- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: U.S. Games; Gmc Crds edition (30 Sept. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0880791993
- ISBN-13: 978-0880791991
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,799,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Unicorn Tarot Set Paperback – 30 Sep 1997
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#1 the symbols and how they match the general meanings
#2 The quality of the artwork on the cards
The symbolism on these cards is very Minimal. I am not certain as to how any novice tarot reader could use these cards and be an effective reader. The purpose of having rich Symbolism on the cards is needed in order to help guide the reader in to the interpretation of the card. Some of the images on these cards do not even make sense to the meaning of the cards. The Death card features the skeleton of a unicorn, yet unicorns are a symbol of healing and health. This is just one example as to why I feel that the cards fell short.
As for the artwork, The deck felt rushed, it felt that each design on the card was not truly thought out. It doesnt mean that the artist did a bad job on the drawings, I feel that if the artist added more imagery to the deck, It would cover the inexpereince that you see in the drawings.
I would love to see a redesign of this deck, with richer artwork, more symbology, and more thought about what the intentions are of this deck.
This deck was created by Suzanne Star, and illustrated by Liz Hilton. In the 164 page book, the entire first chapter of 28 pages is devoted to a sort of fantasy story, which admittedly we lost interest in after a few pages. Chapter 2 actually starts addressing learning the Tarot, but goes back and forth between explaining beginning preparations and "counseling your clients", which is inconsistent in the level of instruction. In the first paragraph of Chapter 2, there is a sentence stating that "Centuries ago, the Romany Gypsy people spread the word about the ability to see the future through the use of Tarot." It has been determined through the diligent work of the Tarot historians that the Gypsy people did not use the Tarot. They used regular playing cards during that period in history, and many still do. Tarot comes from the "Carte da Troinfi", which was later changed to Tarocchi. and the first person credited with using it for foretelling the future was Eteilla, who published his first book on card reading in 1770. This inaccuracy was a big red flag for us, and as we proceeded further into the book, we became more and more disappointed. The symbolism can best be described as a very vague interpretation of the Rider/Waite/Smith with a unicorn thrown into the picture. We were not impressed with the artwork, which appears to be flat in both perspective and color.
Had we seen this deck and book beforehand, we would not have purchased it. As a general rule, preteen girls and unicorns go hand in hand, but not in this case. We can only hope at this point that her interest in learning the Tarot is still salvageable.