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Lovely artwork but sometimes a little 'too much' detail
on 2 January 2016
Not a fan of this deck. I have purchased nigh on 25-30 decks over the last 5 years and have only retained 8 of them, the rest ended up back on Amazon having only been used once. This one I kept as I am still unsure really.
First off, the quality of the card stock is excellent, thicker than most. Cards are edged in gold on outer edges but the card faces are edge to edge pictures - no frames.
The detail is excellent and if it were only a case of appreciating the artwork there would definitely be a 6 out of 5 stars for that but as a regular reader, I find the cards overly fussy, too much going on with too much colour. I find it hard to sometimes tell which card I am actually looking at - the King of Cups for instance, lots of blues and grays and you have to look quite closely for a several seconds to see his face and the cup he carries (although in this case it stands on a pedestal). I personally find this quite distracting and it makes it difficult to tune in to the images singularly and as a whole within the spread. Which most decks I lay out the spread, look generally at the overall picture of what I have and then start looking at each card combined with its surrounding cards, with this deck, I look at my spread and I don't know quite where my eyes want to be, here...there...up...down...it almost makes my head spin.
For a simple 3 card spread etc lovely to have so much detail to work with but I am often using the Celtic cross or my own 21 card general spread or 14 card relationship spread and these cards prevent me from giving an accurate reading. I have yet to feel comfortable with them. Yet I have kept them and am not sure why.
I think this deck is a little like Marmite - love it or hate it. I don't love it, I don't really hate it because there are some truly lovely cards in the deck but around 20 of them are too ornate for general reading. I guess it depends what kind of reader you are. I believe these cards take a little getting used to.