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5.0 out of 5 stars wildly original, beautiful deck, 13 Nov 2002
This review is from: Victoria Regina Tarot (Paperback)
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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful, 5 April 2002
This review is from: Victoria Regina Tarot (Paperback)
perhaps the most important thing in tarot is to feel a connection to the cards, to speak the same language, and this is a deck that drew me in immediately. i'd been looking for a new deck but found myself in a swamp of rider waite variations, until these lovely 1900th century engaving-based cards caught my eye. it was love at first sight. :) the cards and the bag (purplish/bluish/velvety) are beautiful, the book very informative. one of the most artistic and original decks around, i highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill Brill Brill Brill Brill, 20 April 2002
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This review is from: Victoria Regina Tarot (Paperback)
That sums it up. Absolutely beautiful black and white cards depicting scenes from the Victorian Era. Easy to read. Lovely and interesting book. Beautiful velvet pouch. I fell in love with this innovative deck at first sight. I didn't think I would but I did...I could go on for ever but the bottom line is these cards are lovely, honest, sometimes humorous, and I think they are great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, meaningful deck, 13 Aug 2006
This review is from: Victoria Regina Tarot (Paperback)
i have owned this deck now for 4 or 5 years, and it's the one i always use (i own several decks). it's strange because in one sense i actually am not wild about the aesthetics of this deck - insofar as they don't have the glamour and immediate symbolic gravitas of some of the coloured decks (i love the old marseilles and aquarian decks visually) - but the images are so meaningful that i am awlays able to produce an excellent reading from these cards which become more resonant the more i use them. i also like the fact that this deck uses princess court cards rather than pages, since as far as i am able to glean, the princess courts should actually be female, and in this regard i much prefer it to the rider-waite deck (on which it is based, but is greatly enriched and preferable to me). having said that, these cards are not for everyone - i've had friends react very negatively to them, one expressing indignation that the devil was featured as a clown, for example (although it seems pretty self-evident to me), so it's a deck that you need to be open to, to allow yourself to make new connections and really think about the nuances in the images and what they add to your pre-existing knowledge of the tarot. another thing i like about these cards is that the author does not use reversals (although there's nothing to stop anyone else using reversals with this deck) - in the book she suggests using elemental dignities instead, if you're inclined, and even recommends the supertarot website for learning about this, and this really does enhance the menaing of the cards and has revolutionised my experience with this deck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magical deck, 7 Sep 2006
This review is from: Victoria Regina Tarot (Paperback)
This is the only deck of cards I have ever had to buy on pain of death. They hold powers that other tarot packs do not possess. Mysterious, eloquent, and subtle. They'll change the way you think, and the way you read, forever.
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