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Vivid and Engaging
on 22 August 2015
The imagery is familiar from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, but here it is far more vivid and immediate. We're much closer to the figures, and the colours are richly saturated. The effect is immersive, appealing and accessible. Several of the cards are grippingly beautiful--the 3 of pentacles, 2 of swords and 8 of cups are some of my particular favourites, looking like stained glass windows. A couple of the cards are disappointing to me--the vacant stares of the three women with the 3 of cups make this look less like an engaging social opportunity than the welcoming committee for a cult. The couple on the two of cups look like they're tensely recovering from a nasty argument...unlike the soft-saxophone sensuality of The Lovers.
The worst thing about this deck is definitely the 70s moustaches. The Magician, in particular, is a little hard to take seriously. If you can handle the staches, though, I think this is a wonderfully interesting and rewarding deck.
The cards have a wonderful hand-feel, slippery and lively, fun to shuffle. This would be an really good deck to begin with, although the 'white book' included with the deck really is just a folded sheet of paper with a few words of interpretation.