The Tarot of Jane Austen

I have been a fan of Jane Austen ever since I had read Pride & Prejudice for a High School English assignment. Since then, I have realised that Sense & Sensibility is my favourite from her work. So it was no surprise that when I had the chance to pick up a Tarot deck based on her work, I did not think twice before buying it.

It is a lovely deck indeed, published by Lo Scarabeo, with the art reminiscent of water coloured drawings that probably Elinor Dashwood herself had drawn. The suits are divided into Teacups, Quills, Candlesticks and Coins and the symbolism is akin to Rider-Waite-Smith. The cards mainly feature scenes from Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. The cards themselves have scenes drawn out from the books and movies and if one has not read a particular book, I may go so far as to say, that these images would prompt one in buying the Austen book to attain a better understanding of it.

It is truly a wonderful deck, not only because of the artwork that shows the astonishing research of Jane Austen’s work but also because of the symbolism in character that gives an even deeper meaning and perspective to individualistic readings. The Aces of the Suits all have books in them along with the suit icon atop them. This is definitely a good deck and I would give it a 3.5/5 rating. I refrained from giving it an extra point because the only drawback that this deck has is that it requires a companion book to go with it, it is a necessity at least at the very beginning stage of familiarising one’s self with the deck.


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