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5.0 out of 5 stars
Inner Child Cards, 17 July 2003
I can't praise these cards enough, I bought these cards many years ago and they were my first pack. Although they are very different from the tradition pack (the suits include winged hearts,wands,swords and crystals )they are a very approachable pack and a great inspiration. The cards are based on both traditional fairytales, beauty and the beast and Cinderella for example, they also include other characters of childhood, including The Hobbit, Wizard of Oz, Huckerberry Fin.I found that these familar literary characters including images of spiritual figures (the archangels and Gaia are included in the court cards) made the pack a very gentle pack to work with. One of the biggest points that attracted me to this set was the fact that the infamous 'Death Card', which despite rarely meaning literal death but instead usually meaning change is not named and instead represented by 'The Sleeping Beauty' card. I think that this is quite a beautiful way of representing the Death card rather than the traditional image of the grim reaper, that does tend to concern the person you are reading for. It is also humourous to note that the traditional 'Devil' card is represented by the 'Big Bad Wolf'.
These cards have been criticised for the sheer size of them which makes them impossible to shuffle. Although this is a disadvantage, there are many ways of geting round this problem including moving them around on the table you are working on. However it is the size of them which makes them so beautiful as like all good tarot cards they are full of symbolism and may make you see the tradtional fairytales in a different light.
The book that accompanies the set contains instructions and explanations of the cards but doesn't give you all the answers instead leting you use your intuition which after all is much of what Tarot is about. The book describes a range of spreads for the cards based on childhood and play including 'CHILD', Rainbow and the 'Spiral Staircase'. The book is well written, and reseached and makes a delightful accomplement to a pack of fascinating cards.