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Mystic Dreamer Tarot Cards – March 5, 2012
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"I found this book to be a joy to read, easy to follow, a good guide for beginners, with enough information to tweak the interest of those who have been reading for a while." -- Aeclectic Tarot, May 2008
"Overall, this is a deck I'd happily recommend to someone just starting out with Tarot who wanted something less traditional but not so far a field from the Rider Waite Smith system. You could easily pick this deck up and any of the basic books on Tarot to begin learning this art. Well done, Heidi Darras and Barbara Moore."
"This is a practice I wholly endorse for those who wish to study the Tarot."
"The deck is ideal for anyone seeking a modern, slightly Gothic alternative to the more traditional Rider-Waite-Smith images. It is full of fascinating detail and would definitely repay further study."
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Print Design: I guess this parchment yellow was a judgement call, but when you have a lot of moon images, wouldn't something like a navy blue be better??? I feel in this deck that someone was trying to compete with the artist. The border is VERY distracting from the art.
The Quality: What completely redeems the bad border choice is the artist work and the card quality. The card stock is thin, but I prefer the thinner stock. I do not like this new heavy card stock that feels like you are holding a chunk of plastic in your hands. The card and box also doesn't have any chemical stink that knocks you out. Some newer deck do. The size of the cards are about as perfect as you can get for holding. I like somewhere closer to a playing card size versus an Oracle card. These may be a bit small for some, but perfect for me. I also love the feel and texture of the cards. Again, not a high gloss and they feel nice.
The Book: I LOVE the book! The size is great and the only thing they could have done better is make it full color photos, but as is, just fine. It is also a very nice size to hold. It is the first time I am reading the book and don't feel bogged down. I am actually enjoying it. Specific and to the point. Not a lot of personal irrelevance and strangeness you get in some decks. I am going to look for more of Barbara Moore's work.
The Box: The box is not the best, but not the worst. It is pretty, but thin and chintzy. I'll store that in some forgotten corner. I prefer to keep cards in bags anyhow. Boxes are usually cumbersome.
Conclusion: This is going to be one of my personal favorite decks. It really calls to me. The art is so provocative and the cards nice to hold. The book is already a favorite. I can get over the horrid borders.
The two cards that make a deck for me are the Hermit and the Death card. This deck has THE BEST metaphorical death card EVER. I just love the idea. Brilliant! There are only perhaps 2 cards that I am a bit ho-hum about, but I like almost every other card. This is what impressed me about the deck. I kept going back to look at various cards. If you have any vision issues and you collect tarot cards, I suggest that you buy a nice magnifier lamp light. This is very handy in look at finer details. I also suggest buying the app. It gives a much better perspective of the image details.
I don't think there is anything near a concept of diversity in this deck, but I get a kick out of the Queen of Wands. She is a bit plump with a sunflower over her head and the King of Wands is quite the pouting hotty with lions at his feet. She looks a bit ticked off and he looks narcissistic. I just found that very funny! That is probably what I like so much about this art. Each image tells a really interesting story. This type of art is not easy and usually borders on idiotic or just bad taste. Heidi Darras really has a gift in not crossing that line into Photoshop horror. As a nature photographer myself, with a degree in Communications and art, I have a low level of tolerance for certain things. I decided that I HAD to have this deck and ordered it with one day shipping. I paid twice what I could have, but I am not sorry at all.
Llewelyn can redeem their bad choices on the border design by republishing this deck at some point. Please try to consult qualified artists in the future...or how about THE artist?! So, yes, go ahead and shell out your cash if you think you are drawn to this deck. Both the artist and author are a delight! Llewelyn did make a few good choices and the general quality is worth the price.
Update: 5.10.17: After much agonizing over these cards I finally made peace with them. Believe it or not...I turned the deck I edited so much into a Lenormand deck. They work beautifully! I then ordered a whole new regular deck. I'll learn to live with the yellow borders. Again...the author and artist really did a beautiful job on these despite the printing issues. After about $60 I am happy.
First, there's no nudity in this deck, which to many readers who read at public fairs, is a huge relief. (The Lovers are semi-nude, but tastefully photoshopped). It's a darkish deck--moons appear in every card--but the overall tone is not particularly shadowy or bleak to me, as many 'darker' decks are. The symbolism is strongly reliant on RWS, so owners of other 'standard' decks can probably jump right in with readings. Some differences exist--the Hanged Man, for example, has both legs straight instead of the standard 'figure four', the Devil doesn't have a scary guy with horns--but all in all your RWS deck skills will transfer pretty seamlessly. Many symbols repeat throughout the deck, like waterfalls and ravens, that are not standard, but do lead to fascinating connections in a more intuitive-style reading.
The deck is heavily female--in case the big PINK box it comes in doesn't give that away. It features women more than men in the cards themselves--the swords suit, for example, is almost entirely female. The book it comes with is nice--not the LWB, but a paperback glossy covered affair. The explanations for each card are solid, and not very 'out there' or far from standard interpretations. The real treasure of the book comes in the 'use your intuition' questions for each card.
This is my first photo-collage deck, and I like it a lot more than I'd expected. I'd hoped it would be a bit more androgynous in appeal and pictures. But I can't fault a deck that gives good, solid readings and pushes a reader or a tarot-meditator to further their intuitive skills.
The cards come in a sheer black drawstring bag. You have a border around both sides of the cards. The card stock isn't great but it isn't flimsy either. It's in the middle. The images are vibrant and definitely colorful. But in my opinion it isn't a balanced deck because the majority of the cards are geared towards the female, there is a few cards that show couples, and even less of the men and only 2 that have neither.
I have used this deck for awhile but it has been hard for me to connect with it.
The cards themselves seem rather sturdy. I've had cards in the past made of flimsy material, making the decks only good for so long. However, this deck seems to be made of stronger material. It will most likely last for quite some time.
The book that comes with the deck is much better than I expected. My previous deck came with a very tiny paper book, giving one to two sentences explaining each card. This book, not only gives card meanings, but it introduces tarot, illustrates spreads and allows for the reader to make notes. It's quite the nifty little thing!
All and all, I would definitely recommend this deck!