Twilight Realm Cards – 1 Mar 2010
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I have one issue with this deck that is bothering me, perhaps more than it should(?). That is the "Hanged One" card. There are good reasons for why the Hanged Man is typically depicted hanging upside down in modern decks, such as to show at a glance that this is about seeing everything from a new perspective & that some sort of self sacrifice is intended (consider the coin purse falling from the Hanged Man's inverted pocket in some decks) in order to reach a state of higher awareness. It also puts your querrant at ease...I have given a reading where the person I read for gasped upon seeing the Hanged Man (RWS deck) in the Near Future position. I calmed her by pointing out that the man was hanging by his foot and was not in immediate danger & that he was smiling and serene. I would not be able to do that with this deck because the Hanged One card clearly shows a woman hanging from her neck with a stool kicked out from under her and her legs flailing as though in struggle.
The book's explanation for the Hanged One is rather (in my opinion) far-reaching. It tells of a woman who'd gained enough power that she felt confident that she could free herself from what would otherwise be suicide. She chose this particular near-tragedy because she possibly wished to experience what condemned witches experienced during their executions (provided their necks didn't break of course). The woman inflicts this awful scenario on herself to test her abilities. She remains in this state until death is upon her whereupon she experiences enlightenment in addition to proving her abilities. Fae folk gather, ready to assist her should she need them to, to illustrate that we will receive assistance from loved ones in a time of need.
Okay, so this little story brings with it an interesting and well-meaning message, or messages.
However...this tale is a bit complex to express quickly/easily to a panicking querrant. Second, it's a somewhat cock-eyed interpretation from the usual card meaning (which is fine, I suppose. We're all entitled to change the rules of Tarot meanings after all...). And thirdly...it creates a risk in using this deck for particular querrants, as it might spell a very bad idea! While MOST of us are clear-headed enough to grasp that it is not prudent or logical to seek spiritual awakening and self-validation by attempting to rescue ourselves from a self-inflicted, near-death experience...there are those who are far more impressionable & less rational. We don't always know who they are when we read for them. Imagine explaining this card to just such a person during their reading, intending to get the right message across...only to learn later that they'd taken the message too seriously & had tragically lost their life in a similar exploit. I'm not saying it's likely to happen but I think you can understand why this artist's depiction of this card makes me uneasy.
As I've said though, I otherwise love this deck, allot. BUT I would be truly overjoyed if I were to someday learn that the Hanged One card were re-designed for future kits, to resemble a more common depiction--I would gladly re-purchase it to acquire that one card!
I'd fallen in love with the artwork I saw on a forum site, so I preordered the deck. When it arrived, I was very impressed with the quality of the box, booklet and cards. The cards are large, and when I first started reading tarot I was put-off by large decks, as I found them hard to shuffle. But I came to learn that the public loves large images that they can see well, and I adjusted my shuffling style. The card stock is great, and I love the black backs and backgrounds.
Those who love magical creatures and the faery realm are drawn from across a crowded room when they spot these cards. The images seem to float and sparkle. My favorite card is The Hierophant, which shows a strong capable woman standing on a faery mound striking it with her staff, which summons out dwarves, elves and fairies. The cavorting of the magical creatures and steadfastness of the central woman standing under the full moon creates a perfect balance between firm beliefs and open-mindedness. This is my favorite Hierophant of all the decks that I own.
It's not just pretty fairies and elves, this is a serious tarot deck! The artwork is so wonderful that I just stared at one card after another for days without reading the booklet or doing a reading. Then I was a bit afraid that it might give "fluff" readings, all sweetness and light. Nope. This is the real deal, and if you're not able to reach some of the depths to which these cards can take you, turn to the booklet, as Beth Wilder will definitely bring you up to speed in many respects; about the magical realm, her vision for the cards, and serious tarot meanings. Very well done!
Once I began to read the cards for myself and got some amazing insights, I began offering it for readings. People would take the deck from me and spend several minutes going through the cards, oohing and aahing. (One even said, "Oh, please pull this card for me!") The deck works like an ambassador, helping people to overcome their fears of getting a reading, following through with uplifting images, while not treating situations superficially.
Finally, Beth Wilder has created this work of art over a period of ten years (which shows in design and execution) and it includes characteristics from her relatives and friends. Thus, many of the faces portrayed have a familiar look, like a celebrity whose name you can't quite remember. It works to the advantage, as these more modern archetypes relate more to our complex world in many instances than the traditional models of the past. Toss in a few fairytale themes, and what more could you want in a modern, magical, gorgeous tarot card deck!
Artist/author Beth Wilder shares with you her knowledge and personal experiences with Faery in this gorgeously rendered deck. The attractive boxed set comes with a detailed 175 page book that offers a great deal of insight into the magic behind the artwork. I love this book especially because you feel the author is speaking personally to you, the reader. For anyone who loves to work with tarot, or collectors of tarot art, this deck is a must have. Step into the Twilight Realm-you won't be disappointed!
I love my deck. Not being a long time reader, I can't speak for someone who is. But I can say, I am blown away by the art, the quality, the book, and the intuitiveness of this deck. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone wanting to learn!!!
The companion book is delightful in bringing stories of faery folklore, from around the world, and which are blended into the interpretation for each card, whether minor or major arcana. Well organized and user-friendly, the 176 page book offers three simple spreads and, something I always find quite valuable—the reverse meanings for every card are also given. Black and white images of each card are displayed on the left, and the text of meanings is on the facing page. A fine line of color frames the border, and the colors match the four suits, with a fifth color for the major arcana. The card backs show a symmetrical ring of flowers; it’s so helpful to have a card back which doesn’t tip off the reader as to how the card is oriented in upright or reverse.
Strong and passionate feelings are aroused with these images--all the better to help jolt our humdrum life via the slap of the master’s hand. From blissful mermaids to cavorting nymphs to mischievous dwarves and even a grim banshee; we cannot hide from the mirror which reflects our own journey. I feel that I can trust these cards of the Tarot of Faery to tell the truth. And isn’t the truth what we’re all seeking anyway? I recommend the Twilight Realm for the seeker, the finder and the lover of life—including those who appreciate that the faery folk are close by, merely awaiting our thought, our belief in their companionship…let the communication begin.