this change and find it consistent with the readings.

One final warning: those that want to keep their belief in the lie of the material universe walk away and do not purchase this deck. As Friedrich Nietzsche so eloquently says: "When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you."
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Finally!! 7 Sept. 2008
By Angelina H. - Published on Amazon.com
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It may seem that the world of Tarot is entirely overrun with copy-cat decks and deck "creators" who barely know a thing about magick and mysticism. That is not the case with this deck (nor is it ever the case with D.J. Conway!).
First of all, this deck is really original. It's not a remake of a bajillion other decks. The Fantastical Creatures are not ones you have heard of, at least not most of them. But that is only part of what makes this deck so exciting. The fact is that after more than a decade as a Tarot reader, a Witch, a Ceremonial Magician, and a student the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, I see in this deck that Conway grasps the underlying mystical, magickal sense of each card more fully and deeply than, really, almost anybody else out there who has produced a Tarot deck. I feel that the Fantastical Creatures Tarot is comparable in depth to the Haindl. And the artwork is just gorgeous; the scenes are enthralling, and the quality of the cards themselves is excellent, too. I also like that the cards are sized for a normal person's hands, not sized as though they were created for some giant! Another great thing about this deck is that if you have older children or teens, they can use this as a great deck which will capture their imagination and "grow" in meaning as the young people grow in their ability to understand. Such is not the case with other decks that children are typically introducted to, such as the Whimsical, the Hello Kitty, or the Starter Tarots. And, of course, the Fantastical Creatures has no "blinds" to deal with like the Rider-Waite. All in all, a great deck.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Deck for Anyone Who Loves Fantasy 25 Aug. 2008
By Dandylioness - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love fantasy, it's hard not to fall in love with the imagery on this lovely deck from the illustrator Lisa Hunt and writer D.J. Conway. The Fantastical Creatures Tarot features beings of myth and legend from all over the world. Stock fairytale figures such as dragons and unicorns rub shoulders with more obscure creatures like the Simurgh, a half-bird, half-mammal creature from Persian lore. Pagan deities, including Neptune and Circe, and legendary figures such as the Sumerian hero Gilgamesh also make an appearance in this eclectically-inspired deck.

Hunt also successfully varies mood and atmosphere. Cards like the Page of Pentacles, featuring a cute flower fairy, have a whimsical feel, while the hunched gray figure of the Minotaur on the 10 of Wands gives a suitably solemn feeling of weary oppression. Others are somewhat frightening or disturbing, such as the the glaring figure of Medusa as the Hanged Man. Still others shine with an surreal beauty, such as the wise Russian Firebird in The Star card. (Tip: Search for the deck's official website. There are images of all of the cards.)

This deck shares some of the peculiarities of previous Hunt/Conway collaborations, including a stated Air/Wands and Fire/Swords association and retitling The Devil card as Chains. In other respects the deck follows standard R-W structure, but does not echo R-W in the illustrations. There is no nudity, and this should be an inoffensive deck for all audiences.

Some have stated disappointment that the deck did not come with a full-sized guidebook. However, the LWB provides more information than many similar booklets, and I think the limited size may have cut down on the filler found in many larger books. For each card Conway provides a brief description of the creature featured, a divinatory meaning, and a magical use. The magical use is a one or two sentence suggestion (i.e. "Use in protection spells.") which leave room for creativity for those who want to use this and is unobtrusive for those who don't.

I did have some problems with the LWB. The divantory meanings were often trite and less useful than the description above them. They also sometimes clashed with the description or even with the brief "cheat sheet" cards that come with the deck. Some of the descriptions also seemed to substitute personal or modern interpretations for traditional lore, which was not always immediately obvious. For example, The Lovers features a faun, which Conway describes as having the legs and ears of a deer, and more gentle temperament than the Greek satyrs. Other sources I've checked describe fauns as looking and behaving exactly like the goat-hooved satyrs. Conway seems to mistakenly be associating the words faun and fawn and also providing her own interpretation of the creature.

Overall, however, my disappointments with book did not lessen my enjoyment of the deck enough to warrant docking a star. I highly recommend this deck to all fantasy lovers and to any fan of Hunt's previous work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A portable encyclopedia of mythological creatures 11 May 2009
By Neko-san - Published on Amazon.com
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The Fantastical Creatures Tarot is fantasy themed tarot which focus on creatures from our world collective mythologies. In fact, this deck is more than just another tarot deck, it's a portable illustrated encyclopedia of mythological creatures.

This beautifully illustrated deck by Lisa Hunt is definitely not for beginners. It is difficult to tell the meaning of a card by just looking at the image on it unless you are already familiar with the creatures depicted.

The imagery in these cards are surrounded with an ornate vine-like border. These cards are labeled in English within a scroll at the bottom.

The Major Arcana are numbered at the top with roman numerals, starting at 0 with The Fool. On these cards, The Devil has been renamed Chains. This happens to be one of my favorites cards, which depicts the great wolf Fenris safely chained until Ragnarok, a nod to the norse mythology.

The Minor Arcana are labeled at the top with a symbol corresponding to their suits: wands, swords, pentacles and cups. As expected, creature from related elements are grouped within the suits. Water creatures are shown in cups, and earth creatures in pentacles. However, the suit correspondence for wands and swords has been swapped; air creatures are shown in wands and fire creatures in swords. These cards subtly incorporate the suit symbols within the imagery.

The deck comes with two quick reference cards, one for the Major Arcana, and another for the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana are referenced by name, creature's name and short phrase. The Minor Arcana are referenced just by name and short phrase. These reference cards are great, but it would have been better if the reference card for the Minor Arcana included the creature's name, which they probably drop due to space limitations.

There is also a fold-out mat which contain five layouts: Present Life Challenges, The Pyramid, Decision Layout, Changes Layout, and Expanded Celtic Cross. Unfortunately, the mat is not big enough to place the cards on the layouts.

I recommend this deck for tarot collects who like fantasy or creature themed decks. This deck come with a fitting box, a Little White Book and a fold-out layout mat.

Other decks by Lisa Hunt:
The Fairy Tale Tarot
Animals Divine Tarot
The Celtic Dragon Tarot Kit
Shapeshifter Tarot
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and difficult, but in a good way. 24 Mar. 2013
By FallynRaiyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a pretty new Tarot student and if I had realized this deck wasn't for beginners I probably wouldn't have bought it. And boy would that have been a mistake! This deck has showed me insights into the cards the way other decks never have. Especially Chains, as opposed to The Devil that you find in other decks. It makes sense. I've fallen in love with some of these creatures, They all have something to say. If the messages seem incoherent or confusing you're probably looking too hard.
This deck is nothing if not a forceful teacher, the same cards will pop up over and over again until you "get it". I was struggling with the Ace of Pentacles, I didn't understand the image. It's a little house elf holding a star made out of sticks, standing between an apple tree and a chopped down tree with gold coins hidden under it. I didn't understand the message it was trying to send. The look on the elf's face seemed overly bright and really creepy to me and the descriptions didn't really help any. After staring at it for awhile after it popped up for about the 20th time in the past few days I showed it to my 11 year old that was sitting nearby. Asked her what she thought of the card and she said "He made that. See the axe, He made the star and he's proud of himself."
Oh. DUH. The meaning immediately hit me, I've been trying too hard with this card, we make our own wealth, we are the master of our own opportunities, it is up to us to use the materials around us to go in the right direction. ......But rest assured this deck was not going to let me go until I learned that.
It's just what I needed.
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