Deck Reviews

DECK REVIEW: The Golden Moth Illumination Deck

▶︎ This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review

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The Golden Moth Illumination Deck is such a unique and special little oracle. I’ve had it on my wishlist for several years, but every time I was able to order it I was always late to the party and it was sold out, for good reason! This deck was created by artist Aijung Kim. It was first released back in 2012 and is now in its 3rd printing. The deck consists of 68 cards + 2 blank cards for you to use how you like.

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Besides the deck being simply amazing on its own, I really love the handbook that the deck comes with. Aijung really urges the reader to use their own intuition and personal symbolism within this deck. The cards are great for divination, self growth and personal reflection, as well as creative play. They are fantastic for writing prompts as I have come to learn!

I’m quite smitten with this sweet little deck, it was brilliantly created and I’m so glad to have it in my collection. I’ve been using it often since I received it and I can already tell that it will be a great deck to use with my clients.

The cards are smaller and measure roughly at 2.125” x 3.25”.

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favorite cards

It was so difficult to narrow down my top favorite cards, all of them jump right out to me with stories to tell. Some of the cards feel very tarot inspired, while most are inspired by themselves. One card in particular that I fell in love with was #56. Here we have an earthworm digging down into the rich soil alongside a little sprout of a plant with deep roots. I get a sense of grounding and assistance in this card, much like worms in a compost pile. As an avid gardener, I love seeing worms in our soil. It shows us that the soil rich in nutrients, well aerated and is providing organic food for the plant to feed off of.

I also really like card #64 with the image of a person that seems to be in distress but has sprouts growing from them. This card gives off strong 10 of Sword vibes and I' love it! the imagery gives me hope when I look it over. The handbook mentions “allowing oneself to grow naturally” and that really resonates well for me!

Lastly, one of my absolutely favorite card from this deck is #55. I’m very drawn to hands in general so it was no surprise that I was drawn to this card, our hands hold great magic and intention. This card for sure lures me in. It has a feeling of hardship and being worn down, it’s time for some much needed rest before you injure yourself any further. I know when I get injured while working with my hands, I tend to try and push through the pain… this card feels like it’s asking that I just stop and take care of matters before they get any worse. It’s a card that speaks to me deeply about self care, even in smaller matters.

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Card stock + Shuffling

I’ve noticed that most smaller decks tend to be stiff to shuffle, this is far from the case with the Golden Moth Illumination Deck! It’s bendy thin and shuffles like butter! You know that feeling when you find a deck that shuffles so well and it’s soothing to sit and handle? This is one of those decks! It rifle shuffles beautifully and overhand shuffles like a dream.

The card stock is thin but not too thin, I really like it! The cards are a satin-like matte that photography very well and the edges are very smooth. I’m quite pleased!

Card Imagery

The Golden Moth is a very minimal deck but packs a punch in detail. The imagery is very clear and direct, they contain tiny stories on each card. Some of the imagery feels very familiar and the symbols within the cards speak volumes! You can easily pick up the interpretations of each card without having to resort to the handbook.

The color palette of this deck is limited to just two colors - gold and turquoise, on top of white card stock. They go very well together and I love the simple nature of this deck. It’s both simplistic yet very personal.

Also, the cards do not have titles on them, just numbers for easy look-up in the handbook that can also double for numerology divination if you work with that system. I love that they were created this way, often times words really distract my intuition and have me second guess my interpretation. Aijung specifically left off titles for that exact reason and I’m so very glad!

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Guidebook + Packaging

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The Golden Moth Illumination Deck comes with an amazing handbook. It’s 44 pages and packed with some great information, not just info to use with the deck but info that can be applied to other decks and divination mediums. Aijung gives a very clear and well written introduction chapter that talks all about the deck in general. It was a very inspiring read! There are also tips in reading with these cards, several methods to try out, spreads (along with a sample), and a keyword listing for all of the cards in case you need some inspiration. I find this book very useful and have already tried out several of the spreads, they’re awesome!

The deck comes packaged in a tuck box with a folded guide, and comes with the handbook. It’s packaged very well and I loved the overall presentation of it all!

Overall

I’m madly in love with this little deck! I’ve been working with it for personal daily pulls and it reads so well. I find that this deck is a great tool for self discovery and personal growth, it’s a real hidden gem that deserves to be in the spotlight!

⤳ Find this deck and others created by Aijung Kim HERE
⤳ Also, there is a blog dedicated to this deck
HERE

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DECK REVIEW: Neon Moon Tarot

** This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review here!

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Every once in a while a deck will come along that causes my heart to skip a beat. When the Neon Moon Tarot appeared on my Instagram feed, it was an instant love and I knew it would be a deck that I would connect well with! I quickly ordered this deck back in September and have been working with it closely ever since, it has quickly become one of my favorite and most reliable decks.

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The Neon Moon Tarot was created by the talented James Brothwell of Pixel Occult. The deck was originally launched on Kickstarter earlier this year in February which did incredibly well! James has now had three successful decks fund through Kickstarter, his most recent is an oracle deck called the Aborabyssal Oracle. I’m a big fan of his art and style, the stories on his cards breathe and feel so full of life.

These cards are around standard size and measure at 2.75” x 4.75”.

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favorite cards

Like usual, I had to narrow down my favorite cards because I could totally ramble on about each one! They are all amazing, I’m not kidding. The cards, while very futuristic, are completely relatable and resonate well with everyday life.

The Ace of Cups (which are Vials in this deck) has never been a favorite card of mine in most decks, it usually oozes romance. I love the Ace of Vials in this deck! It features a hand holding a freshly cracked open drink that’s overflowing. I really get that sense that someone is handing me this drink and it’s time to enjoy the moment together.

“Share a drink with me and let’s count our blessings and forget our troubles”
- from the booklet.

Another card I adore is the Moon. In this deck I get the feeling that what was once lurking in the shadows is now creeping into the moonlight. It leaves me feeling a bit uneasy and nervous, wondering what those creatures in the card are up to and why they walking towards me… or are they? The moon is full and everything that goes bump in the night is anxiously coming out to play!

The imagery on the Four of Arms (Swords) has a really fresh look that I like a lot! It shows a person sitting in meditation with their knives at rest and their hands relaxed on their knees. It’s a moment of silence and a quieting of the mind, I really love how this card was recreated!

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Card stock + Shuffling

Card stock is one thing that can make or break a deck for me and I’m happy to report that the Neon Moon Tarot has absolutely amazing card stock! It literally feels like butter in your hands, the cards slide with ease when shuffling and feel soft to the touch. I can’t quite explain it, but they are just really nice quality at 300gsm. They are a truly joy to shuffle and work with!

