I bought these and I have used them already. I like the design on these cards! All of the cards have gold motif, which I have noticed is on the back of some of the cards but it's cosmetic and doesn't matter to me at all. The cards are clearly illustrated and are useful if your looking for your first deck or another to add to your collection. I fell in love with them at first sight so that's telling me that this is a deck for me. I have others but they don't do much for me, in terms of connection. The major cards are illustrated in reflection to the Raider Waite but are a few alternatives like on The Lovers and Temperance but is still readable. The minor cards are completely different and does not reflect the Raider Waite but the author has combined his own meanings, albeit negative in quite a few.
I have done 2 readings with them and I found them to be surprisingly accurate already. The book that accompanies these cards is completely different from the books that are with the 2 decks I have already. It focuses on both the positives and negatives, instead of separating them, and then asks you a question of the card. It really gets you to think about your own behaviour, others and how the card can be incorporated into your life. Although I do not like the interpretation of the Queen of Swords as a manipulative woman instead of being a woman who knows her mind but can be manipulative. I found the court cards, barring the Princesses, not Pages in this deck, focus on the negative instead of the positive. But buying another book, like The Tarot Bible which is extremely good, can incorporate another meaning to the cards.
This deck and book would be fine on its own but I bought it having read 'The Essential Guide to The Tarot' by David Fontana and this made it particularly good. It is a good way of gaining insight into areas of your feelings and emotions that you would not normally access. But most importantly it allows you to do it in a gentle way so that anything you consider to be negative can be used as a way of progressing spiritually. An excellent combination of deck and book.
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Lovely Cards But...28 Oct. 2008
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"Whatever the Tarot's original purpose, usage over the centuries has identified the inestimable value of their symbolism as a psychological and spiritual tool." - From the companion book to The Truth-Seeker's Tarot
Packaged in an exquisite, sturdy gold-foil box, The Truth-Seeker's Tarot contains a 78-card deck with an 80-page full-color, hardcover companion book by David Fontana. With its soft yet vibrant illustrations, the specially commissioned artwork by Sylvie Daigneault is adorned with special gold foil touches that accent the lovely imagery without being overdone.
For example, in the Strength card (Trump 8), a gold lemniscate forms the maiden's hat, while flowing gilt lines flow down the lion's mane. Solid golden coronas glow from the head of the Hanged man and the Temperance angel, while the Queen of Cups stands immersed in a flowing river holding a shining chalice, her blue dress decorated with over a dozen shining goblets.
As I went through the Truth-Seeker's deck card-by-card, I was thrilled to see each Major Arcana not only lovingly illustrated by colored pencils, but also decorated with these intricate foil accents. However, my excitement turned into disappointment once I got to the Minor Arcana.
Like many decks with an outstandingly rendered Major Arcana, the Minors merely show mostly the suit signs against a colorful backdrop. For example, the Eight of Pentacles show eight golden pentacles with a green background in what looks to be a church. The Ten of Pentacles shows the exact same image, except the pentacles are arranged into the tree of life diagram.
Some of the other minors throw in a bit more imagery, such as courtyards, birds, ships, trees and buildings. Although the author encourages the reader to meditate on the cards to absorb the symbols and receive intuitive guidance, there's not much in the Minor Arcana to "meditate" upon--especially for those brand-new to Tarot who may benefit from fully-illustrated Minor cards that show actual archetypal motifs or individuals engaging in some type of action.
In the hardcover companion book to The Truth-Seeker's Tarot, Fontana gives solid insights into the Major Arcana, but only covers the Minors according to numerological theme. Since the Minors mostly feature only suit symbols (i.e. cups and swords), this might be problematic to those new to Tarot, especially since he doesn't offer card-by-card meanings or examples. The same is true for the Court Cards.
For those who enjoy reading with Tarot of Marseilles-style decks with minimal Minor Arcana illustrations, as well as those who do readings with only the Major Arcana, the Truth Seeker's Tarot is truly a beautiful deck (the only illustrative mistake is the Seven of Pentacles, where the gold foil considerably overshoots all seven of the symbols). However, those preferring an animated Minor Arcana will likely be disappointed.
