Time Frame: September 10, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Overall Rating: 😎😎😎😎😎
Theme: This deck follows the RWS, but gives a fresher perspective. I love the colors on the cards and I love that that the images are closer and more intimate. It feels as if I can really study them and get to know them. I also love the colors on this deck.
I really enjoyed working with this deck. It is a nice size to hold in my hand and I enjoy the artwork. One of the things I learned from playing with this deck is that playing solitaire is a great way to get comfortable working with the cards.
Overall, I feel the cards truly took on my energy and they felt like an old friend when I picked them up. I have to be honest and say that part of me wants to keep working with this deck, but I know that it is good to get familiar with all my decks.
|Six of Pentacles|
What I like about this version of the six of pentacles is that he looks happy to share what he has. He is giving with an open heart instead of giving from a place of gamesmanship or having to give to impress people. I also love that he is measuring what he gives out and I take that to mean that he is only giving what he can afford to give.
|Queen of Cups|
She's also looking deep into the cup as if she's doing a little bit of scrying while she's contemplating her coffee. Overall she looks very balanced and sure of herself, but she also looks like someone I wouldn't mind getting to know ad hang out with.
Justice is another beautiful woman who looks dedicated and ready to do business, but approachable. She looks as if she is someone who will truly listen to both sides of the story. Our lady justice is also fully engaged and ready to hear with all of her senses. She is not blind to what is before her.
I get the sense that this is someone who will truly listen and find the heart of the matter versus just the cold black and white of the facts. Whatever justice she dispenses will be fair and compassionate.
|Queen of Rods|
I especially love the juxtopositon of the cat and the lion as that gives us both the fun and friendly feline energy and the fiercer energy of the cat's larger cousin. Although this is not an Egyptian deck by any stretch of the imagination, this deck makes me think of Sekhemet and Bast with all the solar energy.
Least Favorite Cards
|Ace of Cups|
This card is beautiful and if I wasn't hung up on more traditional meanings to be found in the Tarot, I might actually like it. I do love the clouds in the background and the cup kind of just hanging out on top of the water. However, what I don't like is that the water falling from the sky seems to be missing the cup. I don't get the sense of water overflowing the cup into the stream like I do in other cards.
When I truly look at this card, it almost seems as if the card is being held aloft by the streams of water like a hot air balloon. It is an interesting interpretation, but overall I really don't like it.
|Eight of Rods|
I have to be honest and say that I never really like the eight of rods/wands as it seems to be a boring card. However, there are some versions okay with because you don't know if the wands are going up or coming down. In this version its pretty apparent they are coming down because in all of the rods, the blossoms have been shown pointing up.
This is just a boring card with very low energy and I truly get no sense of what is supposed to be happening in this card.
I don't like this card at all because there is too much religious symbolism. She is wearing a cross, she has the moon goddess symbol in her headdress, and the scroll may be Jewish. It is just way too much and overwhelming. I realize that the mixed symbolism also appears on other High Priestess cards, but I don't like it.
Even though I am not a Christian, what I like about the Christian Church is that they've chosen one mythology to follow. They are not trying to be all things to all people like this High Priestess is.
The Hierophant is one of those cards that I usually don't like, but that there are some decks that have a version I like. This is not one of those decks. I do not like this hierophant as he represents everything I believe is wrong with the Christian church. He looks cruel and the two children are bowing before him. It also looks as if he might be ready to strike them with his stick thingy.
Additionally, he looks totally disengaged. It doesn't appear as if he is connected at all with heaven or earth. He just appears in his own little world.
Overall, I really like this deck and it is a deck that I will read with again.