Card Imagery

This Neon Moon Tarot features a neon pop of colors and a limited color palette of just black, neon pink, light blue, and purple. I love the attention to detail each card contains, like a mini graphic novel. The Neon Moon Tarot follows RWS themes and archetypes and focuses on futuristic cyberpunk with lively characters. It’s truly a delight to work with!

Another thing to note about this deck is the renaming of the suits. The suits have been renamed as follows: Wires (Wands), Arms (Swords), Vials (Cups), and Zent (Pentacles). Along with the renaming of the suits, the court card names have also been renamed as follows: Apprentice (Pages), Agents (Knights), Supervisors (Queens), and Executives (Kings).

The card backs feature neon pink moon phases and geometric linework, it really ties into the cyberpunk and futuristic theme of the cards!

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Guidebook + Packaging

I’m usually not to fond of the little books that come with most decks but I really treasure the booklet that came with the Neon Moon Tarot! It gives you insight to the vision that James had for this deck and some background info about how the deck is set up. Each card contains a few keywords, including reversals, and has a sentence or two of the story behind each card.

“I greeted you for the last time as a friend and your response was to savage me as a foe.” - 3 of Arms (Swords) from the booklet

Along with the booklet, the deck comes packaged in a great solid and sturdy box. Usually I move my working decks to a custom bag that I sew for each deck, but I’ve decided to keep this deck in the box it came with since I like it a lot!

Overall

I’m a big lover of this deck and what James has created! It’s unique and remains in my rotation of working decks. Even though the names in this deck have been changed, I find that it would be a great addition for a beginner reader as the imagery really speaks volumes! It’s also great for well seasoned readers alike, it’s very versatile!

⤳ Find this deck HERE
⤳ Find more work by James Brothwell on his Instagram page
HERE

** This deck review is also shared on the Indie Deck Review along with other great reviews!

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DECK REVIEW: Russian Tarot Lubok

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When I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a unique, Russian tarot deck, I jumped at the chance! I was quickly fascinated with this darling deck and couldn’t wait to see it in person. When it finally arrived I was so excited to get a closer look! Going through each card felt like I was flipping through a charming story book, it is filled with so many cute images and each card has such great detail. This deck is beyond adorable with cheeky humor!

The Russian Tarot Lubok deck took 2 years to make and was created by two amazing tarot masters: Sergey Savchenko, who has been practicing tarot in Russia for 24 years, and Eugene Vinitski, a professional cinema artist and tarot master who lives in Switzerland. The deck features delightful Russian fairytales and familiar imagery, perfect for readers of all levels!

The deck is written in Russian but the imagery is so clear and concise that it’s easy to pick up what is going on. The art is both lovable and entertaining, I just can’t get over how sweet the characters are on the cards!

The cards are standard tarot size and measure roughly: 2.75” x 4.75”.

What does Lubok mean?
Lubok (лубок) in Russian means simple graphics and narratives taken from literature and popular folktales. It is commonly used as decoration in houses and inns.

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favorite cards

Every card has something I love on it, all the way down to how they were illustrated and colored. It was hard to pick just a few but I managed to narrow it down and want to show case several cards!

Starting with the Major Arcana, the Fool caught my attention first! It illustrates the Fool with a rosy-red nose, riding an adorable lavender javelina… oh how cute is that! It’s so charming! Another card that quickly seized my eye was the High Priestess illustrated as a gorgeous indigo owl/bird holding a crescent moon. I adore this card and I think it may be my absolute favorite in the entire deck, it just screams mystery and intuition! The last Major Arcana I want to highlight is the Strength card, it’s yet another cute, hilariously illustrated card. It shows a woman riding a 7-headed dragon with her nipples out! Did I mention this deck has a great sense of humor? Love it!

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Moving along to the Minor Arcana… there are so many amazing cards, it was extra hard to pin down a few so I just pulled two for the review. The 7 of Wands looks to be featuring a drunk man looking and pointing up at the birds carrying things on their back across the sky. Talk about seeing things when your plastered, haha! Another card I love is the 3 of Swords which illustrates a man being tied to a chair getting his heart torn out by a devil. Ya, I think that is exactly how it feels when this card comes to life! Also, I love the smug look on the devils face, priceless!

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Cardstock + Shuffling

The Russian Tarot Lubok was printed on nice sturdy 350 gsm cardstock that feels really smooth to the touch but not glossy, which I like! The cards are thick but still pliable for shuffling and because they are standard tarot card size, they handle well and fit good in your hands. While I’m quite picky with cardstock, I’m very happy with this deck! It’s great quality!

Card Imagery

There are a few things I want to highlight about this deck and the card imagery. First off, the entire deck is written in Russian but don’t let that steer you away, it’s very easy to pin point which cards are what! All of the Minor Arcana cards show the suit symbol on the top right corner, so it’s easy to tell which suit the card comes from. The Ace through 10 have numbering at the top of each card for quick reference, so matching the number with the element symbol is easy peasy!

The courts are also easy to recognize and are simple to understand once you look at them closely. All of the Pages show a younger/teen person, the Knights are each on a horse, the Queens showcase all adult women as the main imagery, and the Kings are all wearing crowns and of course, they look like a king.

The Major Arcana is also very easy as the numbering of the cards are all written in Roman Numerals on the bottom of the cards and seem to follow RWS order. All in all, the cards are very easy to pin point and I actually like that I can’t read the card titles in english because it pushes you to really tap into your intuition more!

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Each card has a white border that makes the images pop! The colors are absolutely perfect and fit this deck beautifully. The illustrations are clearly done and the story on each card comes to life in your hands. I haven’t seen a deck this lively in quite a while that both stretches the imagery and still follows a RWS system, I really enjoy it!

The card backs showcase a rich in color lattice pattern with the sun and moon featured, they are reversible as well which is always nice.

The deck does come with two extra cards! One is, I believe, a significator card that features a man and a woman on opposite sides of the card, this is optional to use. The other card is blank and I think can be used as a marking card (where you shuffle the deck with this card in it, then look for it as a marker as to where to cut the deck for a reading) or you could get creative and use it for something else if you choose to. You could even leave it in the deck and put special meaning to it!

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Guidebook + Packaging

If you were hoping for an English guidebook, you’re in luck! The deck has the option to come with a downloadable guidebook that is in English, it can also be purchased separately. It is well written and adds more info about the cards. I highly recommend the guidebook if you are looking for more guidance on the cards, but if you are an intuitive reader like me, you don’t have to worry about having it on hand. The cards really speak for themselves I find!

The Russian Tarot Lubok comes packaged in a hard box that features a lid that comes off the top, it’s such a nice box! I wish all decks came in boxes like this one, it’s awesome! Inside the box was the securely fit deck and a little white book (in Russian). The packaging was great, I was very impressed!

