So - I pre-ordered this awhile ago and finally got around to opening it up - and I was hesitant because so many people have been hating on this deck.
I can sort of understand why - a small reason is the cardstock is very soft and fragile feeling. But I have other decks of the same material and I just shuffle carefully.
The main reason is one that perplexes me to no end. The Minor Arcana are not labelled at all. Just numbered. And since they re-named them anyway, it is very confusing to say the least. Sort of.
Strength = Wands
Intelligence = Swords
Wisdom = Cups
Charisma = Coins
Obviously they renamed them for D&D attributes and I agree with 2 of them LOL Intelligence and Wisdom work perfectly as Swords and Cups.
But I have some issues with Strength and Wands and Charisma as Coins. Some work but most would actually fit better if they were swapped.
That aside, I like this deck. A lot. The more I think on it, I can either use a gold sharpie to make a small mark at the bottom of the Minors to denote suit - or use the deck to tell a story, which is what Tarot is, is it not?
I mean, yes, you should absolutely learn the card meanings and symbolism - just go do that with a regular RWS deck first. Then come play with this one because the art is gorgeous and as a D & D nerd, it just makes me heart happy.
I did an interview with it - photo above. It was SPOT ON.
1: What work are we meant to do together?
The World - Endings and Beginnings - Coming to a place of completion and power both internally and externally. (Perfect)
2: What am I ready to embrace and step into with our partnership?
Nine of Intelligence (Swords) - Looking at how thoughts can create turmoil and finding a way to observe them from a dispassionate space of stillness. (I Love This)
3: How do you offer and deliver wisdom?
The Fool - Follow your heart with innocence and wonder. (Excellent advice)
4: What card in this deck will be a deep teacher for me?
Judgment - Our capability to discern what is truly important and to use it to weed the garden of our life. (Spot on again and so where I am right now in life)
Because I do know how to read the cards in both the RWS and Thoth traditions, I think this deck will be a bit of a different reading experience. I am pretty much going to use the cards to simply tell me a story - I have found that even just looking at a card will pretty much get you close enough to the "accepted" meanings anyway.
This deck will be a very excellent campaign adventure.
If you are looking for a deck with and easy RWS type read, don't get this one. But seriously, if you can deal with the Minors being unlabeled and are willing to work at it a bit, I think it will make a great deck to own.
Some cards I quite like the art on:
My Tarot Card Practice. I have been studying Tarot for over 20 years now and am still learning new things daily.