Tarot, being an image-focused medium, so obviously lends itself to a transparent medium that one wonders why this idea hasn't been taken up beforehand!
Whatever the reasons, British artist/Tarotist Emily Carding has now created a full 78-card Tarot deck in transparent acetate that puts this particular Tarot collector's radar on high alert.
Firstly to the contents of the box - a full deck, a white reading cloth (an absolute necessity!) and a well-thought out book of 280 pages.
The premise of the deck is this: take the images on the Tarot and layer them up into brand new composite images and let your intuition run riot!
It's fantastic fun!
Each card has been distilled down into what Emily regards as the single essence of that card and into a simple image. I love all the images, but if pressed, have to say that I am less keen on the Court Cards structure than the other cards.
As far as downsides go - limited criticism from this Tarotist :-)
Let's see....ok, you need to be careful when handling the cards because
it is easy to inadvertently cause them to 'mirror' (ie they fall the wrong way around. What else? Sometimes the acetates stick together, so you can turn more than one card at a time (this might sort itself out as the cards are handled more frequently by you!) My last concern is simply with the dye/acetate combination - although I don't have any information of this happening, I would recommend that you handle the cards with care, *just in case* the dyes start to come off the cards. I must stress again that this might NOT happen, but care pointers never go amiss, do they?!
These glitches are minor, but worth pointing out so that you can make your purchase with full awareness of the product :-)
Another draw back for many Tarotists is the price. However, if you can't afford this deck outright, might I suggest that one simply saves up over a period of time to buy it. It's *so* worth it!
I would say that this deck is more suited to Tarotists who are looking for a working deck that will really help them push their intuitive envelope to the max. Handling issues aside, this is a great deck to have in your collection and I hope Emily Carding's deck is a great success for her.