Archive for ‘Decks’

March 1, 2011

The Harry Potter Tarot

I have always loved to read, and since I was a teenager (hmmm, that’s a while back now), I loved to read High Fantasy. By the end of the last millenium, I was hooked onto the Harry Potter series like millions of others around the world. So it is a pleasure to come across a deck that combines the characters of one of my favourite fiction series with the Tarot iconography. I would like to list this deck’s art work (though it has not yet been published) as one of my favourite series of Tarot imagery.

Ellygator’s The Harry Potter Tarot

You can find a full set of images for the HP tarot at this link on Deviantart.

December 10, 2010

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law: Shadowscapes

A brilliant artist indeed, whose art work I keep coming across on several sites. I fell in love with the imagery on the deck she created and, most delightfully, regularly feature her artwork when I read a card for the day. She definitely deserves a mention on this humble blog of mine.

“Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has been painting fantastic otherworlds from early childhood, though her art career did not begin until 1998 when she graduated from a program of Computer Science. After three years of programming for a software company by day and rushing home to paint into the midnight hours, she left the world of typed logic and numbers, for painted worlds of dreams and the fae.

While most of Stephanie’s work is done with watercolors, she experiments with pen & ink, intaglio printing, acrylic, and digital painting as well.”

Some of her wonderful images…

Here is the link to her Shadowscapes website, which is in itself a work of art.

September 10, 2010

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.

April 26, 2010

The Robin Wood Tarot Deck

The Robin Wood Deck: these cards are created beautifully, in more or less the Rider-Waite Style. I personally prefer them because the colours are vibrant; but most importantly, the images that usually generate a pause in the client’s mind, do not create such an aura. The moment of indecision passes by quickly when these cards are read in both my … See more mind as well as within the mind of the Querent.

I especially love the way The Magician, The Devil, Death, The Hanged Man are represented in the major arcana and the Court cards are coloured here.

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