Fontana provides a few interesting esoteric tidbits in the companion book, such as correlating the four Minor Arcana suits with the four symbols of the Hindu god, Vishnu, but it is by no means thorough as either an introduction to Tarot or an adjunct to current Tarot knowledge for seasoned users.
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-- Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for Me, But Not for Everyone1 Feb. 2009
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As noted in other reviews, these cards are very sturdy - almost a poster board thickness (much thicker than typical playing card). This might make it difficult to shuffle, but for me - a person never able to shuffle well - I like it. They are sturdy and I believe will last longer because of it.
I believe the colors, gold foil, and illustrations are beautiful and I feel the deck was well worth the price I paid ($20 at Barnes and Noble, with a $3 member discount). I use Amazon most of the time, but wanted these right away. On Amazon they are only $14, so a very good price.
Be aware the minor cards are not illustrated in the detail many would like. They six of cups will show 6 cups with a background. The 3 and 4 of cups may have the same background as well. So one background is used for several cards in the suit. If this is not desirable, this is not the deck for you.
Other reviews say these cards are not for beginners, but I am a first timer and am quite happy with them. I almost bought the Mystic Faerie Tarot. It comes with a huge/detailed companion book and is quite good from my neophyte perspective. I used these with my sister (her deck), but chose to get something else for myself just so we would have variety. I knew the book would be limited, so I got 2 other tarot books so I don't think that will be an issue. I personally like the simplicity of the minor cards. Many other decks overwhelm me...they are way too busy and way too much on the cards for me. I get "lost" in the deck, so to speak. I feel the minor cards are still lovely in their simple way, and plenty for me as a beginner (to use or meditate on). After using these and familiarizing myself with them, I might try a more complex deck later.
I just bought yesterday, so cannot speak further to their sturdiness/longevity. But my guess is they will last for some time, but I will not be a heavy user (for my personal use with friends/family, I do not do readings on a regular basis). I see no issues/flaws with my cards - no bends. The 7 of Pentacles gold foil issue was either fixed or a flaw that occurred randomly.
So just be forewarned and consider the type of deck you like. These are sturdy/thick, colorful, and lovely. But they have a simplicity that is disappointing to some. For me, a perfect first deck that I am excited to use.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Plastic Coating Weak6 Oct. 2008
D. L. Bates
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The colors in this deck are beautiful, but the plastic coating on the cards did not last through a single reading. I hope the publisher releases a second deck with a better plastic coating on the cards.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Seduction vs Substance28 Nov. 2008
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Well, if pretty colours is your standard for a tarot deck, then 'The Truth Seekers Tarot' is for you. However, if you're looking for some semblance of substance, look elsewhere.
While I enjoyed the 'colouring' of the artistry, this deck leaves everything to be desired as far as 'reading' a deck is concerned.
The 'Pips' (MINOR ARCANA) are UNILLUSTRATED---> Ten of Cups shows, you guessed it, '10' cups... Four of Swords shows '4' swords. Thus, this deck is really a MARSEILLES-type deck. If that's your thing, then great. If not, you will be SORELY disappointed when you get this deck home.
Even the MAJOR ARCANA cards, which are fully-illustrated, are nothing to write home about. I have purchased full-decks in the past, (and will do so again), just to get my hands on an outstanding Major Arcana; alas, not so here.
All-in-All, I found this deck 'UNINSPIRING' at best, and 'CHEAP' in its execution at worst---> what I have come to call, 'Paycheck Decks'---> authors and illustrators looking to capitalize on the 'Tarot' theme and make a quick buck in doing so.
The best thing that can be said about this deck/book set is the very nice and very sturdy outer box it comes in. Unfortunately, the contents makes quick work of plunging the whole mess into the abyss of, 'All Hat, No Cattle', as in---> 'Where's the Beef?' *lol*
You can do better... keep looking.
p.s. I gave 2 Stars because:
1. It's not the most horrible deck out there; 2. The colouring is lovely; and 3. It's a Marseilles-type deck of which many people happen to fancy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superb Deck12 Nov. 2008
Lover of Books
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I was really impressed with this set the cards & the book So much so I bought a second deck to have a spare if it's ever needed, can't say much more than that - A1 in my opinion