Diamond Tarot Deck (Dm78) Misc. Supplies – 15 Oct 2008
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The little booklet that comes with this deck begins with a very brief background section. Meanings for each card follow with an upright meaning, an inverted meaning and a brief message. Following the card meanings, "The Diamond Reading Method" is explained in detail. This is a somewhat involved five card spread. I recommend this deck for anyone who likes the Waite deck but wants to try something that looks a bit different. Obviously there is no learning curve involved for those familiar with the Waite deck and some may find the coloring and borders useful in interpreting the cards.
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The card names are all in French (I don't know if there is an English version, but that's not what I was able to get as the deck is now OOP), which is fine with me. The size of the cards seems just perfect for shuffling, and I like the feel of the cardstock itself. All in all, I am really really happy with this deck and can envision using it in a variety of environments. Images can be seen at the AEclectic Tarot site if they aren't visible here. I am only sorry that this has gone out of print, causing the price to rise.
So, I packed up several decks that hadn't made sense to me, took them to a metaphysical store that buys used decks, and went hunting. Then I saw the Diamond Tarot.
This deck could suck for a beginner, because while it uses Pamela Colman Smith's illustrations for the R-W, they are reduced in size and set into a fractal-like border. The border sometimes includes obvious symbols from the particular card it surrounds, but most often reflects an assumed mood from the card. Also, the colors of the cards have been, I presume, digitally enhanced a tad so they don't appear quite as flat. The whole deck just seems livelier without being painful to look at.
My reaction to this deck was "oooooooh," a reaction that I have not had before or since to any other R-W deck. Diamond is Rider-Waitey enough to feel familiar and like a good workhorse deck, but pretty enough for me to want to work with it. Whodda thunk?
So, if you've pretty much given up on Rider-Waite as not being able to call to you, go to a new-agey store that has deck samples on display and see if they have the Diamond Tarot. Or find a deck review website that contains pictures. I think you'll find the research worth your while.
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