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Modern Witch Tarot Deck Paperback – November 5, 2019
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- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Paperback : 56 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1454938684
- ISBN-13 : 978-1454938682
- Product Dimensions : 3.5 x 2.5 x 5 inches
- Publisher : Sterling Ethos (November 5, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gives great readings and the booklet included is extremely helpful. Awesome deck for a newbie.
The Modern Witch Tarot is presented in an impressive and very sturdy vertical slipcase. Judging by the structure and design of the box, it’s clear that there’s a significant attention to detail with this product. There’s even a cardboard insert to hold the cards in place within the box.
Inside the box is the deck and LWB (Little White Book). The “LWB” is actually a small hardback book. Based on my cursory perusal of its 56 pages, this guide appears to be brief, but also comprehensive.
The deck itself feels solid to handle. The cards are thick (400 GSM, I’m guessing) and glossy. The card backs are an intricate pale blue mosaic design that reminds me of classic playing card backs. The design is not symmetrical (“reversible”), though, which might disappoint some readers, but I’m totally okay with it. Also, at the back of the deck, as it is boxed, are two additional cards. One is an uplifting message, a blessing from the deck, if you will. The other is the 10 of Swords, retitled as “EVERYTHING IS FINE.” I’ve read that this is the very first card of the deck that the artist created. I remember seeing that image on the ‘net as a meme and loving it, even before there was any word of a full tarot deck being made. How magically full-circle it is to have the physical deck — and that card — now in my hands.
Regarding the actual card images, the graphics are clear and vibrant, and the imagery is fantastic. It is indeed a modern twist to the Smith-Waite motif; present-day landscapes, fashion, and technology abound. And this deck definitely celebrates empowered human beings of multiple identities, including LGBTQ, full figured, and senior citizens. And POC, finally, are more than just an afterthought; it’s wonderful to behold. These are real people, in all manner of shapes, shades, and ages.
It has been mentioned elsewhere that the lack of males in this deck creates an imbalanced energy. Personally, I’m not finding this to be an issue, in terms of reading with this deck. Over the years, I’ve read with other female-centric decks, as well, and I likewise observed no “balance” issues. In my experience, when it comes to intuition, energy will announce itself (masculine, feminine, old, young, joyful, angry, etc.), regardless of the card imagery. For me, the actual pictures on the cards are only a fraction of what determines the energy of a reading.
As for the Modern Witch Tarot, I am absolutely delighted with every aspect of this deck. I’m enamored with these dynamic individuals. It has quickly become my favorite working deck. ~Tauni
The lovely artwork is colorful and sticks close to the Waite-Smith model, so anyone can learn the foundations with this deck. There is a great diversity of femmes and gender fluid people in the deck—it IS a modern feminist deck. The hardback LWB is nice to see and I really like the spread that is included in the back. There is a two-part slide-off hard box with printing on the inside! Very nice set at this price point. I love the backs! A lot. The color and design on this deck is wonderful! It's not reversible, but it's passible, so you can still use reversibles without clients knowing exactly. (The two swords pointing to the right is upright).
I've been using this deck for a while and wanted to wait before posting a review. Overall, it reads very well for the purposes of my reading practice. However, there are a couple glaring things about the deck that I want to point out, which brings me to the cons.
The card stock is way too thick and difficult to shuffle. There's no way to riffle shuffle this deck. Also, overhand shuffling damages the edges of the cards. (The top layer gets dinged and starts to peel off in places.) I have to break up the deck in two to over hand shuffle the deck. (I still can't riffle with the broken deck even!) I know people like thick card stock, but there IS such a thing as too thick! There really is no need to have more than 310gsm to 330gsm if you're using quality stock, 350gsm at most! If you're going to use 350gsm card stock, then you'll need to use flexible art paper or stock! (I'm nerding out here, but it's something I'm quite familiar with because of my work in the field.) This is thicker than 350gsm...feels like 400gsm?! When you start getting too thick, the possibility of damage increases especially with glossy finishes on thicker stocks where the image can almost peel off. The addition of the gloss adds thickness too and am wondering if that's what happened here creating stiff, inflexible cards.