Final Thoughts

I have to say that I absolutely love this deck, even more than I thought I would! It’s both charming and funny, but also very relatable and familiar. I’m extremely grateful that they reached out to me for a review and I’m even more grateful to have this deck now in my collection, it’s a real treat!

⤳ You can buy this deck HERE

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DECK REVIEW: The OK Tarot

** This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review here!

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If you are looking for a cute, minimalistic deck, then the OK Tarot is just the medicine you need! The OK Tarot was created by Adam J. Kurtz, artist and author of many other amazing projects. I’m a big fan of simple designs and sometimes that’s just what I crave when I’m doing a reading, Adam’s deck really feeds that need for me! I’ve found that this deck gives very clear and direct messages, that still leave room for intuitive reading.

The OK Tarot is all pink, yes, all pink! It features black, marker styled linework with solid pink card backs. Did I mention it’s all pink? Bring on the pink!! The cards are standard tarot size measuring roughly at 4.75” x 2.75” and feel great in your hands.

If you’re a fan of keeping your decks in the boxes they come in, you’re in luck! The OK Tarot comes in a nice, sturdy deck box that makes some of my other decks jealous! It’s a solid lidded box that is sure to keep your cards safe and sound, perfect for throwing in your bag or keeping them on your shelf. The deck also comes with a nicely bound guidebook with very simple and easy to follow keywords, great for the beginner reader I think!

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favorite cards

I’m a big fan of the major arcana suit, not just because they are more illustrated than the rest of the deck, but because of the cute symbols used on each card. My favorite suit in the deck would have to be the swords, that’s always a favorite suit for me in most decks. The Ace’s are very sweet as well, I love the way Adam illustrates hands. Have I said “adorable” enough in this review? I can’t help it, it’s truly an adorable deck!

I adore the Tower and the Hierophant! Anytime an “eye” is featured on a card has me swoon, I’m obsessed with the sacred eye and symbolism. The hierophant leaves much room for personal interpretation as well, you have a key, more hands, and that rose. Subtle, yet so much can be pulled from just those few symbols.

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Cardstock + Shuffling

I’m a big fan of the cardstock used in this deck, it has a nice smooth feel to them without being glossy or overly shiny. I personally love to photograph my readings and daily cards to share on social media, this deck is photo happy! The cards a good mix between thick and thin, they feel as if they will take some rough handling and shuffling well. When it comes to shuffling, the OK Tarot shuffles like butter, very smooth and even. I’ve been obsessively shuffling this deck since it arrived in my hot little hands!

Card Imagery

This deck is all symbols and simple drawings, there is no gender illustrated on the cards and I love that. I especially love how the courts were executed, very straightforward and all they all match up quite well. The Page’s are all shown with a pillow, the Knight’s with a shield, Queen’s with a scalloped crown and the Kings with a more pointed one. When combining suit + rank, it makes for a quick interpretation when reading the courts, much like working with Marseille decks.

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One thing to note, if you rely on scenic pip cards for intuition triggers, this deck may be a little bit of a challenge for you but I still think you can pick up intuitive hits quite easily. I consider myself an intuitive reader and have had no issues with reading the language of these cards (specifically in the minor arcana) in this deck. Some of the suits are more expressive than others but I find that discovering a way to tie your interpretation into the imagery helps a lot!

For example, take the 5 of Coins for instance. You can slightly see how the coins at the bottom of the cards are smaller than the coins at the top, this reminds me of how things are diminishing or things getting smaller... a lot like when you are running out of money or the means to get by.

Another card, the 10 of Wands. I tend to relate this card often as a big mountain to climb or a heavy task that will be a lot of work right now, but worth it in the end if you stay on course. When I look at the 10 of Wands in the OK Tarot, I quickly thought of a ladder! I’m not a fan of ladders and they quickly remind me of treehouses when growing up. I hated climbing them. I was horrible with ladders. Though I knew that if I bit the bullet and climbed the ladder to the top of the treehouse I would be glad that I climbed it because it was really cool being up there with everyone else and I had a chance to catch my breath... before we all made the journey back down the ladder, oh joy.

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Guidebook

The little guidebook is a 48 page booklet that touches base on the basics of tarot and some info to get you started if you’re new to the amazing world of Tarot! Also, the intro was written by Kelsey Anderson. The booklet also has some simple spreads and little tips. I really love how it’s filled with only keywords for each card, it gets straight to the point and lets you fill in the rest.

Overall

All in all, I really love this sweet little deck much more than I thought I would! I think it’s bound to add a nice layer to your readings and even give you some new perspectives with the clean and clutter free imagery. Sometimes less is more!

⤳ Find this deck HERE
⤳ See more picture of this deck
HERE

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DECK REVIEW: The Hip Chick Tarot

I have a fun deck to share with you all! The creator of the Hip Chick Tarot, Maria Strom, reached out to me recently to see if I would be interested in doing a review of her new tarot deck and of course, I said yes! I’ve seen this deck floating around on Instagram and was excited to see it in person! Here’s my review of this inspiring deck!

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The Hip Chick Tarot was created and illustrated by Maria Strom in May 2018, so it’s still a brand new deck! The deck is centered around women empowerment and I love that! My daughter is very interested in this deck and has already called dibs on using it, so I think that goes to say that it’s a deck for all ages. I was quite surprised while going through the cards, they read very well and really paint a clear picture of things!

The illustrations in this deck give me total Keith Haring vibes and that alone makes me happy, I absolutely adore Keith Haring. The artwork is very minimal yet still packs a punch and gives you a full story on each card, leaving lots of room for personal interpretation.

The suits have been changed, as well as some of the names of the Majors and court cards This was done to help the reader connect to the cards on a more modern level and I think they were chosen well:

Create (Wands) - Feel (Cups) - Think (Swords) - Earth (Pentacles)
Queen (King) - Boss (Queen) - Teen (Knight) - Child (Page)

I love the color palette of the cards, it’s soft and bold at the same time with very clean lines. The people in this deck are what I adore the most, so much diversity going on that I will talk about more in this review below. The deck was published through Schiffer Publishing and like most of their decks, it comes well packaged in a nice sturdy box!

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A few of my favorite cards

This deck is adorable and made it hard to pull out just a few favorite cards but I picked my top four that truly resonate with me!

Right away, I connected with the Hermit card. I adore the imagery of the person rooted inside the tree, it’s really beautiful symbolism! It reminds you to listen to your natural instincts and to stay rooted in it. I was also drawn to the 8 of Think (8 of Swords) and love this more modernized version of this card of being surrounded by your thoughts and thinking you can’t get out of this. I feel this card deeply, even down to notion of hiding in a hoodie… I thrive in my cardigan when I’m feeling pretty overrun by my negative thinking. It’s like a security blanket for me but I know that if I just take it off, nothing will happen to me yet I can’t see it that way when I’m feeling like this.

