I was very lucky to come across this deck of taro cards and very surprised to read the reviews here on Amazon, which are somewhat limited to say the least; and concentrate on the negative rather than the positive. Taro cards in general are like chalk and cheese, there are so many different decks on the market that finding one that suits you is not always that easy; one can easily be attracted by a name, rather than a feeling that calls to you. One of the many consequences of being attracted by a name rather than a feeling that calls to you is that you will find yourself completely out of your depth through a lack of understanding; if the main theme of the deck is alchemy and you have no understanding of that then its obvious that you are going to fall at the first hurdle. If you are not open to your cards then how can they be open to you, the whole point of having a deck is to form a relationship with your cards through meditation. The nature of these cards is very interesting to say the least, they are extremely well thought out, the imagery quite delightful; it is very feminine but packs a very powerful punch which is very pleasing to say the least. The proof of any taro comes in the reading, this where these cards come into their own. I did a taro reading using this deck, it was never going to be a straight forward reading because the basis of the reading was centred on remembering on what he had forgotten. I had decided before the reading that I would not use any spread, rather let the cards flow one after the other. It was quite remarkable, the fluidity of the cards was quite amazing, it went back to his childhood; where issues that had been hidden for years came to light; the depth of the reading far deeper than I had expected, and an understanding which felt rather unique. The reading lasted over two and half hours and was spot on from start to finish. I would recommend this deck highly as it a real tour de force, remember it is not what you see but what you feel that counts!
The title of this tarot is quite misleading - it is not a tarot used or designed by Dion Fortune but by a member of an organisation of which she was a member - separated by a generation. The very in-depth but brief supporting leaflet is a condensation of Fortune's correlations of the Tree of Life to the tarot from her book, "The Mystic Qabala," and I wonder whether anyone who has not read and studied the book would make head nor tail of these instructions.
This is neither a traditional Renaissance pack, nor a beautiful, comforting New Age offering. Rather, it is confrontative and jarring in places, while reprinting some 15th century images and many other styles from the centuries since. Aesthetically jumbled and inconsistent, this deck nontheless cuts through complacency and preconceived ideas to offer insights as deep as the user might be prepared to look.