Universal Wirth Tarot Cards – Feb 8 2008
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The big problem for me is a simple one. I'm so used to seeing Swords as air and Cups as water, so this deck is hard for me to read with since they are reversed here. I understand the history of such interpretation, but can't get past the fact that it's the opposite of the way I view the cards. For instance most cups in this deck have a butterfly motif on the Cup itself and butterflies and birds and nice blue skies as a focal point. The Sword cards contain waves, pools, the ocean, fish, lobsters etc. You get my point.
All in all, this is one of the more beautiful decks out there. If you are looking for fantastic art and a modern take on a historical deck, then by all means pick it up. However, if you are like me and typically interpret the minor arcana as Wands/fire, Pentacles/earth, Cups/water, Swords/air, and you think it may be difficult to get around this in a reading, think again before you buy.
From my blog: "The Chalices/Cups suit, which SHOULD be Water, have been confused for Air (as you'd already guessed), with the theme being butterflies (I'm not kidding) throughout, sprinkled with eagles. The Coins are treated properly as earth, and the Wands I like the best. Not only are the Wands almost always shown on fire (like they should), but on the 3 of wands you get a head shot of what is apparently the owner's Labrador Retriever. I wish I was kidding. I'd love to hear from anyone regarding how they can possibly divinate with a straight face using this deck..."
Oh, and for those of you saying that "It's no problem switching them around, as this is in the style of some Spanish school of thought", I would point out that the LWB gave all traditional interpretations.
I'll try to add pictures to the product page so you can see what I mean... It is NOT a slight difference.
Oh, and since it's Lo Scarebo the paper is of fair/poor quality. Not to worry, this deck won't get worn out.
More seriously, the colors and artwork are great. The imagery is evocative.Some previous knowledge of tarot would be useful, so it might not be a newbe deck.
I am pleased to have this deck in my collection along with many of LoScarabeo's fine decks.