The High Priestess… my absolute favorite card in this entire deck, I love it to pieces! The cats peeking at you, the moon rising, how comfortable she looks... Love it!!

Lastly, I really love the Tower card, it’s a more empowering image than we are used to seeing. This person is breaking out of the tower as if they are breaking that “glass ceiling”. Nothing is going to get in their way, they’re unstoppable and finally free. Whatever was holding them back is no longer in the way!

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Deck details

Cardstock
I was very pleasantly surprised by the cardstock of this deck, it’s like satin finish that feels really nice! All of the Schiffer published decks in the past that I owned were very glossy, this is a total opposite and I’m thrilled with it! It feels thick but not stiff, it’s a really nice carstock!

Shuffling

This deck shuffles very smoothly and feels great in a rifle shuffle! The cards are thick but have a really nice bend to them that makes shuffling quite fluid and easy. You know how picky I am when it comes to shuffling, this deck totally makes the cut for me! I’ll note that the cards are roughly 4.75” x 3.25” and are just a smidge wider than a standard tarot card, which makes for shuffling easy I think.

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In the package
The deck arrived in a nice, large and sturdy box that houses the book and deck. The big boxes fit nicely on your bookshelf and for sure keep the deck secure while in them. I tend to put my decks in bags when they come in large boxes but that’s just a personal preference. It’s a perfect tarot box set for someone just starting out in tarot or loves to keep a deck and book together.

Diversity
As I mentioned earlier, this deck is diverse! It’s filled with different body shapes and sizes, abilities, ethnicity, skin tones, etc - so many beautiful people grace these cards. Even though the Hip Chick Tarot is themed around women empowerment, I don’t feel like the people in the cards are strictly gendered which I am loving!

Guidebook
This deck comes with a nice 111-page guidebook! I love when decks come with these larger books, it gives you a chance to really get inside the deck creators mindset when they created the deck as well as read their own thoughts on tarot. The book mentions the change of suits and other names as well as info on how to use the cards if you are new to tarot. It also features some great tarot spreads and info about each card. Each card gets a page of info written, this book is really loaded in all the good ways!

Overall
While I think this deck is great for all readers, I think it would be a great deck set for a new tarot reader or even younger readers. The artwork is sweet and bold, gives great readings and is very fluid to read with. The new suit naming makes a lot of sense and is fairly easy to change over.

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

This deck was given to me for free for an honest review, grateful for the opportunity!

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DECK REVIEW: The Numinous Tarot

I know I always say this, but I think I've finally found the perfect deck for myself! The Numinous Tarot. This deck has really impressed me way more than I had expected it to! I ordered this deck out of the blue after watching several YouTube reviews and fell in love instantly!

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I remember watching this deck come to life when it was being created a few years back. It caught my eye then but I never took the plunge to order it, not sure why I waited so long but I'm glad I have it now. The deck was originally launched on Kickstarter back in July of 2017 but the deck didn't officially come out until early 2018, so it's still a very new deck and one that needs to be talked about more!

The Numinous Tarot was created, illustrated, and written by the talented Noel Arthur Heimpel. This deck is non-binary, queer, diverse and features different body types, race, abilities, and gender identities. In other words, it is simply amazing with a full spectrum! Noel put so much love and focus into creating these cards, I'm in awe of their talent.

Not only is this a brightly colored deck, it's filled with symbols, down to earth imagery, and magic. This deck has combined some of my favorite features that I look for in a deck: cardstock, vibrant colors, gender fluid, and diversity. The more I deepen my tarot practice the more it evolves, over the last year or so I started to remove gender from my readings. This has literally changed my perspective when it comes to reading tarot for not only myself,  but for others and the collective. This deck reflects these changes immensely!

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A few of my favorite cards

I recently shared a mini 8 card review on the Indie Deck Review, so I thought I would go into a little more detail here as to why some cards really resonate with me. I'm very drawn to the more shadow like cards, the ones that some would consider darker or more "negative". Despite being a very bright and happy looking deck, there are cards in this deck that really slap you in the face. While gentle, they still carry a big punch!

I absolutely love the Bells (Swords) suit. My two favorite cards from this suit are the 4 of Bells and the 9 of Bells. The 9 of Bells pulls me right in and I can totally relate to how this card feels. When things are rough and stress is high, the volume of it can be really loud and non-stop - a literal feeling of all these thoughts hanging over your head. The 4 of Bells carries a sweet message but is a great reminder to slow down and take care of your headspace by getting some rest. Yes, work is stacked up but you won't be able to function well if you keep overworking, it's time to clock out for a moment and slow your mind.

The Death card in this deck is amazing, you can see the eyes transforming on the face of the person. They are in the middle of a massive metamorphosis moment! Lastly, I treasure the crap out of the 10 of Candles (Wands)! From the colors all the way down to the weight being felt in this card really hits my core. I think many can relate to the feeling this card carries.

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 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Cardstock
I wasn't sure what to expect with the cardstock but it didn't let me down at all! I love the feeling of it, the cards do have some gloss to them but it's not overwhelming and I've had no issues with photographing them as you can see. I'm a lover of more thin and bendy cardstock, so this was perfect. Very bendy but durable! I would compare the cardstock to the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck set if you're familiar with that set.

Shuffling

These cards are bendy and shuffle like a dream! Like I mentioned above, these cards remind me a lot of the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle deck as far as cardstock goes and it's the same with shuffling. I loved shuffling that deck and love shuffling this just the same!

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In the package
This deck came in a large box, which I think was to make it easier to stock on bookstore shelves, which makes sense. The box also houses the guidebook, which is equally large. I ordered directly from Noel themself and it arrived with a postcard print of the 8 of Candles (8 of Wands), a sticker of the Creator of Vials (Queen of Cups), business card, and the deck/box/guidebook. The box is sturdy as well. Everything was very well made and put together.

The deck does come with an extra card in the Major Arcana, the Numinous. This card reminds me of "awe and wonder" when looking at nature or something that just really moves you. Something bigger than you. It resonates with my pantheist side big time and was a very quick connection for me!

Diversity
If you are looking for a diverse deck, this is it! The Numinous Tarot contains different races, genders, queer, abilities, body sizes, and the list goes on. Noel really did a fantastic job with creating this deck to resonate with people of all spectrums. The 6 of Tomes (6 of Coins) is my absolute favorite card in this deck and it features a person with a body shape like mine, I adore this image!

Guidebook
I wanted to talk about the guidebook simply because it's awesome! I rarely dive into guidebooks unless they have the artists perspective. This entire book was written by Noel themself. It contains their own Fool's Journey story, new spreads, info about the cards that aren't repeated from other books, and is just a really great guide! I love reading Noel's perspectives on the cards after I roll around with my own idea's and thoughts of the cards.

