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The Fairy Tale Tarot Cards – Box set, September 8, 2009

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Lisa is an internationally known tarot artist whose work includes The Shapeshifter Tarot, the bestselling Celtic Dragon Tarot (Llewellyn), and Fantastical Creatures Tarot (US Games 2007); voted a top 10 tarot deck for 2007 by Aeclectic Tarot. She is the creator of the award winning Animals Divine Tarot (Llewellyn 2005), earning her a 2006 COVR visionary award. Lisa is also the author of the fully illustrated meditation book Celestial Goddesses (Llewellyn 2001). Lisa loves to read and has an impressive collection of books. She has spent her life studying and sketching fairy tales, myths, legends and other fascinating subjects that have driven her muse. She also holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology/Art & Drawing.

Lisa lives with her family in Florida. You can learn more about Lisa and her work by visiting her website.


Product Details

  • Cards: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738708666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738708669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa is an internationally loved tarot artist and writer. Her works include the bestselling Shapeshifter Tarot and Celtic Dragon Tarot (Llewellyn), and the award nominated Fantastical Creatures Tarot (US Games). Lisa is also the creator of the award winning Animals Divine Tarot and the critically acclaimed The Fairy Tale Tarot (Llewellyn). Her work has been described as "guideposts through the psyche".

Lisa has also written and illustrated a full color book entitled Celestial Goddesses (Llewellyn). Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, book covers, calendars, collectible card games and she co-authored a children's book (Simon & Schuster, 1995). Lisa holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Vermont College/ Union Institute with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology/Art & Drawing and has devoted the last 20+ years to researching, writing and painting fairy tales, myths, legend and lore.

Lisa's most recent publication, the Ghosts & Spirits Tarot (U.S. Games Systems) won the about.com 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Best Tarot Deck and was voted one of the Top 10 decks of 2012 by Aeclectic Tarot (www.aeclectic.net). Both Ghost& Spirits Tarot and The Fairy Tale Tarot are available as apps for your mobile devices. A bird oracle name Winged Enchanted will be the next publication released.

Lisa lives in South Florida. You can visit her website and follower her on Facebook via her Lisa Hunt Art group (links above).

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This beautifully illustrated deck brings the fairy tales from multiple cultures into the Tarot. Lisa Hunt's paintings remain soft and filled with as much mystery and subtlety as in her previous tarots. If you ever wanted an illustrated compendium of fairy tales at your finger tips, this is it.

Each card demands close examination, as one is sure to miss interesting details at a cursory glance, such as the occasional faces in the woods. Fortunately, the cards are borderless avoiding cutting into imagery for this regular sized deck. The back of the cards are fully reversible portraying two old fashion keys pointing in opposite direction from a centric adornment.

The cards in this deck are labeled at the bottom within an ornate scroll. The Major Arcana are numbered with roman numerals, but starting at 0 with The Fool, which had been renamed Innocence in this deck. In this regards, many of these cards has been renamed to follow the Fairy Tale Theme such as:

The Fool -> Innocence
The High Priestess -> The Sorceress
The Empress -> The Fairy Godmother
The Emperor -> The Wise Old Man
The Hierophant -> The Mentor
Strength -> Courage
Wheel of Fortune -> The Wheel
The Hanged Man -> Entrapment
Death -> Transformation
The Devil -> Temptation
The Tower -> Deception
Judgment -> Redemption
The World -> Happily Ever After

In this deck, Strength is 8 and Justice is 11.

I particularly like Innocence with Little Red Ridding Hood unaware of the ferocious wolf standing behind her, Deception with the Naked Emperor escorted by his court, and Happily Ever After with a castle seemingly reaching into the open sky.
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The Fairy Tale Tarot cards have been produced as a tarot deck and and coincide nicely with traditonal tarot card meanings. The deck is wonderfully expressive as a tarot deck. However there is another "level". The deck can be read as an oracle, with no knowledge of tarot, simply using the rich images on the cards. The reader can simply let the images "speak" to her; the intuitive feeling about the image will provide rich fodder for readings. You can add another level, by observing and using the symbolism present in the individual cards and combining this with the intuitive reading of the card. Then let's add yet another level and that is the fairy tales themselves. Fairy tales have lessons to teach and these can be used to produce a reading using the fairy tale message. Then of course, all of these levels can be combined with any of the others to produce yet additional levels of meaning and interpretation.

Even someone with limited knowledge of tarot and symbolism can read with this deck by simply using the images and/or the fairy tale messages.

The images of the Fairy Tale Tarot evoke strong primal messages. Maybe they are part archetype and part collective consciousness or maybe they are just wonderful artwork full of symbolism that speaks to us on a subconscious level. Regardless of the reason, the messages are there and along with the tales themselves, they provide more than enough understanding and insight to "speak" to varied readers with all levels of knowledge and experience.
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The premise of this deck is innovative. Welcome to the world of imagination, childhood and magic. The creator has done an amazing job of bringing to life these stories and making their more subtle meanings accessible. It is undoubtedly one of the most creative, beautiful, inventive twists on the Tarot I've seen, and has quickly become one of my favorite decks.

Many of the tales that are employed to interpret the Tarot will be familiar to you--Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, ect. Some of them will be new, and, in addition to enriching your readings, will add to your repertoire of bedtime stories for children!

My only criticism is that the creator has a tendency to stray so far from the traditional meanings of the Tarot that it can be hard to recognize any resemblance to a more universally-based deck. The creator has clearly put an enormous amount of energy into these cards, but she expects you to put a great deal of energy into learning them. Fluent readers be warned: this is not a deck you can just pick up and read. Relying heavily on a conventional understanding of basic meanings will not be sufficient if you want your quarent to really be able to visually connect the meaning with the art. To me, the best part of the Tarot as a divination system is its unique and immediate aid in visualization, but if you lean on standard interpretation of the Tarot, its connection to the art may be lost on your client (and perhaps even you). If you intend to use these in a professional setting, I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the fairy tales and how they connect to their traditional meanings.

Paradoxically, and especially if you take the time understand the creator's intentions, these cards can actually be EASIER for your client to immediately connect with, because like you, he or she will be familiar with many of the stories depicted.

All in all, it is more than worth the effort.
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