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on 5 October 2013
This fully-illustrated deck is presented in a delightful sturdy box with a high gloss finish, being designed to look like a brown paper package tied up with string, and with fairies escaping through the wrapping.

The card stock is good and well-finished. The cards are fully-illustrated and borderless, with a reversible design on the back in shades of brown and gold. All four of the suit symbols are incorporated into the design.

The booklet accompanying the deck is made from excellent quality glossy paper and is bound in a green cover designed to look like a school exercise book. The author gives the reader a personal insight into her artistic life, creative process and the materials used in the execution of the deck. The cards themselves are reproduced in miniature and in full colour. For the Majors, there is a description, along with upright and reversed meanings, whilst the Minors give a description for the Court cards only. Three spreads are described, the Three-Card, the Romany and the Celtic Cross, but no sample readings.

The Major card names and numbers follow the Rider-Waite tradition, along with easily recognisable depictions in vibrant colours. They are very bold and strong. The author has her own unique take on the images, e.g. The Emperor is depicted sitting on a large quartz crystal, flanked by other crystal points and with a hound at his feet; the Death card shows two skulls, one human with a butterfly on top, and one animal. The card that stands out from the rest, maybe slightly incongruously due to its large black background, is the Moon.

In the Minor Arcana, the suit names are Swords, Rods, Cup and Pentacles, and the colours blue and yellow seem predominant. These cards are full of fairies and fun, and are so playful that the reader gets drawn in straight away. Whilst they are all truly delightful, the suit that particularly stands out is the Rods, due to many of them having little faces and stick arms, e.g. the Five Rods are seen to be pushing each other away and scowling fiercely at one another.

All in all, this deck is a sheer pleasure, and it's been a long time since a deck attracted and held me like this one. You can see images of the cards in my Tarotcast. Not to be missed!
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