I had had my eye on this deck for a while. As usual, I was on Facebook and saw someone doing a reading with this deck and it automatically went on to my wish list. This year I had the pleasure of attending Readers' Studio and on the the first day to my delight, I walked over to the Tarot Garden table and there it was in all its glory! I was so excited! I quickly opened the box and looked at each card. They were more beautiful than I even imagined! At first I didn't know whether this would just be a pretty, artsy deck that was unusable or if it would actually be functional. This deck turns out to be awesome for readings with just about anyone.
Deck Summary: This deck is created by Massimiliano Filadoro, Lunaea Weatherstone, Giulia F. Massaglia and pays homage to the art noveau style of Alphonse Mucha. The style is very beautiful and uses lots of curves and soft colors. This deck gives off a very feminine feel and has a few full figured woman which makes me smile. It also gives off a very bohemian feel, which makes the characters feel very fun and free.
The packaging (5 stars): Yay! I love decks that come in hard boxes. The front of this box has an illustration that is on the back of every card, a woman holding a bouquet and looking over her shoulder like she has a secret. On the other side is the picture of the Hermit Card, another particularly beautiful card. on the sides of the box with have the Justice and Temperance cards depicted.
The LWB (5 stars): The little white book in this deck is neither little of white. It is a book that does fit inside the box, but every page is full color with descriptions of each card. The book even has sample spreads in it! It's very cool how they fit so much information in this small book.
The Cardstock and Deck (5 stars): The cardstock for this deck is good, but if manhandled too much they might rip. It isn't super flimsy though, so you really should be ok. The deck is modeled after the traditional Rider-Waite. The Aces just have the hand holding the suit symbol and so on. I have to say my six favorite cards are The wheel of Fortune, The Fool, The Moon, The Devil, The Ace of Cups and the Nine of Cups. The Devil is especially interesting, with the fiery red tail and large headdress. This deck has a lot of women in it. Knights and Kings remain male, but many of the other cards have been changed having woman which is interesting. I enjoy when deck creators switch traditional genders in their decks, its always fun and cool to see. Another deck that comes to mind that does that is the Steampunk Tarot, where the the pages are these badass looking woman, which is so cool.
Divination Potential (5 stars): This deck is a deck that tells the truth in a way that is very palatable. The smooth and enchanting images really draw you into the card and help you tell the story. I love it.
Final Note (5 stars): This deck is absolutely beautiful. If you like a deck that is playful, beautiful, soft but still does awesome readings, I would recommend this deck to you.
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