Ya that's right, I like the thin, matte cards better than the As Above deck. Much easier to shuffle, and the texture is pleasing. The two decks look great together. I've done readings using both already. I would really love to develop even more spreads than the ONE (really?) that the book provides.
Feminine deck through and through. I don't bother using it for mens' readings. It's also difficult for me to do readings about companies or other entities, but that could be personal.
If you know your Smith-Waite, this follows right along. Colors are used to excellent effect. The Tower, for instance, has a woman in red and her environment is blue. She's got a phone to her ear and dropped her mug of coffee in shock at the news she's just received. Sudden, shocking fear - a root chakra response, red... her personal world is unstable, unknown, and feels colder and more unforgiving in light of this news - blue.
One thing that is unusual is that the court cards of the same suit depict the same person in different phases of expression. There's men for both pentacles and chalices (cups) and women for swords and wands. This is the opposite of Hermetic wisdom. So, is the deck asserting that we all contain anima and animus, male and female qualities? Sure, but I thought the Tarot was a depiction of archetypes.
Anyway, there's a Knave (page) with the symbol of the element above (air-swords, fire-wands, water-chalices, earth-pentacles). Knight is the waxing moon. Queen is the full moon. King is the waning moon.
Every ace card has a hand brandishing the symbol of the suit. Of course, these are modified a bit in keeping with the Wicca theme of the deck. Every other card has at least one person in the image and they are all ordinary people.
I feel that the cards are of great benefit to the sensitive female client who needs something soft without being fluffy. There's a few cards, 3 swords, 5 chalices, that appropriately depict their negative themes. But overall, the images are of everyday scenes that almost anyone could relate to right away. The Death card is of a woman selling her house, and the husband is in the background packing boxes into the back of a car. Colors are purple (terminal, Pluto) and orange (expansion, Jupiter). Something must die to create growth in character and make room for new experiences. This seems like a divorce shown in this card. The change is emotionally troublesome but there is hope and understanding already here if we acknowledge it.
This deck together with its companion make an excellent personal set for your own readings, or it can be used for friends and family as it seems very personal. Anyone who likes a bit of idealism and fantasy, or a holistic, earthy approach to the occult, will appreciate it too. There are other decks far better for the professional, though... because they are versatile in their meaning and don't insist a certain frame of reference.