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Shadowscapes Tarot Deck Cards – May 8, 2011
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About the Author
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Oakland, California) is a professional artist whose fantasy illustrations have been commissioned by various game and book publishers. Author and illustrator for the book Dreamscapes, her work also regularly appears in the magazines Realms of Fantasy, Cricket, and Cicada. Visit her online at www.shadowscapes.com.
In the early 1990s, at a party, someone put a tarot deck in Barbara's hands; she's held on tightly ever since. Tarot provides just enough structure so that we don't get lost as we explore the mysteries, plumb our dark corners, and locate our North Stars.
Barbara has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She's published a number of books on tarot, including Tarot for Beginners, Tarot Spreads, The Steampunk Tarot, The Gilded Tarot, The Mystic Dreamer Tarot, and Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Writing is solitary work and is relieved by teaching tarot at conferences around the world. Barbara also loves working directly with clients, helping them uncover guidance and insight in the cards.
Connect with Barbara online at www.tarotshaman.com.~
Top Customer Reviews
These cards are bordered in gray; numbered and labeled at the bottom. The back of these cards is reversible, showing the classical depiction of a sun surrounded by an ornate ring which gives out an aura over a purple-black and starry space.
The Major Arcana are numbered with roman numerals. Labeled with the standard naming convention from the Rider Tarot, these cards certainly follow this tradition in a spectacular way. For example, The Tower shows a city, and within the city a tree stand taller than anything. At the top of the tree there is a tower being struck down by lighting.
However, I thought that the superb ethereal imagery could have inspired, and easily justified, a name change of a few of the Major Arcana. For example, Death shows a Phoenix like creature perching on a tree, while the Hierophant shows an Ent like creature sitting on the branch.
The suits on the Minor Arcana (swords, wands, cups and pentacles) corresponding element (air, fire, water and earth) are subtly integrated within the scenery of the cards. The court cards follow the standard naming convention of Page, Knight, Queen and King. My favorite cards from the court must be Knights, with the Knight of Swords riding a swan, the Knight of Wands riding a horned lion, the Knight of Cups riding an unicorn on high surf, and the Knight of Pentacles riding a earth Dragon.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this deck. This deck comes with a Little White Book.
Other decks by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law:
The booklet does have instructions for the beginner on three spreads, which I enjoyed very much since I'd never seen any of them. Once again, there are faults with this item, but it's definitely worth the money. The cards are what really matter anyway, right?
I'd suggest for beginners and experts.
Contact me if you're interested in a personal reading! theDivinerLife@gmail.com
Enter Shadowscapes. When I glimpsed the fuzzy sample images on Aeclectic it was love at first sight. I delighted in the availability of every piece of art on Ms. Law's website, poring through the pages and drinking in the fantasy worlds she had painstakingly created. I couldn't own a copy soon enough!
My best friend didn't take long to buy this for me, insisting he give it as a gift, though he wasn't sure why. When I had the deck in my hands, complaints about card thickness and size seemed silly. The cards are the same thickness as my US Games Lord of the Rings deck, and thicker than my Lo Scarabeo Dragons deck. The full thickness is approximately one inch, but the cards feel like they won't bend at the slightest breeze. If you're worried, don't riffle your tarot deck.
As for the size, yes, there are small details. Yes, they can be difficult to see. Use them as an excuse to lose yourself in the cards! Each card is a portal to a rich, vibrant world of dancing faeries and hidden dryads. The subject of each card pulls you in and leads you through a story. Some of my favorites include the playful leaping river of foxes the Five of Wands must wade through, the lock and key just within reach of the chained woman beneath the hooves of the Devil, and the delightful innocence of the Six of Cups' tea party.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful deck, beautiful art. Thank you for designing such a wonderful set.Published 4 hours ago by Brandie Williamson
Absolutely beautiful! The photo on Amazon doesn't do it justice however the name and artistry on the box cover resonated so deeply when I first saw it that I simply had to buy... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Melinique Sanz
At first I thought these cards were way inferior in quality compared to other decks I've purchased. But when I got them home I actually compared them to another deck I really love... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Goldie Rippeth
I absolutely love this deck. It is so pretty and totally resonated with me!Published 11 days ago by Pamela C.
I did not buy my deck through Amazon -- I bought it directly from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, and if you're going to do so -- I really recommend that you do so. Read morePublished 14 days ago by LissaCat
The deck is definitely more beautiful in person. The card stock seems very sturdy. The names of the cards are the same as the standard Rider Waite deck making it easy to... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
These cards are absolutely beautiful. Like the other reviews I wish the quality of the card was a little thicker and wish they were a little larger to really bright all the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Stephanie A Nichols
Arrived on time. Cards are beautiful, a perfect addition to my collection.Published 1 month ago by tz
Beautifully drawn. I wish the cards were slightly larger so you could see all the detail in the artwork, but they are great for shuffling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Y