I recently stumbled upon the term “TOADie”. That’s someone who “suffers” from Tarot Over-Acquisition Disorder. I’ve not reached the heights of my friend George, but every once in a while, I find a deck that speaks to me and I must buy it.
For a long time, I had struggled with the religious and masculine overtones of the Waite-Smith deck. It’s actually even more well know as the Rider-Waite for the publisher and the guy who commissioned the art. Pamela Smith, who created imagery, is usual left out. You get my point, yes?
I had been looking for a Pagan themed deck for years now. Most of them, I found sort of stiff. That’s the best word I can come up with for the imagery. And I read images. I don’t memorize cards.
One of the things I love about this deck is that it is designed to actually be used for spell work. Yes, I’m “one of those people”. It should be noted that although “traditional” decks have the Wands representing the Element of Fire and Swords representing the Element of Air, this deck is the opposite, which really resonates for me. (I had to actually type that sentence out three times because I kept typing it wrong.. or right depending on your perspective). If you are a stickler for wands = fire and swords = air, then this deck is not for you
However, if Pagan symbols, beautiful artwork and diversity are your jam, then this deck is for you.
I mean, look at this handfasting…
and these two fellas sharing a drink
The mounts chosen for the Knights are also pretty spectacular
Oh and look at these amazing women, eh?
I’m also super fond of the back design. If you read reversals, you might have a bit of difficulty as there is a top and a bottom. I don’t read reversals. I find them too chaotic. Also, some folks find the cardstock to be very thin. And it is. It may not hold up to a billion readings, to be honest. But I am the one who handles my cards as most of my readings are internet or email based, so for me it’s not a big deal.
The book that comes with is SUPER thick and really detailed.
Some of the complaints that I’ve read on the internet is that the book doesn’t give enough information on the imagery, however there is a page in the front that details why certain animals were chosen and what many of the symbols mean. You get to actually take this information and formulate your own meanings. I actually prefer that and I appreciate the list of symbols in the book as I was unfamiliar with a few.
I am so completely, totally in love with this deck that I’m struggling to actually use them for readings. I feel like I need to get to KNOW them better. So! My plan is to look at each card and spend some time with it. I’ll be posting here as sort of my Tarot Journal. I hope you enjoy me on this journey and share your insights with the imagery.
In my naiveite, I did not realize how many card images were stolen and reproduced when I published this post almost 5 years ago… I took down all the images as I didn’t want to contribute to helping someone else steal the beautiful artwork.