Overall
I think it's pretty obvious, I love this deck! I would highly recommend this deck to anyone and everyone, it's perfect for new readers as well! In fact, if you are interested in tarot and just starting your journey then I would recommend 110% checking out this deck. I promise you that you'll love it!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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DECK REVIEW: Dark Days Tarot

Hello, Dark Days! I've been a bit slow at reviewing a few decks that have been in my hands for a bit now, one being the Dark Days Tarot. I received this deck and one other in a trade a little while ago and it's been on my radar for a while now. It's funny how some decks don't really catch your attention until a certain period, this was one of those decks!

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I saw the Dark Days Tarot online many times, but for the longest time it just didn't grab my attention despite it being a gorgeous deck. One day out of the blue, I woke up one morning with this deck on my mind and couldn't stop thinking about it, I shit you not. I came across someone on Instagram a few days later who had several decks up for swap, including the Dark Days Tarot, and we made a trade. The day I held this deck in my hands, it was an instant connection.

The deck was created by Wren McMurdo and the book was written by Emily Mundy. This deck is square and can be read in four different directions - not just upright or reversed like standard decks! While I don't read with reversals, I really like the idea of multiple directions and some of the directions resonate very well for me!

The deck was originally released as a Kickstarter campaign back in late 2016 and the first decks started shipping out in early 2017. I am reviewing the 1st edition, the newest releases have gilded edges and a glossier finish to the cards.

The Dark Days Tarot is an all black & white deck. The Major Arcana cards all have a white background, while the Minor Arcana cards all have black backgrounds. I'm a big fan of black and white decks for some reason, sometimes the color just gets in the way for me.

I've been reading with the Dark Days Tarot for a little while now and also doing a light study of the imagery side by side with the Spolia Tarot and Carnival at the End of the World. The readings I've done with it have been so on point and intuitive... I absolutely adore this deck to pieces! The imagery really speaks to me and plays with my intuition.

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A few of my favorite cards

Can I just say all of them?! Ok, I tried to pull out a few of my absolute favorites, ones that really speak to me. Shockingly, the Emperor in this deck has been the only Emperor I have ever loved in any deck I have owned. That speaks volumes here, the Emperor and I do not see eye to eye, ever. I adore the depiction of this Emperor high up on top of their mountain, standing firmly on their land. I love it!

Another favorite card of mine is the 4 of Cups, I adore the depleted energy feel of this card. It just gives off a "I simply do not care" attitude, which is something I resonate well with when this card shows up to the party.

The High Priestess in this deck just gives me all the feels! Their hair looks to contain all the wisdom of generations before them and holds passed down hidden secrets from their ancestors.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
Love the card stock! It's a bit on the thin side and it's what I prefer best! Maybe I'm an odd duck but I just love thinner cards. It's not glossy like the recent release and I also really like that, it makes it easy to photograph and shuffle. Please note again, I'm reviewing the 1st edition so the newest editions may have a thicker card stock.

Shuffling

Being a square deck, I wasn't sure how it would shuffle but it shuffles really nicely and I love it! It's fun to riffle shuffle this deck and overhand shuffle, it's very smooth. I'm a happy camper with two thumbs up!

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In the package
The packaging of this deck is awesome! It came to me second hand so I don't know if I am missing anything but it feels complete. The deck came with a gorgeous sturdy box that has an actual lid (not a flip top box like most decks), the book, and the cards. The box was designed to have room inside so that you can store crystals and things with your deck, yes please!

The book is great, it's not a typical little white book. It mentions the directions and how you can use this deck, keywords (for all directions) and a little blurb about the card. I like that the book is not filled with standard "cookie cutter" meanings, they're original and I love when books are written in this way. There are also some spreads in the back of the book as well.

Diversity
This deck is diverse and features POC, which I love! In fact one of the most beautiful cards in this deck is the Empress and it's breath taking! My only criticism was that I could only find two cards that show body size diversity, the majority of the deck features thin bodies. I would have loved to see more diverse body sizes, I crave that in all decks.

Overall
I'm totally in love with this deck, it's become a staple in my collection. I have a few decks that never leave my hands no matter what and I can tell that this will be one of those decks. I love how the cards read and tell their own story. The cards are loaded with symbolism that has my detective brain quite happy. I highly recommend this deck!!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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DECK REVIEW: Bianco Nero Tarot

I'm currently backed up on deck reviews but I hope to slowly get them done throughout this month. I decided to do a review of the new Bianco Nero Tarot since it just landed in my lap yesterday and I'm not really seeing much of this deck on social media or in the tarot groups!

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The Bianco Nero Tarot (Black & White Tarot) was created by Marco Proietto of Rome, Italy. Random fact, he graduated from High School the same year I did, in 2001!

What caught my eye about this deck was the mention that it was both inspired by the Visconti Tarot and the Rider Waite Smith imagery. The art is done by hand in black and white ink inspired by antique engravings and woodcuts. I found that really neat!

The artist went to several art academy schools in Italy and studied everything from drawing to sculpture to engraving (both wood and metal). This deck was published by US Games in July 2018, so it's hot off the press.

I don't really buy a lot of mass produced decks these days, I'm very much drawn to indie decks but this was one that caught my attention and for some reason I just had to order it when I saw a coupon code from US Games. Sometimes a deck will just grab you for no rhyme or reason, right?

The card backs are inspired by the 4 elements in the Minor Arcana and features an 8 pointed star symbolizing the Major Arcana in the center, the design is also reversible if you happen to read reversed cards. The deck itself has a very "grim" feel to it, I can't quite put my finger on it but I like it! I'm a massive fan of black and white decks, so it's no surprise as to why I was drawn to the art in this deck.

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A few of my favorite cards

There were a lot of cards that I loved and a few that fell kind of flat for me personally, but there will always be some cards like that in any deck I think. My absolute favorites are Death, the Devil, King of Wands, and the Queen of Cups. I adore these!

I really love the Queen of Cups and how siren like she is. You really get a sense of how she feels sitting in that mermaid adorned throne with the wind in her hair and looking out into the water. I'm from San Diego and only lived there up until the age of 6, but we spent a lot of time visiting there while growing up and I really miss the feeling of being at the beach on a windy day. This card really brings that memory back for me.

The other card that caught my eye was Death. Usually the Death card has a more grand depiction, especially in RWS decks. This Death is just very alone and very simple, I like that. It reminds me of a character you would find in the comic book "The Maxx" for some reason, maybe it's the giant scythe that makes me think of that. Either way, I love this card in the deck!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
The card stock is very smooth and "soft", I guess you could say it's typical US Games. It feels nice though, good thickness - not too thick, not too thin. I think they will hold up fairly well! Also, the cards themselves are standard tarot card size.

