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3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance?, 7 May 2004
This review is from: The Quest Tarot (Book & Card Pack) (Paperback)
Let me make one thing clear from the outset: this tarot deck is visually stunning! The vibrant artistry on each card, using the latest 3D computer graphic technology is simply beautiful - even the minor arcana cards (which are basically glorified "pip" cards) are breathtaking.
I wanted to love this deck so much, but somehow, someway, it just doesn't "work" for me. I realise of course that choosing a Tarot deck is often a personal choice, and the greater the affinity a reader has with their deck the better their readings tend to be, but try as I might I just can't identify with this deck or even get close to it. I just feel that the whole project is too contrived - the artist has incorporated astrological, kabbalistic, runic, I Ching & gemstone correspondences into the cards. Now that's fine and their inclusion doesn't detract from the cards visual beauty, but then he also includes skin, hair & eye colour as well as "Yes/No" answers!! Many tarot readers are of the opinion that such specifics are almost impossible and it just seems that the whole approach to designing this deck is too calculated or commercial.
Another irk is that a lot of the characters depicted in these cards appear to be made out of shiny metal or glass. This is presumably deliberate in order to keep the characters asexual and present them in a "race-neutral way", but for me it only serves to prevent me from being able to identify with the cards or sense any emotions when doing readings.
Of course, I may be approaching this whole issue too seriously; I have read Tarot for many years and I have tried to use this deck for my readings, when maybe I should just put them on my shelf and admire the pretty pictures? The accompanying book is well written and has a wealth of information, and some of the author's thoughts and ideas are indeed intriguing, but for serious students of the tarot I suggest they look elsewhere.
One for collectors & dilettantes only!
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