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Multi-cultural modern images,
This review is from: Cosmic Tarot Deck (78 Tarot Cards) (78 Tarot Cards/Cs78) (Cards)
The Cosmic Tarot deck cards are portrayed by a traditional series of seventy-eight softly coloured cards in seemingly dark outline, the only major variation being that the Pages and Knights are titled Princess and Prince. The pictures and images are mulit-cultural and are drawn in a refreshingly creative style. Users may feel that some of the images bring memories to mind of movie stars of yesteryear but this may be pure speculation and not at all consciously intended by the artist.
The traditional images lodged in our memories of the Rider-Waite or Coleman-Waite tarot seep through in places but the traditional meanings we have come to understand are recognisable, even thought they are represented with a modern-day take.
Its suit pictorial themes can not be considered as at all flowing as they seem to jump about using varying imagery, not only from suit to suit but even within suits. The Prince of Cups is quite a romantic image of a young man gazing wistfully into space, he wears a jacket, which could be velvet, with a monogram on the breast pocket. This conveys wealth, status, elegrance and luxury. By comparison the Ten of Swords reveals a bald-headed male, head and shoulders only, who seems to be thrusting himself forward in agony or angst. Swords appear to fly from his mouth as he screams with frustration. In contrast it is quite abstract but conveys the meaning and its rank and place within the deck well. For those who like images to stir and stimulate then this deck will encourage you to break free from stereotypical thinking.
The face of the High Priestess dominates the card and has the Yin-Yang symbol at the Third-eye, whilst the two traditional pillars of Jachin and Boaz are missing. A book lays open with the Alpha and Omega symbols upon its pages and a crescent moon lay at her chin. Her face floats over watery images of waves upon the sea and these merge through her image making her seem ethereal and part of the very cosmic ocean itself. It becomes apparent how this image of the High Priestess manages to convey the same as a traditional image but it somehow makes her meaning more obvious. Secrecy, mystery, intuition and the consciousness of the Divine Feminine are easily found amongst its depths.
For those who care to play with imagery there is a lot more going on with this deck than there may first appear. It has a richness about it that may get overlooked by those who fail to give it the time it deserves. The deck grows upon you as you begin to study its artistry and mind merge with its imagery. You will discover just how clever and inspired the artist has been.