I was anxious to receive this deck. Being all the cards were supposed to be friendly, gentle, and safe, I was curious to see how Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine interpreted the traditional Tarot cards. The deck is a full 78 cards, and are the same size(3.5" x 5")and card stock as all of Doreen's Oracle cards, which does make this deck a little difficult to shuffle. The images on these cards are quite detailed and stunning, so I can see why they wanted to use the larger cards. There are keywords on the bottom of each card which makes this deck great for beginners of Tarot. The court cards not only have the keywords listed, but at the top there are 4 'personality' traits associated with that card; this is a plus for those that have trouble with court cards.
Five of Air (swords) says: An unwise choice. Learn what you can from this situation. Review everyone's motives.
Four of Earth (pentacles) says: Being too frivolous or too cautious with money. Good business decisions. Giving to those less fortunate.
Page of Fire (wands) says: Outgoing, Creative, Confident, Mischievous and News of an exciting new endeavour. Use your originality and ingenuity.
The suits of the Minor Arcana are Fire (wands), Water (cups), Air (swords), and Earth (pentacles). The courts are the traditional Page, Knight, Queen, & King.
Fire = Dragons
Water = Mermaids
Air = Unicorns
Earth = Faeries
Each suit of the Minor Arcana cards are a different colour, which is a really nice aspect. The Major Arcana is purple. For those who follow the traditional Rider-Waite numbering it might be a little disappointing to find out that in this deck, Justice and Strength are switched with Justice being card 8 and Strength moving to card 11. Each of the Major Arcana are associated with an Archangel and some have been renamed to make them gentler. They are as follows:
0 - The Fool is called The Dreamer
5 - The Hierophant is called Unity
12 - The Hanged Man is called Awakening
13 - Death is called Release
14 - Temperance is renamed Balance
15 - The Devil is referred to as Ego'
16 - The Tower is renamed Life Experience
20 - Judgement is Renewal
It's important to note that while most of the cards do depict the symbolism of Tarot, this doesn't have the feel of a typical Tarot Deck, but more of a oracle deck; not just because of the size but also the look of the images and the keywords on each card, etc. While this is a Tarot deck on all accounts, I was definitely expecting something different than what was in the box. However, overall this is a very nice deck and if you like other Doreen Virtue decks and are interested in adding a friendly and stunning Tarot deck to your collection, it's definitely one to consider.
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