I think I have found one of my top 5 favorite decks of all time.
If your into the Qabalah this deck will sing to the very heart of your soul. The deck itself is based of the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley so it follows the same attributions (example justice is called adjustment and so forth). Its dripping with Golden Dawn imagery and reference. This is like the Navigators of the Mystic Sea Tarot on crack. By no means is this a beginners deck. It is hefty and deep. I splurged on the deck and book set. I’m so glad I did because it has personally helped me so much in getting to know this deck to read through some of the interpretations and symbolism. I’ve been able to cross reference this with a lot of my current studies and it has really helped me get a good grasp on the meanings of the cards.
Let me start off by saying this is a deck where no attention to detail has gone to the wayside. The box is gorgeous and sturdy, its down right sexy. Can a Tarot decks packaging be sexy? Its looks good on the altar. The little white book inside is one of the best I’ve come across. I love the attention to detail with the little red ribbon on the binding. Mine came signed and numbered. Even the companion book came with a bookmark. This is well worth the price tag. I paid $70.00 for the book and deck set without the extra cards (there is an option to purchase extra cards with these). I’m so impressed by the presentation. This is the kind of thing you could set out on an entry way table or coffee table as a conversation starter. It just begs for attention.
The cardstock is good and sturdy. Its smooth and shuffles easily. I had no issues with it immediately out of the box. These are larger than a standard playing card size. I would say they are about the same size and the Pagan Otherworld or Mary-El.
The imagery is deep like I said before, this deck is not for beginners. If your familiar with certain Qabalistic concepts and Golden Dawn imagery some of the symbolism will click right away. Since I’ve been doing lesson through the Builders of the Adytum I didn’t have a lot of trouble diving into the deck. The companion book really helped me decode and got some things to “click”. Even the backs of the cards have deep symbolism relating to the tree of life. The holographic design is stunning. Though some might find it a bit busy. Its a lot for the eyes to take in. There is not a piece of this deck that isn’t without some deep meaning or focus.
The artwork is gorgeous. Your going to want to take time to get to know this deck. These cards demand to be studied. To me the artwork seems almost retro. Its in the same vein as the Thoth deck. I’ve found myself going through each card several times and seeing little details I didn’t see before. This deck lends itself to so many uses. I haven’t seen a deck more perfect for the magicians use. For the ceremonial magician this deck is a gold mine. It could be used for focused meditations, vision work, all manner of ritual and magic. It is begging to be used for magical purposes. I’ve started using it has a starting point in focused meditations and I’ve had a lot of success so far. You can really see yourself within the images of these cards. This deck may be intimidating for some not ready to take the leap beyond the Rider-Waite deck. It definitely isn’t for everyone’s taste. You will not find traditional Rider-Waite imagery here. This is going to force you to look outside of the box of conventional meanings and dig deeper.
Overall I can’t pick out a single negative with this deck. I’m super pumped to have this one in my wheelhouse and I can see this being a permanent fixture on my altar.
In other news the house renovation is coming along. So far we have the front and side yard done. Its on to the back yard and then to the inside. I would say at this point were about 95% sure we are moving to Oregon after the sale of the house. I miss being close to nature. Dallas is so busy. It is a fantastic metropolitan area but there is a disconnect from nature. I need to get back somewhere where I can put my feet in the dirt and listen to nature and meditate. I’m ready for the next chapter and that might include a very long distance move. Life is short and I’m ready for a bit of adventure.