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4.0 out of 5 stars Great deck, but pricey and terrible card quality!, 7 April 2010
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This review is from: Tarot of Transformation Set: Chart Your Own Course to Healing and Spiritual Awakening (Paperback)
OK, I'll get the negatives out of the way as they are not the main meat of my review. First off, £38 for a deck and paperback is VERY procey, and will put this deck beyond the means of those on lower incomes and students. Secondly, the quality of the card stock from which the cards are made is VERY poor! OK, the laminate is not messy and the print resolution is fine, but the cards are SERIOUSLY flimsy. My deck is a few months old and not used daily and already some cards have creases, though no tears. Yet. Oh, and I should add that while the card stock is terribly thin, the accompanying paperback is very well-made.
So: while I can't square the poor quality of the cards for the high price you pay, I DO utterly love this deck. Utterly. It's just wonderful.
The deck is unashamedly feminist in perspective, though I would also recommend it for men as there are certainly male figures in there and there is no negative portrayal of men at all. The imagery draws on art elements from Native American, Egyptian, Celtic, and Islamic cultures, as well as paying homage to geometry and physics. Religions you'll find referenced include Christianity, Wicca, Buddhism, Shamanism, Druidry to name a few.
This deck is unique, though, in that it also references cutting-edge psychiatric and psychological theories and techniques. It never preaches, though - just lays out the theory, explains how this might affect your behaviour, and then describes ways to deal with this aspect in ways that will improve your life.
I am not one to ever go around saying "this xxxx changed my life", but in this case I have to admit this deck enabled me to make profound changes to my life and behaviour in ways I had never been able to before. I bought Tarot deck after Tarot deck, but none of them actually explained how to change the negative beahviour patterns in which I found myself. With this deck, after one look through the cards, I knew I had found what I needed at last. After four months of working with them I have changed for the better in ways I wouldn't have thought possible.
In summary, this is not just a divination tool, but a way to look at your behaviour and begin to realise what's really going on and why. Then, you are given tools to help "fix" the problem - these tools lie in the messages of the cards and how they work together. I suppose given the help I have had from these cards, I shouldn't moan about the price! If you're looking for a deck to play about with, get a cheap Rider-Waite. If you feel there are aspects of your life to need to change, and you really need help, buy this deck and I'd be very surprised if you weren't genuinely enlightened by its messages.
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