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Vanessa Tarot [Cards]

US Games Inc
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Cards: 1 pages
  • Publisher: US Games Inc (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572815744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572815742
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Tarot 30 July 2009
A fun, and amusing Tarot deck to share with the girls over coffee.
The charming pictures speak for themselves.
A young person's Tarot (I am 64) but young at heart!!
Worth purchasing for those who like Tarot readings to be simply entertaining and enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great humoristic tarot 21 Feb 2010
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If you are searching for a humoristic tarot I can tell you it can be difficult to find a good one. This is one of the best I could find. Totally recomended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun deck 23 Oct 2013
By Louisa
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Bought as a present for a younger tarot enthusiast. This is right up her street as it seems to tick all the right boxes. Fun images and bright colours. Small size cards just right for those with smaller hands. Follows the Rider Waite meanings but with an added cheeky twist. She is very pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 24 Aug 2013
By Jane O
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These cards have delightful images for the Tarot - They are playful and fun. My family and i really enjoy them.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Sassy and Inventive 16 Oct 2007
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
"Vanessa Tarot has taken its inspiration from several areas of contemporary pop culture including female role models from the small and large screens of television and cinema, life-like fashion dolls, and heroines from comic books. In the same way that dolls encourage imaginative role playing, Vanessa Tarot provides scenarios for examining our fantasies, fears, decisions, desires and choices." - From the Little White Book

When I saw a few images from this deck online, my interest was piqued. Once I got the actual Vanessa Tarot in my hands, though, I became enamored--and it far exceeds my expectations.

This spunky deck comes in an adorable purple tin (think Altoids!), and as soon as I opened it, a grin spread across my face. That grin widened as I worked my way through the Vanessa Tarot card-by-card--to the point I was chuckling aloud at several of the images.

Sassy and smart, the Vanessa Tarot shows women of every color in the many roles that women can, and do, play on the stage of life. Here are but a few:

* a resourceful housewife (The Magician),
* a provocative Sunday School teacher (The Hierophant)
* a playful, jump-roping urbanite (2 of Coins)
* an adventurous sky-diver (Knight of Wands)
* an experimenting scientist (2 of Wands)
* an enthralling temptress (The Devil)
* a clear-sighted Judge (Justice)

Knowing that the deck creator, Lynyrd Narciso, had TV on the mind, I associated the blonde witch sitting atop a broom sailing through the starry sky as Samantha from Bewitched (remember the cartoon opening sequence?). And the two women having a ball stomping grapes the old-fashioned way in the 4 of Wands? I couldn't help but think of Lucy and Ethel in that famous episode from I Love Lucy!

Just because the imagery is cartoonish, don't dismiss this deck as superficial. There's some clever portrayals in the Vanessa Tarot that are witty and observant.

One of the laugh-out-cards, for me, is the 5 of Wands which shows five determined bridesmaids clamoring to catch the thrown bouquet (talk about "friendly" competition!) And the guy handcuffed to the bed in The Devil is priceless...

The 29-page LWB is one of the best I've seen--and although it only includes one 3-card spread, it *does* provide six blank pages for jotting down notes. The author provides both upright and reversed meanings, and addresses the cards according to number and Court ranking (for example, Twos, Eights, Knights, etc.). The cards measure 3 x 2 3/8 inches, and I like that they are smaller than most Tarot decks. Fully reversible backings show a purple-striped background with sky-blue stars in the foreground. The striped-themed carries over to the front of the cards as bordering. Suits are Wands, Coins, Cups and Swords and the Courts are Page, Knight, Queen and Queen.

Because the Vanessa Tarot is so delightfully inventive, it was difficult choosing which cards to show with this review! This would make a great deck for beginners, and seasoned readers who enjoy modern decks celebrating "girl power" will no doubt be thrilled with it, as well.

(To see 12 images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Tarot - A New Look for Feminine Empowerment 6 Nov 2011
By Christiana Gaudet - Published on Amazon.com
I have to admit that I was somewhat reluctant when asked by Lynyrd Narciso to review his Tarot deck, Vanessa Tarot. I had noticed it in the U.S. Games catalog and already written it off as yet other fluff deck. Certainly it was cute and kitschy, but not the kind of deck I would think would be worth studying or using for actual readings. Yes, I am most definitely a Tarot snob. But, at the same time, I am never one to turn down a free Tarot deck.

When the Vanessa Tarot arrived in the mail, the first thing I noticed was that I really liked its tin box. What a good idea it is to package a Tarot deck in a box that can actually be used to carry your cards in your purse! And that is when I started to understand Vanessa Tarot's real deal. Yes, this is exactly the deck to carry in your purse. And, if you are like the characters of this Tarot, your purse may be a Coach, a Louis Vuitton , or a khaki backpack or leather briefcase.

I am in no way a designer girl. In fact, what I am is a crusty old Gloria Steinem-type feminist from the Seventies. But, as I looked through Vanessa Tarot that first time, I had to admit that this is really a special deck.

