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Lovely large deck
on December 20, 2012
I uploaded some images, sorry I'm not the best photographer so I hope I did some justice to this deck. There is also a helpful video review and Patricia Cori also speaks about her deck at YouTube. I tried to include samples of each minor arcana suits and some of the major arcana cards. The deck is large sized and the stock has a glossy coating. Some may not care for the size and it appeared to me like it might even be larger than the traditional Thoth deck. It was bit much for my small hands to handle, but the large format also complements the pictures and cosmic theme of the deck. Another thing potential purchasers should be aware of is the seal on the back makes it obvious whether the card is reversed. I prefer card backs that do not allow the user to know whether the card is reversed or upright. You'll have to flex the cards to release them as the glossy coating made them stick together. The images are digital and some are collage-like with a cosmic multi-cultural spiritual feel. The minor arcana suits are crystals (pentacles), chalices (cups), orbs (swords), and flames (wands). The court/pip cards are masters (kings), sages (queens), adepts (knights), and seekers (pages). The court cards are such that they could represent people or they could represent a personal journey toward mastery of that suit. Cori does not offer the detailed descriptions and potential interpretation for each court card, but direction as to what they could represent in the reading so you can interpret the card in light of the journey.
Patricia Cori has put a lot of thought into this re-envisioned deck. The traditional decks seemed more geared toward divining actual events, people and psychological states. This deck can be used in that way, but Cori has obviously designed it to help people on their spiritual paths. For example instead of saying, the 3 of swords means a breakup or heartache is coming, Cori starts with a description and explanation of the card image and then poses several questions to help the reader or seeker think about how the card reflects their journey. A sample question for thought for the 3 swords is, "What core beliefs or convictions have to be let go of, in order to allow the possibility of a whole new paradigm to come forward?"
Cards that perhaps made people uneasy in the traditional decks like Death, The Devil, and the 3, 10 and 9 of swords have been re-imagined. This doesn't mean the deck is all fairies and lightness. There is darkness in the deck too, but it is darkness tempered with the promise of relief if the user assesses the situation and him/herself honestly. I find the deck is well balanced in that respect, neither too harsh nor filled with forced positive thinking. Death is Transition and the picture shows a woman's spirit flowing out of her body into a tunnel of light. Very peaceful and beautiful. If you use reversals, Cori's advice is quite simple and straightforward. She suggests the energy is not in full bloom, the key is still not manifesting and it is going to take a bit longer to come to full power, there is something blocking the energy, but also advises the user to find their own "measure" and trust it.
As I have just received the deck, I have mostly been enjoying the images and reading the accompanying small approximately 85 page booklet that comes with it. So far I have only done one reading for myself and the cards were accurate for me. The booklet is the same size as the cards and stores in the box. I prefer this to the set where the book is separate and larger than the cards/box. I also prefer the 2 part pull apart box design which is sturdy instead of the flimsier type with the flap. A friend also ordered this deck and I am sure we are going to enjoy our decks.