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This review is from: Mini Motherpeace Tarot Deck (Cards) (Misc. Supplies)
The Motherpeace Tarot was originally created out of a need for a Tarot which would see the world through women's eyes, rather than the traditional male viewpoint, and the circular nature of these cards is a reflection of that. The booklet that accompanies the deck gives some interesting information about how many matriarchal societies were gradually taken over by patriarchy, and how in the present-day, there is a new awakening of Goddess-consciousness. It also describes a spread called 'the Motherpeace Layout', and a few words about the use of numerology with Tarot. The cards themselves depict images from many cultures all over the world, and included in the deck is a card relating the 'Charge of the Star Goddess' by Starhawk.
The names of two of the Major cards have changed - 'the Hermit' becomes 'the Crone' and 'the Hanged Man' becomes 'the Hanged One'. The composition and style of the Major cards are very different from traditional Tarot imagery. Some of the cards appear quite childlike, whilst Vogel and Noble have managed to convey both the strength and the gentleness of women everywhere.
The Minor cards are fully illustrated, again with very interesting depictions which are truly unique. The Court card titles are 'Daughter, Son, Priestess and Shaman'.
This deck interests me because it is so different from many other decks. Having said that, I didn't really connect with it. Given the small size of a lot of the images on this mini deck, it would probably be easier to read with the full-size version. It is surprisingly difficult to shuffle circular cards and I always feel I am in danger of ending up with seventy-eight cards spread all over the floor.