Touchstone Tarot [With 200-Page Book] Cards – 1 May 2009
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I also like the extra card "The Happy Squirrel" and have used it in my readings as a 79th friend. What more can I say they are stunning, stunning, stunning. If I could give 10 star rating I would. Thank you Kat and also your secret benefactor without whom the deck would not be in existence.
The cards are based on the Rider-Waite deck with the difference that every card features a person who conveys their meaning to you by look and pose. The figures and imagery will captivate you in and draw you in and allow you to read the cards from a different angle allowing more room for interpretation. Because just as you read the body language of people around you, you will find that you can read and understand the body language of the people in the cards too.
The cards are edged in gold and have a stiff, robust feel without a plasticy laminate feel (which would ruin them) and they come in a very well made, thick box with an easily accessible lid. The box also contains a lovely little book which explains the picture, meaning and the painting sources that each card was made up from (its a collaged deck). This deck is better suited to somebody who has a reasonable knowledge of the the Rider-Waite deck because the picture symbolism isn't as obvious as the Rider-Waite deck.
This deck also features a 'Happy Squirrel' card, a traditional humour that was started by the TV cartoon show 'the Simpsons'.
Although a more expensive than usual, this luxurious deck is worth the extra cost.
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The deck is fully illustrated.
The faces of these people are so riviting, that I predict that whatever emotional reaction that you have to them will affect your readings.
As a collector, its a must.
What I liked about the Touchstone Tarot online was the focus of the cards. The cards were more focused on the individual, and not so much the actions of what was going on. With the individual as the focal point one gets a better idea of the emotions of the card, which for me, leads to a more connected reading.
Kat Black calls these cards the 78 friends and this is so true. As I was on my way back home with these cards The first card was the Fool and this person looked exactly like the young man who was wandering the parking lot with a large red gasoline can, a small 30's style cap, and a bag in his hand asking people for some type of handout. Either he was mistaking me for a Fool when he attempted to approach me but failed, or he was so Foolish not to know better than to beg a perfect stranger for a ride to a gas station or money for gas. But the people in this deck look like strangers and friends you have or will come across in your life.
The LWB is your average length, sparse in explanation yet concise and precise. She's taken the traditional RW meanings and simplified it into a modern language appropriate and most likely to occur in this day and age. She also gives really great tips for those who are not familiar with Tarot about the frequency and predominance of certain suites or numbers in a reading.
Usually I hate the preface/introductions to decks but this one was relevant and highly worth the read before even touching your cards. It will give you more of an insight into the world of deck creation and the mission of this deck.
The box which stores the card is nice, its not hard to open, but it may be tricky in storing your cards safely as the top lid doesn't securely stay in place. One might want to place a rubber band around the box.
When I unwrapped the deck and went through the cards I found I had the hardest of times relating to the Coins suite. The Swords suite has a theme of butterflies/moths along with the swords. My favorite aspect of the decks is that you really get a sense of what the court cards are all about. My favorite of cards would be Strength (as what is on the cover) and Queen of Cups/Queen of Swords. Queen of Cups reminds me of a spoiled woman who is judgmental with that slight turned up nose and pucker mouth... you can see the positive and negative sides of all the court cards which has been hard to do with just the traditional RW drawing.
I did my first 3 card spread question, one that related to me and it gave me an answer that I was used to getting with other decks. But then I turned and asked a question pertaining to an associate. It was a 5 card spread this time and it was an-out-of-this-world-reading in terms of accuracy. Never have I had a deck that was so accurately specific. Finally a deck that, at least for me, throws in not only the nouns and verbs but also modifiers and and other words to help fill in the gaps that are so common with other decks. This deck doesn't just "speak" to me, it pretty much screams the answers out to me, but manages to still have a fluid two way conversation.
The cards are of an unusual shape but still easy to handle once shuffled a few times (they bend a little after a few shuffles). The cards are thinner than the Golden Tarot deck, but did not affect the shuffling or how the gilded edges maintained its integrity on the cards. Unfortunately these are not glossy cards (I love glossy cards) but they do nicely.
I was not disappointed with this deck or the LWB included. I think this deck will be the first of decks I resort to for readings from now on, tying with the Mythical Goddess Tarot with my Inner Child cards as a close second or third. By the way, I compared the Touchstone Deck with my two other favorite decks when inquiring about my friend and each deck gave the same cards or similar cards to support the verdict of the Touchstone, with each deck giving its own way of delivering the message. The Touchstone gives you a detailed story, rarely is the story broken up and it tends to gives you insight behind an individual's motive. The Mythical Goddess Tarot throws out pieces of information that might be hidden from the querent. The Inner Child cards tend to provide positive suggestions for situations, no matter how bad this situation might be.
Anyway, I love this deck. Its truly my last deck.