Shuffling

The deck shuffles smooth and well! I'm a happy camper, but I didn't have any doubts about it's shuffling. There are only a few deck publishers that I really can't stand, US Games is one I like! If I can easily riffle shuffle and over hand shuffle, that's all I need in a deck.

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In the package
Since this was your typical deck, it came with just the box, cards, and a booklet. The booklet is 63-pages and actually has a nice intro written about this deck in general talking about the inspiration for the art, the people in the deck and how their expressions and movement is specific. I was actually pretty impressed with the attention to detail added in this deck!

Overall
The Cons: One thing I really wished for in this deck was diversity! The people in the deck are all very thin and very white, I'm not just saying that because it's a black and white deck either.

The Pros: I really enjoy the art style, the expressions of the bodies really do speak well. All of the cards are very familiar to me which makes it an easy read. I think I will like working with this deck for sure!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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DECK REVIEW: Carnival at the End of the World Tarot

Hello, new deck!! I've been waiting for this deck since I first saw it back in October of last year and it's finally in my hands! I had to skip the Kickstarter since I couldn't swing the funds at the time but I finally pre-ordered this deck in February. I've been on the edge of my seat since last month when I saw the decks were starting to ship and seeing images of the cards on Instagram has been killing me since I was trying not to look at the whole deck because I like to be surprised when I go through the deck on my own. It's been hard not to look but I'm glad I waited, some cards were a happy surprise for me to see!

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This deck was created by two artists, Nicholas Khan and Richard Selesnick, who are both located in New York. Their art style is very captivating to me, it feels like a mix of old carnival and vibes of the 1930's. The images really give you a story within each card and you can pick up subtle theatre vibes, I also absolutely love the clothing and costumes worn by the figures in the cards!

The deck comes with 84 cards. There are 6 extra cards that you can choose to use or not. I'm not entirely sure what I will do with them just yet but I always like to keep a deck together when it comes with extra cards, it just feels like it should be kept as a whole. I was told by Nick, one of the artists of the deck, that the extra cards are not yet mentioned in the book that comes separate, but will in future editions. So it's best to use your intuition with these or give them a set meanings. I will be thinking over these and dissecting the images for sure! Three of them feel very "elemental" but not quite fully (top three in the picture above). The other three are bat themed, but all quite different. I love Madame Lulu in the dress!

The wait for this deck was hard but so worth it as the deck did not disappoint! It's just gorgeous and really feels different than the others being released right now. There is a charm about it that I just can't put my finger on, but it feels like magic. I plan to do a deep dive study with this deck. While some cards for sure have a RWS feel to them, most are entirely their own.

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A few of my favorite cards

Besides the cards I had shown in the first picture on this post (or all in fact), here are a few others that caught my attention. There is something very rigid and cold about the King of Swords and I love how they were depicted in this deck, made of entirely swords. The cold, hard metal just really captures the spirit of this court card well. Next up is the 3 of Swords, a very fresh depiction of this image that we all know so well. I totally see Baba Yaga vibes in this card and I plan to dive a bit into this area of the card.

I love, love, love the Ace of Wands! You have a beaver cutting away a tree only to make a "pencil" that is breaking out in fire. I love the energy in that card!

I'm always up for a good Devil and this one didn't disappoint, I want to go to whatever party they're hosting! Lastly, I adore the Chariot and their pieced together vehicle. The Chariot to me is always about having fear but not showing it, hiding it out of sight and just pushing forth out of will - I get that feeling in this card. Sometimes you need to do adult things but don't feel like an adult yet, that's me right now at the age of 35.

This deck is loaded with so many tiny details and nudges of folklore wrapped within the artwork. I feel like I'll be noticing new things with each use and that is exciting!

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
Hands down, amazing! If you're a fan of Uusi decks and their card stock... you're in for a treat! I discovered that the creators of this deck use the same card printing company as Uusi, so the card stock is the same as the Pagan Otherworlds tarot and it's truly divine. The Pagan Otherworlds tarot features my favorite card stock to date (though it will be changing in the future, sadly) and I'm thrilled to find it again in this deck. The card stock is, in my opinion, the "Goldie Locks" in the world of card stock... perfect thickness and just the right amount of bend, lush texture and smooth gliding.

Shuffling

It's no surprise that this deck shuffles well, just based on the card stock alone makes it a dream to shuffle. The cards are a great size, they feel pretty standard to me but I haven't measured them up yet, maybe a tad longer than your traditional tarot deck. They fit nice in your hand and it's easy to riffle and overhand shuffle. If you like to spread all your cards on the table and mash them around, you would have fun with this deck as the cards are slippery and move with ease.

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In the package
I opted to get just the deck, so mine came with the box and the cards. No booklet or guidebook, but they do have an optional 108-page guidebook available. I will be ordering it soon so I can have an idea of what the artists envisioned. However, since this deck doesn't come with a book it really gives you a chance to get intimate with the cards and develop your own interpretations, which I love! I'll be doing that now until the book is ordered, then I can add more layers into the interpretations.

Diversity
The bodies of the figures in general are all thin, but there is some BIPOC being represented in this deck which makes me happy to see, though there should always be a lot more. Most figures in the deck are wearing costumes and masks. One of my favorite cards in this deck is the Queen of Coins (see first image of post) and it is gorgeous!!

Overall
I think I made it pretty clear, but I'll say it again if not - I love this deck! From the card backs to the card stock to the deck's images... it's very well done and worth the price, though I was able to get the deck at the early bird price - It is currently $50 I believe. I'm thrilled to add this to my rotation of working decks and will be using it often! I look forward to digging deeper into this deck and getting to know the cards better!

⤳ Buy this deck HERE

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DECK REVIEW: The Spolia Tarot

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Ready for another deck review?! The Spolia Tarot deck landed in my hands and I've been anxiously waiting for it to arrive! I pre-ordered this deck back in early May after missing the Kickstarter. I was a bit on the fence since while I do love collage, I haven't yet owned a deck that was collage themed so I wasn't sure how I would connect with it but... (spoiler alert) I love it!

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The Spolia Tarot deck's artwork was done by Jen May, the little white book (LWB) was written by Jessa Crispin, and it was designed by Tara Romeo - what a team! I'm a massive fan of Jessa Crispin's writing, in fact The Creative Tarot is my absolute favorite tarot book on the market. It's one that really speaks my language best and I recommend it to everyone who asks!

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This deck really blew me away! I created a big hype for myself while waiting for this deck to ship so I was really afraid I was setting myself up to be disappointed... but it was far from that. I'm in love! From the artwork to the LWB to the card stock and box, everything was on point with my expectations and more.

The deck uses the word "coin" instead of "pentacle" and I love that! I use "coins" when talking about the pentacle suits as it's how I relate to this suit the most, so seeing that written on the cards made me very happy. Also, the deck comes with 16 extra cards - 12 zodiac cards and 4 elemental cards. You can use these or not, I decided to leave them in the deck as I find they add an extra layer to the reading, almost like combining oracle and tarot.

