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not Cosmic enough
on 9 April 2014
I noticed there are several editions of this deck so i state that i'm reviewing the AGM (tarot world - urania) Edition printed in Spain.
This deck is strange.
One of my friends received this a gift. She didn't like it, so she gave it to me.
I must say the major arcana are not bad and i really loved a few cards, though not all. The magician, the high-priestess, the pope, justice, the hermit and the wheel of fortune are lovely. They are all spiritual cards and they have that ethereal spiritual feeling to them, that makes it work. The other cards are alright.
What gets to me in this deck is the duality of work, or should i say imagery. In the major arcana, that is not evident, although one look at the empress and it's clear that it looks like a kept woman with her eyes filled with ambition and snobbery. I do not like to see her represented in that manner.
When i think cosmic and new age (this deck is commercialised as a new age deck), i think of new conscience, altered state of mind, chakras, crystals, wisdom, power, revealing of secrets, loosing yourself in oneness, prophetic dreams, nirvana, the force of life, tao, i-ching, tai-chi, healing, but most of all i think of spiritual life to guide one's path in order to develop one's mind and elevate one's soul. This deck should reflect that, but it doesn't. The spiritual side and the wisdom is not painted in all the cards.
There is a mishmash of images that don't go with the name Cosmic. The theme is kept only for a few cards, and it's a shame, because this deck could have had so much potential.
The big disappointment comes with the minor arcana. These are all illustrated, but they are so different that sometimes wonder if they belong to the same deck. There is a mixture images that really don't give the cohesion necessary to think this as themed deck: There are people in suits looking rather grim and sociopath like (three of swords), a character that seems to have come from "Jane Eyre" (five of cups) and the the world's next contortionism champion (eight of wands). There are people in normal clothing but also people in traditional hindu costumes (or so it seems), ballet dancers, medieval costumes, jeans, etc. It just doesn't add up. The ethereal feeling is lost. And on top of that, the court cards (along with a few others) have hollywood faces: the king of wands is Sean Connery, the queen of wands is Elizabeth Taylor, etc, as if the rest wasn't bad enough.
Don't get me wrong: there are beautiful cards in the deck, even in the minor arcana (for example the three of wands or the ten of cups), but the bad far outweigh the good ones and there is no sense of direction in them. I find some cards difficult to read, because the scene depicted does not match the traditional meaning of the card. Some cards are very well intuitive, but others are not at all.
The cards are 12 cm high and 7 cm wide. They are glossy, well laminated and thick. The back is a beautiful pattern featuring a five point star. They are really good quality.
The booklet (little white book) is average.
I find impossible to read with this deck, so I gave it to a friend recently. Since he is young (under twenty), maybe the hollywood faces won't get to him. He's not old enough to remember many of them and he's not really interested in the film industry. He thinks these are funny looking cards. He found them altogether nice at first sight. Lets see if he can read with them. If he likes them, he probably can.
Even if one likes the deck, it is not for beginners.