The drawings in the Motherpeace Round Tarot deck and book set reflect Goddess and earth-based cultures from all over the world and throughout history. Spread sheet not included.
After using these cards in readings for more than 10 years, the images have become part of how I view certain situations. For instance, the Eight of Discs, featuring a very pregnant woman sitting in a patch of watermelons, is how I now visualize the experience of waiting, sometimes impatiently, for something to come to fruition. Depicting "Strength" as the Irish Goddess Brigid sitting among animals has caused me to rethink what true strength means--groundedness--not brute force. The images are so intricately drawn that a regular reader always will discover new details and new perspectives.
When I started reading tarot cards, I wasn't looking for something to predict the future. I approached the cards as an opportunity to use guided imagery to reflect on my life and my future. Over the years, however, I have experienced some extremely odd coincidences, and now associate certain cards with certain events.
The companion book provides an excellent discussion about the inspiration for the images, and for the most part, a good sense of the meaning behind the images. Eventually, once one has used the cards for a while, the images can drive the reading, without constant referral to the guidebook. One drawback of the companion book is that it doesn't provide a variety of readings. For that, I would suggest "Tarot for Yourself."
As far as the feminist messages in the cards and book, I have found them very much based on love, and the perspective presented has been decidedly useful to me. It is not feminist in the negative sense (ie "man-hating"), but rather is feminist in the positive sense (loving, woman empowering). Probably there are people who will be turned off by this strong feminist slant, but for most women, I think it is an asset that they will appreciate.
I just asked my husband what his opinion was on the feminist slant of the deck. He says that the images on the cards (rather simple images with plenty of naked people, predominantly women) would be a turnoff to many men. On the other hand, he thinks highly of the deck, having seen first hand how much it has helped me through transitions in my life, and he respects the messages and wisdom that comes through the cards. In fact, it's interesting to note that the cards have, many times, helped our relationship over rough patches, and guided me into deeper love and trust of my husband.
I think that any woman who is looking for a deck that will help her to tune into her own intuition, a deck she can trust with her deepest questions, this is THE deck. Personally, I have not found any other deck that I would trust in the way I trust this deck. It goes to the heart of any question, helping to gain honest, loving perspective, and empowering you to make good decisions.
In ancient times, women were the ones of power and men respected a woman in all her glory. Menstrual cycles were expected and praised, young women did not fear rape and incest, and when the crone years came, women were not tossed outside to live in an "old age" hut.
I would like to direct you to history. Goddess based faiths were peace-loving, and historians have found no weapons at sites were women, and the Goddess, were revered. However, in the male-dominated sites, several types of weapons and devices of torture have been found.
So, in conclusion, I highly suggest these cards for any person, male or female. It is an investment with great payoffs!