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The Mary-el Tarot (with cards) Paperback – February 28, 2012
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Her favorite medium is oil paint used in a method called grisaille, a technique also favored by the old masters where thin layers of color are slowly built up bringing out the natural depth and luminosity of the paint. Born and raised in Southern California, she presently lives with her three children in the sultry piedmont forest of North Carolina where she can paint under the rolling thunder and the moving shadows of trees.
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The presentation is excellent: the sturdy box has a hinged top that stays closed with a hidden magnet. The compartment for the cards is much better quality than many similar boxes. (But it's necessary to tip the whole box over to get all the cards out; the thumb hole doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the box. A ribbon attached to the bottom of the compartment should fix that.)
When I pulled the cards out of the box and began my initial quick glance through the deck -- to get a feel for the cards and to make sure they were all there -- the first thing I noticed is that one of the cards was backwards in the deck, and out of order: the Queen of Cups. I set it aside and started going through the rest of the deck, expecting that maybe I'd find another card was missing. But no: they were all there. I just had an extra Queen of Cups. The wise woman in that card is staring at me now as I write this. About her, Marie White says this: "The Queen of Cups _is_ the Holy Grail, the reservoir and container of all our subconscious and ancestral wisdom, the dark waters of the abyss." Oh my.
I've now spent two hours going through the deck slowly, card by card, spending a few seconds or a minute on each one, then going back to them again and again. I've never seen a Tarot deck as rich, beautiful, and haunting as this one. The images all seem utterly unique, yet utterly familiar.Read more ›
Unfortunately, after being mezmerized with startling and provocative imagery on nearly every card, I tried to read the book. Schiffer must be scolded for this. Obviously, they employ more typesetters than editors. The introduction bombards the reader with an awkward and trite cut-and-paste style that is so poorly punctuated and disorganized that I pitied Ms. White for being allowed to appear so unprepared by her publisher. The descriptions of the cards fare little better. In the past, I have reveled in reading or listening to an artist explain his or her process. Ms.Read more ›
It's a bit large and hard to shuffle, but if you practice I think it gets easier.
I think this is a deck that comes along only once in a while. Thought provoking and meditative. Wild and non-violent, gentle but extremely powerful at the same time.
Very much recommended. Beginners may have some trouble though. I think the author assumes some traditional and esoteric tarot knowledge is known already. The book is not a light read, but has a warmth to it that is poetic and meditative. Time will tell as I become more familiar, but I feel this deck may be best used for personal, spiritual growth rather than readings for others.
5 Stars For the Artwork. I think this could appeal to tarot traditionalists as well as people who appreciate modern illustration.
4 Stars for the deck quality. Printed on high quality card stock. Each card is large enough to do each painting justice. Thick enough that they will not easily bend. Vibrant and clear print quality. The only complaints I have is the cards stick together easily and there are some irregularities in the lamination which created a white spot on the backs of a couple of cards. Also, my deck's borders are not the same size all around, the picture is off center.'Were they hastily cut or is everyone's deck like this? It's not very noticeable, maybe I am being a tad picky here.
5 Stars for the Booklet. This goes above and beyond most "little white books" that come with tarot decks. Of course if you have a deep interest in tarot you will always want to read more.Read more ›
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First let me say that this review is written by Joe's wife :) This is my second set of tarot cards I've owned (the first being Tarot Mucha). Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joseph Sollner
Absolutely gorgeous tarot deck! Comes in very good quality box with an extremely informative guidebook. Goes deep into the symbolism and mythology of each card. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Elle Catalano
I've owned this deck for a few years now, and I'm still glad that I bought it. The artwork is really what sold me on the deck. The cards are mostly easy to read intuitively. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Daniel Pew
If you can handle raw energy, or do shadow work.... This is a deck for you. It is ... beyond words.
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Such beautiful artwork and a really nice box with a thick companion book!Published 2 months ago by Mandie
The deck itself is great. However the booklet is less than ideal, much of the phrasing was awkward and at times seemed unedited.Published 2 months ago by karmarkazi