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Really exciting deck
on 17 June 2014
This is the first deck of Tarot cards I've bought in a while that really got me excited. While the pictures (for the most part) are Waite-inspired, they are not in any way copies of the Waite designs. Facial expressions and details on each card are fabulous. If the card is about an angry person or a fearful one or a happy one, these emotions show in the characters' faces. This is the kind of deck you could probably interpret even if you had never done a Tarot reading in your life.
I have a few slight issues, hence the 4-stars. The booklet is interesting, and has some good insights into layouts, and she explains her own view of the cards quite well—but she completely dismisses and ignores reversed meanings. She's one of those readers who turns all the cards right-side up when she reads. If you're the sort of reader who appreciates the nuances of a reversed meaning, you'll need to make them up yourself. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a niggle.
Another niggle ...for some reason she has swapped the position of Strength and Justice. Justice now is card VIII, while Strength (Force) is card XI. This won't matter if you're new to this and this is your first deck, but if you're an experienced reader, this will be weird. I wouldn't mind if she'd explained why she did it, but she never mentioned the swap, at least not in the booklet.
I also have an issue with one of the cards. It's the Chariot. The picture is of a man taking off into the sky, on the start of an inspirational journey. The normal meaning of the Chariot is exactly the opposite, really. It has to do with the kind of vehicle or method a person chooses to make their way in the world. It's normally a very 'grounded' card, but because her card design is so definitely an airbourne fellow heading towards the sun, it's difficult to do a normal interpretation of it.
However, these objections are either personal or just niggles. In general, this is an excellent and exciting deck. I highly recommend it. It's definitely not just a rehash of Waite, but brings much more insight and humanity to the readings. I'd have given 5 stars if she'd included reversed meanings in the booklet and hadn't swapped Justice and Strength.