The deck was printed in Italy and it really gives off a "rich" feel to it, the deck just feels really good to the touch. The box is gorgeous and simple, I was afraid to break the seal so I popped it open from the bottom with a butter knife - a little trick I learned when opening playing card decks. The deck was well worth the wait and I'm so glad they did a 2nd printing!

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A few of my favorite cards

It was really hard to just a few cards, I love them all! Some cards speak really loud and clear for me, while others are just beautifully done and well executed. My absolute favorite cards in the deck is the Devil. It's simple and it leaves much room for interpretation. The Devil has been a favorite card of mine lately and it's one I look for first in a deck, I love a good devil! The 6 of Coins - I really like the exchange being played out in this card. There are hands giving, receiving, and waiting. It just speaks really well for me and I love how it was done. I also love the Judgement and Justice cards, the hand shake in the Justice card and the snake changing in the other card just makes me smile. Lastly, I love the 9 of Swords in this deck, you can really feel this card and the mental torment, the booklet describes it perfectly:

"The brain can eat itself if you let it... we can spin demons out of thin air"
 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
The card stock lives up to the price of the deck, which was around $50 at the time that I ordered it! I hate when you pay a lot for a deck and the card stock falls flat, that was not the case with this deck at all. The cards have a satin like finish that feels divine in your hands. While the cards are thick, they aren't super stiff like some decks I've had. It's hard to explain, but these cards are like a soft-stiff? Not even sure what that means but it's the best way to explain it so I'm going with it! I'm fairly rough with my cards and I haven't seen any chips at all in the card stock or any notice of wear, which I normally see after one day of use... again, I'm rough. I think the cards will hold up really well over time!

Shuffling
I know I always say "this deck shuffles like butter".... but it's true again in this case. This is one of those satin finished decks that shuffles so nicely. You can hear the cards slide while shuffling too, it's an addicting sound. Now, this is a fat stacked deck, I'm not kidding.... look at the image below, it's thick! It's a bit wider and taller than your standard tarot deck, it's like a brick. I have to shuffle it a tiny bit differently than I normally do. As usual, I have to at least get a few riffle shuffles in before I start my overhand but to do this, I have to split the deck into two piles and riffle them each first. I can overhand shuffle the whole deck just fine, it's just the riffle shuffle that is a bit tricky. If you have small hands it may be a bit tricky, just a heads up!

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In the package
There are two options for this deck - the first being just the deck, and the second is the deck with spread cloth. I'm kicking myself for not getting the second option but in reality, I know I won't use the spread cloth often so I'll live.

The deck comes with the box (which is beautifully made), the booklet, and the cards. I also received a mini postcard print of the High Priestess in my box. I love it and need to figure out if I want to frame it or stick it somewhere.

Book
While I rarely get excited about a LWB, this was an exception. Jessa Crispin wrote the damn book and it's amazing! I don't often reference back to the booklet with each deck but I can't help but not see what she wrote about for each card, it's so on point and so well said. The booklet is written just like her other book, The Creative Tarot,, where she groups up the cards in order by rank rather than suit order. This is how I tend to order my study journal as well, I like to be able to quickly compare all 3's or all the Knight's, rather than hunt each one down within their own suit.

The book is short and to the point, it's around 52 pages I think and also notes the extra cards. There is no extra stuff in this booklet, it goes right into the cards and nothing more, which I really like.

Diversity
I have added a new little point in my reviews, diversity. This has always been a main focus for me when buying a deck but it's quickly becoming a major decider in whether or not I purchase it. So I thought I would note the level of diversity in each deck from here on out in my reviews. Being a collaged deck, I wasn't sure what would be represented in the cards. Originally I said there was a "vast amount of poc being represented" but after closer inspection (and talking to another person on IG) I came to realize that there is only a little amount, which is good but still not great. I think there could have been a lot more room for diversity. As far as body sizes, I see a lot of bodies with full hips and soft bellies, which makes me happy. In fact, I just noticed that the Empress has a double chin and I love it. This is my birth card and I too am in this club, haha! I find it so important to be able to find at least one card in a deck that you can relate to and see yourself in.

Overall
I'm pretty sure you can tell that I'm in love with this deck! I've had a chance to work with it for a few days now and it reads so well for me, this is for sure a deck that I will be using a lot. The readings come out very clear and direct, so far all have been incredibly on point for me. I've been using it for daily pulls, yesterdays weekly reading, and in a current July tarot challenge... it's called me out several times now.

This deck didn't quite fit in my standard deck bags that I make and sell, so I had to whip up a custom sized bag for it the other night to fit the thickness of it. A few other people on Instagram have raised their hands for this bag size so I will for sure add a few of these to my shop soon! FYI: You'll be seeing a lot of this deck on the blog for sure!

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DECK REVIEW: The Coffee Tarot

Deck review time! I've had this deck for a little while now and finally getting it on the blog, I'm very behind in deck reviews haha! I'm gushing over the Coffee Tarot today!

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

I've been hoping to get this deck review up on the blog for weeks now, but summer break has proven to be hard to get things done, haha! The kiddo seems to have my computer every time I need to use it... but since she's quiet and playing nicely, I just let her be. Parents with a kid on summer break probably know exactly what I'm talking about! Anyways, haha! I received this deck in trade and when I saw it released awhile back I just new I had to have it. What is a coffee addict without a coffee tarot deck?!

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Since I got this deck in trade, I don't know if I have everything that came with the deck or not but it feels like I did. This deck was on Kickstarter and came out later in 2017. The deck was created by Janet Boyer and her husband Ron, it was was also originally just a limited Major Arcana deck which sold out fast. Ron did the artwork for the deck and I absolutely love his style, very fun and colorful!

I just love this imaginative deck! When people say that there is a deck out there for everyone, it's true! Even for coffee addicts like myself!

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A few of my favorite cards

Ok, so there were far too many cards that I loved so I decided to show you my absolutely favorite card. This is the Devil in most decks but renamed Caf-Fiend, this card was totally made for me! Don't you dare touch my coffee cup, haha! I don't think a lot of people take me serious when I say I'm a "coffee addict"... I drink about a pot a day (sometimes more), and I make it strong! My husband calls my brew "rocket fuel" and he usually likes his black, but won't drink the coffee that I usually make since I do tend to make it pretty strong (I'll admit). I literally drink iced coffee throughout the day, all the way up till I go to bed and it has no effect on me and how I sleep at night. Coffee is what helps me relax and unwind - I start all my tarot readings with a fresh iced coffee, always. #coffeewitch

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
One thing I noticed right away is how thin the card stock is, this delighted me as it's a pretty large deck to begin with. It's very flimsy, but I like it! I like thinner card stock, it allows me to get a really good riffle shuffle in. Do I worry about wear and use? A little, but I don't use this deck often, mostly for weekly readings or monthly. The card stock in general is very smooth but not shiny, I quite like it.

