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Ostara Tarot Paperback – June 28, 2017
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Molly Applejohn, Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard, and Julia Iredale are four illustrators living in Vancouver, Canada. After meeting at art school and discovering a shared love for the occult, they decided to tackle the ambitious task of illustrating a Tarot deck.
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1. Artwork - Wow! I like them all but some are just awesome. I like all of the artists, but I think I like Iredale's and Applejohn's overall work the best. That said Cooke's Strength and Death cards - among others - are gorgeous. And Gibbard's 1 of Swords makes me smile and the 10 of Swords makes me want to cry. And Gibbard's card back is one of my favorite card back designs on any deck ever.
2. Card Quality - These cards give a wonderful first impression of quality. They are thick - as my image shows in the comparison of the individual card and the deck to a quarter. They have a nice quality slick feel. The artwork is vibrant. There is a nice silver lining on the edge of each card. Now, I have to mention... the thickness of these cards means they are very stiff and a bit hard to shuffle and I couldn't get anything close to a bridge... Lol. This may change with time, or not. It doesn't bother me but is worth a mention.
Please note: The metallic silvery lining is sturdy and the cards will probably be stuck together. I carefully peeled them apart and the lining stayed perfectly in place and they separated cleanly. I had no issues with peeling of corners or cards with artwork on the face or card backings being adhered as I have with other cards with thick linings like these have. Just be very careful! :-)
3. The Book - Lovely as the rest. Soft and velvety smooth cover, with slick pages and stellar full color art depictions of each card. The card descriptions are apt, but not terribly long and you will find no information about anything but the cards and the artists. If you are adept in reading this is no bother. If you have other books then this is also no bother. If you are a newbie - or giving this to a newbie - you will want to include a book on spreads.
4. The Box - So, as often happens with an outstanding box - the inside slightly disappoints. The outside is coated in smooth velvety paper, and there are thick, firm cardboard sides, with a magnetic clasp and a ribbon pull - of course with the same pretty full color artwork. So swoon-worthy! Inside, however, the cards must be separated in half to fit, but the "holder" to keep them from slopping about the box is two pieces of firm paper that are removable. The top one isn't the length of the box, which looks plain unfinished. I assume this allows you to pry the cards out, but this part feels slapdash when the rest of the set is roses and cream. What I would give for someone to line a box in even cheap velvet that the deck can nestle into with a ribbon to gently dislodge them from their bed when needed? Sigh, I guess we have to dream.
5. The "Feels" - So there is artwork of beauty and artwork of feels. These cards have good feels to them. I love the ladies being so present. I love the animals being so prevalent. Some of the cards have art that is so dynamic they just pull you in to their story - be it sweet, bold or sorrowful. I love this. It makes it easier to read, in my opinion. I very much like these cards and to give you a reference - while I love many decks - my favorites so far are So Below and Everyday Witch. If you like those you may also like this. It's not the same as those two decks but I still think you could vibe with this one, if you did with the others. :-)
Bottom line: Overall these are high-quality, stunning cards with a lovely box - a perfect gift for you or a loved one. I will update if something wonky happens - if they fall apart in an unexpected way - but if there is no update please know that they are as lovely as ever and I am enjoying them thoroughly.
P.S. I am attaching some images to show a sample of the deck - the vibe of the deck - and comparisons to a quarter for sizing, along with details of the box. Also, included my first reading. I would suspect shuffling issues, perhaps, but things have been a bit rough around the edges the past few months. It happens! Hope this all helps and that if you get this deck you love it as I do. Enjoy! :D
The artwork though doesn't really speak to me either. In the pictures I saw before this deck was released I loved it. And I do still love some of the cards, but I don't feel a connection with the deck unfortunately. The artwork doesn't feel consistent either, like some of the cards just don't fit the *feel* of the others, IMO.
So overall, it's a nice deck, but will likely be added to my pile of decks to trade.
Haven't tested to see if edges will continue to shed and if the bends affect shuffling/cause peeling, but it's such a pretty deck to not print at a higher quality after such a long wait.