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5.0 out of 5 stars The only faery tarot there is, 11 July 2013
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When this deck first came about, I looked at images of it for quite some time, and never felt any attraction to it at all. People at Aeclectic Tarot were raving about it, but every time I opened a review or looked at a scanned image, I couldn't get past the alien look and slanted eyes of the creatures in the deck. It frightened me a bit. But eventually I learned more about the elementals and the faery folk. I have meditated upon them and tried to acknowledge and invite their presence in my life. After a moonlight stroll under the Barley Moon in 2011, during which I tried with all my senses to experience earth, air, fire and water, images from this deck came into my mind, and I realised how beautiful and compelling this deck is, and so I ordered it.

I have loved it since the day it arrived. It may well be the most beautiful deck in my collection. This deck plays an important role in my unfolding relationship with Otherworld. I really feel a connection to it, and I'm grateful to Emily for painting it, and for seeing that it is published by a company who can put it out for such a reasonable price. Thank you, Emily!

There are the usual 22 majors in this deck, followed by the four suits. The suit names have been changed from Swords, Wands, Cups and Pentacles/coins to Dreamer, Warrior, Dancer, Maker. The elemental correspondence is made very plain by printing it in all capital letters on the Ace card of each suit: Dreamer=Air, Warrior=Fire, Dancer=Water, Maker=Earth. The courts are changed to Princess, Prince, Queen and King, and each has been given a second title, 'Gift of ____.' For example, Dreamer Princess is the 'Gift of Telling'. In fact, the all minors have key phrases at the bottom of the cards, but it is very small print and easily ignored if you don't like that sort of thing.

The deck has thick black borders, enhancing the extremely colourful artwork, and serving as a porthole to entering the card for meditation. Each card is 3.5x5 inches (roughly 9x13 cm), and it is fairly thick card stock, so the deck is bit brick-like at 1.25 inches (3 cm) thick. I rather like a sturdy, brick-like deck, though. The texture of the cardstock is quite plasticky and slippery, but please don't let that be a deal breaker! The cards will stand up to a lot of wear, even if they are bit slidey. The box is lovely and sturdy and makes a nice contrast to the deck as it is white. The companion book has small print, but is well bound, and Emily's unique way of expressing card meanings through first person monologue and verse is charming.

I can't praise this deck enough, really. It is quite remarkable.
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