Haindl draws upon his knowledge of ancient cultures and his experience living with Native Americans to create a deck that is colorful and penetrating study in humility and reverence for nature.
What emerged was a deck that Ms. Pollack describes as "a sacred Tarot, one which reaches back to ancient spiritual traditions of many cultures."
Ms. Pollack first published her companion books to this deck back in 1990, at the request of Mr. Haindl's publisher. Ms. Pollack has discussed with Mr. Haindl his vision of what the cards represent and has put together two volumes that cover each card and the symbolisms the artist was looking to achieve. These books are the reprints of the original books, revised and updated.
The deck itself is based on the Rider-Waite outline as they maintain the same number and names of the major arcane and the four numbered suites and court cards. We recognize the Fool as 0 and the Hermit as IX, so we are not totally unfamiliar with the layout of the deck. But the similarities end there. The images are purely unique and beautifully presented, and include Hebrew letters and astrological connection which are traditionally associated with those cards. The suits are still wands, cups and swords, but Mr. Haindl has substituted stones for pentacles.
The books are separated into two volumes. The Major Arcana is explored in the first volume and the numbered cards and court cards are discussed in the second volume. Ms. Pollack explains; "Hermann Haindl designed each of the three sections of the deck - the Major Arcana, the Court cards and the numbered cards - in different ways."
This deck is unique in its perspective to be all inclusive as far as spiritual content is concerned. Ms. Pollack does a tremendous job at explaining what Mr. Haindl wanted when he designed the deck, and the meanings behind the imagery.
If you own the deck or looking to purchase it, these books are essential in understanding and working with it. If you are looking for a deck that crosses the spiritual boundaries imposed by other decks, give this deck a look and see if the imagery speaks to you.