I'm not usually a great devotee of black and white decks, finding the lack of colour dulls intuition and inspiration, but this deck is an exception. The cards truly are not only stunningly beautiful but very, very easy to read, as well as being one of the most wildly original sets it has ever been my privilege to work with. The cards consist of images collaged together from original Victorian illustrations, very cleverly reworked. Pens have replaced wands, Victorian kilner type jars are cups, guns are swords and watches are coins, giving a further flavour of the Victorian era. I find the cards extremely easy to work with- they seem to speak to the reader despite the unusualness of the images. Particularly powerful is the Eight of Wands, which seems to leap out of the edges of the card, giving an impression of unstoppable movement. Famous people of the time decorate the court cards - I love Oscar Wilde as the Prince of Wands, and Queen Victoria as the Queen in all four suits (how could anyone else compete with the ruler of the then known world?!). The accompanying book cleverly explains the way the cards have been designed to reflect the ethos of the time, when technology and industry were drastically changing the way people viewed the world and lived their lives. I particularly love the irony of using pocket watches to demonstrate the slow, steady quality of earth/pentacles. The deck is opulent and gorgeous, and beautifully presented with its black velvet storage pouch with tasselled blue drawstring cord. I love it!
Elen Hawke author of In the Circle, The Sacred Round, Praise to the Moon