Another con is the lack of diversity of AGE in the deck. I understand one can't include everyone in the world, but...this feels like a deck for young witches. Perhaps it ought to be called the Millennial Witch Tarot? ;) This deck leaves out a wizened population of witches. I'm in my 40s and while I feel I can use this deck for both younger and older clients, I don't feel that my older witchy clientele resonates with this deck as much as my younger clientele does. There were so many amazing reviews about how diverse this deck was—and it is! To a point. IMO, if we're talking about diversity of witches, being a "modern witch" myself, we must include our modern wizened witches too...those who have passed down their wisdom!
If I were consulting on this deck, I would have recommended that the Kings and Queens be more mature people. Or even the court cards be more diverse in age. Everyone seems to be in their 20s to 30s. Obviously this is the creators prerogative, as it is her deck creation! And, maybe this makes sense, especially if the creator is within that age range, for she would illustrate whatever her reflection/projection (psychologically speaking) is of the world. I'm just thinking here and expressing my opinion, in case others might be turned off with the lack of age diversity.
It's not like there's zero older women, however, I only count four in the entire deck and none of them are solo— they are always with others. (There are other silver-haired folks, but they are young people with silver hair.) One of them is in the 6 of Swords with her back toward the viewer. The other is in the Death card with prayer hands facing Death. One is the Unknown Visitor in the 10 of Pentacles and the last one (who is more middle-aged with silver hair) is in the 3 of Pentacles (the art teacher). I guess I would have liked seeing a couple more wizened witches in the Majors and court cards.
Saying that, I do like the Queen choices, but the Queen of Swords could have been an older woman and a couple of the Kings could have been older too. I really don't understand the King of Pentacles choice, but maybe it's someone the creator knows? Perhaps that's how she picked all of her court cards?
I realize I'm being picky here, but IMHO It just feels like a missed opportunity. I'm just pointing out that there is a lack of diversity in age that would have been more relevant to the court cards. I know that Kings and Queens can represent young mature people, but again, feels like a missed opportunity.
Based on the LWB, this deck is supposed to include fashion, which may be why the deck has a younger slant. But fashion isn't just for the youth. Older women follow and enjoy fashion too. I have been enjoying the variety of styles the creator used in the deck. For example, the Hermit's cloak and black dress with shining star medallion is beautiful (she's a young silver-haired witch in a dark room closing a laptop). As a side note, this makes me wonder if this will date the deck at some point in the future. But, this might not be a bad thing. I do enjoy getting out my dated decks from my collection. :)
Overall, I'm glad I have this deck as a choice for clients to select from my working decks. I'll keep using it and maybe these cons will grow on me. I've noticed that my opinions can change with decks, which is why I hesitate to review decks anymore. But, the cons were enough here for me to speak up.
To end on a positive note (this is a 3-star review!) There are many cards in the deck that work brilliantly. The Knights are wonderful. The Empress is painted beautifully, and I really adore all of the Aces. Strength is gorgeous—she wears heels—that takes strength! I love the balance of diverse brown, black and white women throughout the deck, as well as their varying shapes and sizes. There are few decks that are this diverse.
I will keep and continue to work with this tarot for now. It's a solid reading deck (and literally so is the card stock! Too solid. ;) )
The guide book is nicer than most I've seen. Although there are no reversal explanations inside it + once you get to the Minor Arcana, there are no pictures of each card like for the Major Arcana. Also they're very short explanations.
I would have given a 5 star review, but as I looked through my deck. It seems like about 5-7 of the cards had Blue smudges on the backs of them, maybe from when they were printed. I'm not sure, but that was kind of disappointing. Another Con is that the deck was advertised like crazy, but when it came to keeping people up-to-date on when it would come out... Things were kind of left in the air and we never got a specific date when the deck would be published.
The publish date kept getting pushed back and when people kept asking questions, they got vague answers. Or at least that was the experience for me and a lot of people whose complaints I saw on Instagram & Twitter. I understand that this was Lisa Sterle's first time making a deck and I'm not trying to bash her because I really do love her work. I'd just suggest being more organized next time and make public posts addressing everyones concerns or FAQs.
That being said, I'd love to see more decks by Lisa and hope everyone buys this deck because it's very unique.
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Lots of diversity in terms of gender presentation, skin colour, body types, ages. Beautiful artwork that maintains classic Rider-Waite imagery.
The left side is smooth. The deck is awesome. I just wish they check the production people who cut and package this deck.