** This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review here!
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.
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”.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
** This deck review is also shared on the Indie Deck Review along with other great reviews!
Do you have this deck? Or is it on your wishlist?
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