Vanessa Tarot is smaller than most, measuring only about 2" by 3," according to my thumb. The card backs are reversible, and done in a nice purple pinstripe with lavender stars. The cardstock has a matte finish, and is of the good quality that we have come to expect from U.S. Games. Overall, it is a nice deck to look at and to hold in your hands. For all of its great quality and special packaging, Vanessa Tarot retails at only $15. That, girls, will leave you some money left over to spend at the mall!

Vanessa Tarot comes with a standard-sized LWB (Little White Book) that gives quick descriptions of the Major Arcana card images, and upright and reversed meanings for all the cards. The Minor Arcana is sorted by numbers rather than suits, and there is a paragraph about each number preceding the interpretations for the four cards of each number set. There seems to be no mention of the four elements, but from the pictures I assume the standard associations of Swords-Air and Wands-Fire could apply. The card names are standard, with a court of Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings. Strength is card Eight and Justice is Eleven.

Each Vanessa Tarot card is illustrated with cartoon-like drawings of women and girls. There are some male figures in the deck, but they are supporting characters. Vanessa Tarot pays tribute to the girls and women of pop culture from today and yesteryear. Television and movie stars make an appearance, as do many "types" of modern women. There are business women, glamour girls and daredevils. They are all either pretty or cute, and all skinny. They are dressed in styles from many periods of fashion.

The Minor Arcana cards are as detailed as the Majors, which is a feature I appreciate.

The deck truly won my heart when I saw that my favorite TV character from childhood, Samantha Stevens (Bewitched, played by Elizabeth Montgomery) appears in her classic pose, sitting on her broomstick, as the Eight of Wands.

The thing that truly bothers me is that the LWB doesn't tell us which cards are which characters. I am pretty much a pop-culture drop-out, and haven't watched TV in more than ten years. When I showed the deck to my twenty-two year old daughter, she recognized many more of the characters than I did.

She felt that the Three of Cups may be the cast from "Charmed," for instance. But nowhere in the booklet could I confirm that, or discover which other pop culture heroines had found their way into this cute-but-powerful little deck.

I passed the deck around to many of my students. Overall, the reaction was positive. Many felt that this would be a particularly good "first deck" for our daughters. Even some of the more mature students liked it, especially those with an eye for glamour and fashion. One older student, whose favorite expression is "It's all about the outfit!" was particularly taken with it.

Another great thing about Vanessa Tarot is that none of the images are particularly dark or scary. This would be a great deck for some of the professional bookings that I often get, in nightclubs, at college parties and all-night high school graduation parties.

And what about my crusty feminist self? Well, bear in mind that the second deck I ever owned was the Motherpeace, and I have a particular penchant for Goddess Tarot decks, such as the beautiful one by Kris Waldherr. But Vanessa Tarot, with all of its cuteness and glamour and designer-type fashion, is the only one I have seen that had the ovaries to make all four Kings female! Yes, all of the main characters are female. And they all seem pretty happy doing what they're doing, whether it's being dressed to the nines, keeping house or jumping out or an airplane. And if that's not female empowerment, I don't know what is!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and accurate 11 Feb 2008
By D. Black - Published on Amazon.com
I originally purchased the Vanessa Tarot, for a friend who is new to tarot. Though, after reading online reviews from Tarot Garden I decided I wanted to give them a try. So when I got them in the mail I imediately opened them up and began looking through them. They have a funny, witty, and feminine appeal. The pictures are colorful, artsy, and clever, but I don't think a beginner would draw a lot of inferences from just looking at the pictures. The little white leaflet included is rather vague; just mentioning basic characteristics. The tin they come in is great. Ultimately, I fell in love with this deck, so I ended up buying "The Instant Tarot Reader" set for my friend.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really cute! 12 Jan 2008
By Always Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this deck for myself because the images and symbolisms are so witty and have a great updated feminine edge. I know this deck was targeted at the younger womens age group - however, myself and all my 40-50s Tarot friends have greatly enjoyed this deck! It looks like I'll have to buy another one because my daughter liked this one so much I gave it to her.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cute! 17 Jun 2012
By MissGriff - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend of mine got this deck and as soon as I saw it I had to have it! At the $10 price of course I purchased it without hesitation! I've had this deck for a year now, and although it's not my go-to deck, I've certainly have had enough time to get to know this deck!

For me personally, this deck is great for getting advice you would need from a girlfriend. It's lighthearted, and tends to give blunt and humorous answers sometimes lol. Because of this I prefer to do smaller spreads like PPF or just a simple 1 question 3 cards, no positions. I found it best for advice so far, but I did make a pretty life changing prediction for a friend which did end up happening (very positive outcome for her). I was even surprised by this prediction, but shows that it can definitely be serious when it needs to be! The only thing that erks me about this deck is that the entire deck is all women. There are very few men, and the men that are in the deck have more of supporting roles, if that makes sense. Even the Kings are women, and I just don't care for that. It sometimes throws me off when trying to do relationship readings.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this deck! It's super cute, colorful, and with a bit of modernization! I wish more decks would be a little more modernized like this one! I don't believe I would recommend this deck as a first deck, or for a newbie still learning, unless it's just an extra added deck to play around with! I don't think it would be an easy deck to learn from at all because it is a bit different, but it is definitely a fun deck!
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