Shuffling
You all know how picky I am with shuffling, this deck meets my "standards". It shuffles smoothly, feels like butter! The only fault I have with the shuffling is the card size, it does take a second to get a good handle on the cards - they are 5.5" x 3.5", not quite as big as my Next World Tarot (which is 4" x 6") but still pretty large. One thing I like is that the images are clear due to the cards being so large, which I like! Despite the size, it's not that hard to get used to at all but if you have small hands it may be a struggle. I have what my family calls "alien hands" haha! My thumb alone is 3 inches long...

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In the package
Since I got this in trade, I'm not 100% sure I have everything that ships with the deck but it feels pretty complete to me. It arrived with a handmade coffee themed deck bag, 4 extra elemental cards, the Goddess Caffeina card and Brainstorm card are exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign only, and creator card. I didn't get a book though, however Janet (one of the deck creators) sent me a PDF for the deck and it had all the card keywords and such that they associated with the deck.

Extra Notes
The court cards: The court cards are the only cards in the deck that don't have a story illustrated on them like the rest of the cards.

  • Page - small teacup image
  • Knight - travel mug
  • Queen - tall coffee cup
  • King - large coffee mug

The Major Arcana: The Major Arcana has been mostly renamed to fit the theme of the deck, coffee! I did see the Lovers and the Moon are still the same, but other cards like the Fool and Death have been renamed to Bean and Out of Business, which I quite like!

Also, Janet is finishing up on the companion book as we speak! It is a full length book dedicated to this deck!

Overall...
This deck is fun! It's not one that I would use with every reading but it's fun to pull out when you want something fresh and new! I quite love the renaming of the Major's, some cards really speak volumes to me with their new associations and names. I think Janet and Ron did a fantastic job carrying the theme of coffee through this deck!

You can find this deck on their website for sale HERE
Also, check out Janet's Patreon HERE

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DECK REVIEW: Kawaii Tarot

How about a another deck review, it's been a while! I've been planning on moving my deck reviews to YouTube but truth be told, I'm totally slacking on getting that going and I haven't quite figured out what I want to use to record video's yet. So, my deck reviews will stay put for the time being! I just received a new deck in the mail and I'm excited to share it with you guys, it's the Kawaii Tarot!

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 Deck: Oliver Hibert Tarot

This is a fairly new deck that was released in May of this year, but was first available as an independent published deck (last year, I believe) and was created by Diana Lopez. While writing this review it is currently listed for under $10 on Amazon. I mean, how can you not resist that price?! It's so cute, too!

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Due to the price of the deck, I didn't have high expectations at all when I ordered it, I just thought it would be fun to have and use. I ended up being pleasantly surprised when it arrived! It is absolutely adorable and packaged really well. And even though the cards are very minimalistic in design, it's still fairly easy to read intuitively. I will note, it's not a Marseille deck but I would say it's a good intro deck to Marseille if you are looking to branch away from non-scenic styled decks. It feels like a good mix of the two!

What do I mean by "non-scenic"? Take the 3 of Cups.... in a RWS deck there is a scene of three people holding cups high in the air and having a good time, but in a Marseille deck, it's literally just 3 cups on the card.
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A few of my favorite cards

The cards are all really cute but a few that stand out to me the most were the Devil, 4 of Coins, Queen of Swords, and the Hermit. I love that the court cards in this deck are not gender assigned! I also love the Hermit and Devil card for some reason, the icons on the cards are too adorable. The Hermit lantern reminds me of camping and listening to all the sounds outside your tent in the dark hours of the night.

Even though the minor arcana is mostly just icons and not really showing a scene, some of the cards do give you a sense of what is going on. Take the 4 of Coins for instance, you really get that secure, almost greedy feeling of holding your wealth too tightly.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

Deck details

Card stock
While the card stock feels very cheap to me, it's not bad. Again, the deck was low cost so I was not expecting high quality card stock. The cards themselves are smaller than your standard tarot deck, which made me happy! I love smaller decks since they travel well, though I do struggle with shuffling small decks since I have very long hands and fingers. The card stock in general is a nice thickness, not stiff at all. I prefer my decks on the thinner side despite them not holding up as well as thicker card stock, just a personal preference. So if you like some bend in the cards (especially in smaller decks), you will be happy I think!

Shuffling
I really like shuffling this deck, was not expecting that at all! The cards are thin but not super thin, just enough that they bend really easily. It shuffles smoothly!

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In the package
The deck comes packaged in a hard pink box that is feels well made and sturdy. The deck come split into two half decks - each in their own little pink box. I really don't like this because after I put the decks back away, I was thinking of doing a reading with it later last night but I really didn't want to hassle with taking them both back out the boxes and such. I'm thinking it will for sure need to go in a deck bag if I want to use it more often. The book clings onto the box lid and it all goes together quite nicely.

Book
I had a chance to flip through the book and I have to say, it has a lot of info, more than I thought it would. It is 92 pages and contains spreads, notes on the card numbers/suits/colors, and a nice chunk of info on each card (as well as reversals). For a deck at this price, that is pretty cool!

Overall...
I really like this little deck! I don't think it will be one I'll be using often though if I'm being honest, but it is handy to have on hand with the size that it is. I won't mind tossing it in my bag when I travel since it's not one I would worry about getting dirty or beat up. The way it is illustrated is very clean and clutter free, a nice break from scenic illustrated decks. Now, let's see how it reads in a deck interview below!

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Deck Interview Reading

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What card do you want to show off?

9 of Wands

A bit defensive, are we? I love the scattered look of the candy on this card, it feels like it represents exactly how I feel when I'm having a rough day... a mess and exhausted!

What is your strength as a deck?

10 of Coins

You hold a plethora of information and are very close to those who work with you, just like family. Your abundance and wealth of information never runs out and you share it freely.

What topic fo you like to read for best?

2 of Wands

You lean towards planning and decision making. Both my favorite topics to read for! I think we will get along just great when it comes to figuring out which path to take before embarking on any adventures.

 Deck: Mystic Mondays

What are you here to teach me?

8 of Coins

Slow down and focus. Makes total sense as I'm fairly iffy when it comes to reading non-scenic tarot decks, this will be a fun challenge and it tells me I need to stick it out! Practice makes perfect!

Tell me about yourself!

9 of Swords

It's ok, I'll give you a hug! You tend to worry easy and stress our fairly quick. You may be sweet on the outside, but you do have a shadow side you're hiding!

What is our potential working relationship?

7 of Coins

With time, we will do well... but I have to remember that our partnership won't happen over night. This is going to be a long and slow building relationship.

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