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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I purchased this deck a couple of months ago. I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect. I love mandalas, I love tarot, I love astrology. What's not to love? Well, it turns out, for the most part, it is quite lovable.

Anyway...this deck is one that I really enjoyed right off the bat, even though I didn't use it exactly in the way it's intended (but that has more to do with my personality than anything.)

At the risk of rambling on and on I'd like to divide the deck's attributes into 'things I liked' and 'things that I didn't like or were confusing to me' to make this less complicated:

Things I Liked:

*I enjoyed the concept of an astrological deck. I have a few decks which utilize astrology and since I have an interest in astrology I find this a nice added layer of meaning.

*I love the ability read the cards as left, right, upright and reversed. I particularly liked the idea of cards representing either as originating from the self or outside of the self. This makes reading court cards SO much easier, which has been a struggle for me, despite reading for nearly twelve years with the tarot on a near-daily basis.

*Despite making it harder to shuffle in a traditional sense, I like the square shape and the clean, simple artwork.

*I like the fact that you can either delve deeply into the astrological symbolism or not, depending on how you're feeling that day.

*I like that this would be good for astrology novices or advanced astrology students, alike. I'm somewhere in the middle.

*I like the somewhat unexpected meanings of the cards, which add an interesting twist to the readings I've done with the cards.

Things I found somewhat challenging:

*The square shape, which was visually appealing, was hard to shuffle, but really it wasn't a big deal to me.

*The unusual astrological meanings are difficult to learn if you're accustomed to traditional tarot meanings (which I am) and I found myself constantly struggling not to apply the 'normal' tarot meanings...however...I did come up with a system of applying both, and it actually works really well! If you are not familiar with traditional tarot card meanings then you won't struggle with this at all.

*There's a bit more of a learning curve (again, see comment above about the meanings) but I do think it's worth it.

Overall I would say this deck is now in my top 5 favorite decks, and I own more than 30, and have owned more than that (I've given away quite a few.) Appreciating tarot decks is a very individual sport. Everyone has their own personal tastes in both artwork and descriptions. I think this is a very worthwhile deck that would be a great change of pace from the tried and true but sometimes boring Rider-Waite clone.

Upon final review, I've decided to give it a full five stars, even though this deck is not 'perfect' I think it fulfills its duties and even exceeds expectations. I don't demand perfection from my decks...just personality, knowledge and a good reading, which this deck provides in spades!

XOXO,
Hannah
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
Being a professional psychic I have used a great number of tarot decks in my time. This has been and still is my favorite deck. The symbology is inspiring, the artistry is wonderful and the details a reader can glean from each card is extensive. The accompanying book is informative and will help any beginner learn the basics. It's a well crafted deck.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mann really had an awesome idea for a new type of tarot deck. I've used it several times and already (although I'm an astrologer who just dabbles in tarot) it's yielded good results for me.

Whether you like a tarot deck is a matter of preference, but I like this one. The artwork is appropriate and uses relevant symbolism. I really like the way Mann used his extensive body of knowledge about esoteric subjects and manifested some of the ideas in this deck.

The cards are square, and difficult to shuffle out of the box. I can look past this, however, just make sure the cards are mixed sufficiently when doing a reading. Not only can the cards be read as upright or reversed, they can be read "left" (ascendant) or "right" (descendant). So you have a deeper level of answering a question or seeing a querent's situation, more possibilities. The cards also have a small book to aid in interpretation.

I don't know why Mann seemed to have switched the elements for Wands and Swords. Usually I think of Wands as Air and Swords as Fire, but he used Fire for Wands and Air for Swords. Well, I'll roll with it...this deck has enormous possibilities for creating your own type of readings. The major arcana cards list the associated planets and signs of the zodiac, and the minor arcana lists the elements. So it very much shows how astrology and tarot are intertwined and makes it much easier to use both in a tarot reading. I am very impressed with this deck, after using it. Price is decent too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully symbolic tarot deck which sparks the imagination to come up with new meanings along with the detailed meanings in the accompanying book. I've owned five tarot decks so far and this one is quickly becoming my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is great work! Really happy with the product. Highly recommend it for anyone interested in the either the Tarot, astrology or spiritual guidance.
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on February 22, 2015
Format: Paperback
Although I didn't purchase this from Amazon; as an astrologer and tarot reader, I love this deck. The book is very informative. The symbolism of the
mandalas make this easy to read. Mann has a unique but accurate take on astrology. (I also have the Round Art book). I like the subconscious and conscious elements due to the cards being square. His assignments are accurate as well. I have always assigned Swords to air signs. If you are a tarot reader only, this will add an additional level of information.
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on January 17, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
i was expecting these cards to have amazing mandalas on them and being easy to use. I was disappointed. Nothing against the seller but this will not be a deck that i use much. It did put a spark in me to create my own oracle deck..so Bravo for that
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
the mandala astrological tarot cards and book
the book is tiny, didn t receive the cards.
overpriced for what it is. utterly regret that purchase
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