- Cards: 60 pages
- Publisher: US Games Systems; Tcr Crds edition (May 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572816899
- ISBN-13: 978-1572816893
- Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 x 4.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chrysalis Tarot Cards – Box set, May 8, 2014
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Chrysalis Tarot is "Transformational Technology for Everyone;" a completely new approach to tarot. Many of our major arcana archetypes are new; the court cards are all new, and the beautiful minor arcana "pip" cards are unlike any you've touched before. Chrysalis is designed to delve into the Collective Unconscious, a Jungian concept that acts as a universal memory bank for humankind. With such rich spiritual diversity at hand, you'll experience a tapestry of medieval and Celtic influences with Greco-Roman, Egyptian, Hindu and Vodun Otherworld characters woven throughout our unique mythology. Chrysalis will help you know yourself more fully and become mindful of the invisible hand of synchronicity as it gently guides the cards, your everyday life and your personal destiny.
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This deck will go down in history! I can see it! It's of the same caliber as the Rider-Waite and Thoth decks easy! That's because it's ground breaking work. It's not just another clone. It has a soul of its own. If you are looking for a traditional tarot deck, this is NOT the right deck for you. But, if you are a free thinker who is looking for a challenging, rewarding, healing, magnificently illustrated deck; this is the deck for YOU! Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra, the creators, have taken tarot into the next century with this masterpiece!
Enter the Chrysalis. If you're looking for the same old thing, you won't find it here. Here is the fresh breeze of inspiration that many have been waiting for. When I first opened it, what came immediately to mind is the Voyager. I remember the impression that deck made on me, and in its time, it was a whole new ballgame. But the while the Voyager is heavily analytical, the best word I can use to describe the Chrysalis is "Mythic". The images are very fairy-tale like, but rather than calling to mind the standard set of familiar stories, these cards encourage you to generate your own fairy tale, to tell your own story, and become your own myth.
While the structure of the deck is similar to the "traditional" tarot, the imagery is very much a new ballgame. They are bright, colorful, and in most cases more suggestive than explicit in meaning. In many cases the images seem familiar, and yet are a very different take on the underlying theme. Consider XV, "The Devil" in a traditional deck, but here, "Bella Rosa," a masked lady parading through a carnival. The mask provides a certain anonymity, an isolation between the world and the inner person; while this can be a good and even necessary thing, how evil it is that a person must fundamentally lie about their true being to live in the world! Each one of these cards will make you think about new ways of looking at old meanings.
And that is a major breakthrough. A Tarot card has two meanings, an objective and a subjective. The objective meaning, or "denotation", is bound up in a set of keywords, relationships within an esoteric system, and body of knowledge that points to a pre-determined. a priori definition of what the card means. You sit in a room, the Great Teacher informs you as to the meaning, and forever after that is what the card means. On the other hand, there is the subjective meaning or "connotation", a personal reaction to the card that often draws on unconscious sources which embellish the images with a personal significance. The chief problem in learning to read the Tarot, at least in learning to read it as an oracle, is getting beyond the denotation, into the subjective connotation, which is where the actual divination takes place. In a deck such as this. where the imagery is quite different from the body of traditional -- one way or another -- "learning" that fills the Tarot community, one is forced to rely on the subjective. You will have to look into your own soul to understand what these cards mean, and what they will mean to you is different from what they will mean to anybody else. Subjectivity is individuating -- having to find things out for yourself breaks you off from the herd. And as this deck breaks itself off from the "traditions" -- even, thankfully, the ones I often rely on -- to read it you will need to discover something of yourself that has remained hidden behind the mask.
Which brings us to the book. I generally don't like tarot books, but this one is different. Instead of repeating the usual prattle, this one is short, to the point, and serves its purpose of launching your journey, rather than hand-holding you through it. I come from a very different background than the author, and would take issue with much of what is here, but the point is that the issues are raised, and how you follow them through the cards is your own prerogative. The book, in this case, is a helpful tool rather than a hindrance.
I could go on about this deck for ever, and that is probably the best thing I can say about it. Its mandala-like imagery beckons one to go on forever. For here is a tool for the exploration of the conscious and the unconscious; for as long as consciousness exists, that exploration will go on, and indeed consciousness can only continue to exist where that exploration is possible.
The sacred place from which these players and meanings derive is referred to by the author, Toney Brooks, as "The Otherworld." In this place of dreams you will find majestic and domestic creatures, from dragons and lions to cats and lambs. You will seek wisdom from The Crone and The Maiden, A Celtic Owl as The Hanged Man. You will feel the innocence of the deer, powerfully running with the spark of creativity in the Eight of Spirals. Listen to the coo of the swans in the Two of Mirrors.
This actually brings me to make a point that while the names of suits used in "traditional" tarot have been changed, there should be no trouble at all with understanding and interpreting, even for beginners. The guidebook is invaluable and concise. Never have I read a LWB and felt as though I completed a full course. The information is to the point, yet deeply moving and literary. I particularly loved the introduction of the suits and what they represent before each individual card meaning. My goodness, these cards are beautiful.
How many times have we explained to each other, as tarot enthusiasts, "I purchased that particular deck for such-and-such card"? We do this. We buy decks for merely one card, alone. I put myself out there, entirely, by saying every single card in this deck is "that" card. Holly Sierra has channeled heavenly, poetic, woozily dreamy love into these images, making her and Toney Brooks a celebrated spiritual force, in my opinion. One of my favorite things about the deck artwork is the different borders around each court card. I LOVE that. It's subtle and clever. I could go on and on about the beauty of the deck, with its rich colors and soft, summer essence. I believe I mainly enjoy the feeling of safety in grounding brought on by its nature-based themes.
As for the functionality of the cards, they are shuffled with ease, without bending and/or scraping. They are not too glossy, not flimsy at all. The deck arrived in a small, sturdy box, which I think is still worth saving. I pre-ordered this deck a few months ago and it arrived very quickly and two to three weeks before the actual estimated time of arrival.
One last thing I will emphasize about is I was Divinely drawn to this deck. I was in need of healing. Perfect for shadow work and introspection. This is truly going to help people. I believe this. I am thankful to have found this deck. I am grateful to have found "The One." I know I will use this to the end of my days.