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Crystal Visions Tarot Cards – August 5, 2011
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I was drawn to this deck a few years ago as my very first tarot because of the beauty of the artwork and the Stevie Nicks reference in the name. ;) However, I had a hard time intuitively reading with this deck from the get-go. I chalked it up to just being a new tarot reader, but I realized, as soon as I got another deck, that I could indeed read tarot quickly and intuitively. I’m sad to say that, even now, as a more experienced reader, I still can’t seem to read with this deck. It’s the darnedest thing: every time I pull a spread with it, it’s like I’m staring at a blank sheet of paper. In the intuitive part of my mind, which starts firing immediately with other decks, with this one, it’s just... nothing.
This deck is gorgeous, and I really wish it spoke to me, but I will likely give it to a friend.
Personally, I don’t think this Crystal Visions deck is a good choice for beginners because many of the illustrations deviate pretty far from RWS. You need to come into this deck already having a fluency in the tarot.
For instance, the Four of Wands in this CV deck shows a woman who has stopped her horse to talk to a man on a forest path lit by glowing wands. By contrast, in more traditional RWS symbolism, this card typically shows four wands constructed to make a celebratory arch, pergola, or chuppa, indicating a stable base and an abundant, well-planned party (this card often indicates weddings!). Nothing in the CV card intuits “wedding,” “celebration,” or “abundance” for me. Until I got a different deck and started doing research into the tarot, I had previously thought the Four of Wands (based on the CV deck) signaled “a connection that helps you find your way through a dark place,” which is not an accurate meaning for this card.
Other cards I find particularly difficult to intuit based on the imagery in this deck are:
- Six of Pentacles, which is supposed to symbolize charity, philanthropy, using your money to benefit others, or spreading wealth around. However, in this CV deck, the illustration shows a woman walking through a forest carrying a basket of fruit, with birds flying around her and pentacles buried in the grass below her feet.
- Seven of Cups, which is supposed to convey a multitude of appealing choices and a resulting feeling of overwhelm. However, the CV image for this card shows a woman riding a dragon above a lotus pond, with a rainbow shooting out of a cup in the background.
- Seven of Swords, a card commonly known as “The Thief” — signaling dishonesty and cheating — typically shows a figure stealing swords and sneaking away. In the CV deck, a male figure is picking up two swords off the ground as crows carrying additional swords circle overhead. Did he drop those swords? Is he clumsy? Are the crows taunting him? If you aren’t yet fluent in the tarot, you might think this card means “pick up the pieces and get it together,” which would be inaccurate.
For beginners, I’d recommend the Llewelyn Classic Tarot, the Universal Waite, or the Guilded Tarot because they are so easy and intuitive to read right off the bat.
If this deck calls to you, get it — but I’d personally recommend a different deck to beginners. Happy reading!
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The box arrived with a rip in the top and I had to cut the sharp corners off the cards as they were uncomfortable to shuffle.
The cards read very well straight out of the box and only needed a couple of shuffles.
I'm very pleased with the deck over all.
Now the cards - they r a standard tarot size card and of pretty good quality. Not very thick, but laminated and quite shiny, and easy to shuffle. The backs of the cards r beautiful, light purple in colour and they r reversible, if u do reversals. There is a small white border around the image. The suits are named in the standard cups, wands, swords and pentacles; each card has the name of the card inside a rectangular coloured box spanning the bottom of the card. each suit has been allocated a different colour, which is nice. the deck follows the Rider-Waite format and style.
the images are very pretty and beautifully drawn, featuring angels, fairies, dragons, crystals, unicorns and other animals. Its a very feminine deck which I love! There is also an extra added card within the deck, which I think is a great addition, which is titled 'The unknown card' if u draw this card it is telling u that the universe feels this is a yet unknown aspect/undecided part/something u r not ready or do not need to know yet/fate has not decided. This, I feel, adds a little extra to the deck and its readings - though I haven't yet drawn this card in a reading.
The cards r easy to interpret, I feel its a lovely deck for both beginners and seasoned tarot readers who r looking for a feminine, accurate deck to read from. Its a special, beautiful deck that I hope to treasure for a long time (just not with the box!)
It does come with a little white book, not much in it, just a standard meaning for each card, so its ok. if you are a beginner though u will need to look into purchasing a separate book on tarot for more in-depth knowledge of the card meanings/symbols/numerology etc. along with the deck to help get u started.
I do recommend this deck! :-)
I received these cards last week and i really love them they are so pretty and the artwork is amazing!
i am a psychic tarot reader and tarot blogger. I love useing these cards for readings the lwb is understandale also better than most others you get with tarot decks, with key meanings. I dont use the lwb as i use my intuition and visual imageing when you i do my readings. i would reccoemend this deck and i im happy to add this to my huge collection of Tarot decks.
I am very proud to use these cards on my tarot blog . (below)
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I have seen a few youtube users trim this deck which I feel guided to do as well as to et the full effect of this deck. I am so so pleased I purchased this deck. The card stock of this deck is lovely and thick!