- Cards: 78 pages
- Publisher: United States Games Systems; Tcr Crds/B edition (May 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572816597
- ISBN-13: 978-1572816596
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.3 x 4.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sun and Moon Tarot Cards – March 5, 2012
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These cards really speak to me. I spend more time with them and I am learning more. The art work is beautiful. I love the interacial theme being mixed race myself.
I have them in a little puch and I cary them everwhere. Last night I sat and talked with my church Pastor about them. He is a contemplative christian. I was raised traditional baptist and totally thought he would say that my cards are evil or something. But this is what he said. . . he told me that tarot cards are a good practice for me because they are helping me to look within myself for the divine wisdom and that part of the true spiritual journey is to seek answers from within and not always from without.
He also said that practicing Tarot is like eating a good vegetable. It shouldn't make up your entire diet for every meal because you need other nutrients, but you should definitely include it because it is an essential nutrient itself (if it is your cup of tea).
In short, I am satisfied :-)
The deck is comprised of the standard 78 cards, with Majors, Minors and Courts. Based on the Thoth deck, it stays true to the titles that Aleister Crowley used (ex: 7 of Pentacles - Failure; Art - Temperance; Princes and Princes rather than Knights and Pages). I've always been somewhat intimidated by the Thoth deck but Decort has taken that influence and infused it with an almost playful, childlike essence. This could be because she has a background as an illustrator for children's books or perhaps she simply wanted to deliver the wisdom of the Thoth deck in a more whimsical and accessible manner. I'm not sure which reason guided her work but the result is an inviting, fun deck that never loses its Thoth roots.
This is a well made deck on sturdy card stock with a somewhat matte finish. It felt great in my hands, shuffled well and seemed built to last. This is very important to me as I tend to be hard on my decks through constant use. The back of the deck is a gorgeous black and white mandala - and it's reversible, another small detail that I like.
Each image is framed by white borders with titles (in English) and numbers clearly printed. The typeface is easy to read, no squinting required. Colors are bold yet muted.Read more ›
The illustrations are easy on the eyes with faceless "waldorf doll" people on them. The people are in many hues of skin tone and hair style and gender.
The sword cards all have cloudy backgrounds so it makes it easy to remember sword = air. The wand cards are all black backgrounds and have fire in them somewhere. This makes it easy to remember wand = fire. The cups have people playing in, on, or near water with a dark blue background. Cups = water. The disks all have the same yellow/green earthiness background to them.
It takes after the Crowley/Thoth deck in that it has the minor arcana with words on the top. It tends to "blend" imagery from the Crowley deck and the RWS deck. The fool for example, is on a cliff with a pack with the sun in the corner similar to RWS but in more modern clothing. However the buttery flying in "coils" around him, the tiger, and the crocodile are elements drawn from the Crowley deck. Through most of the major arcana you can see the influences of both. When you get to the minor since Crowely has no people and is more abstract, this deck goes for more RWS influences. Sometimes it goes in other places -- for instance the death card is a woman phoenix image rather than the skull knight of the RWS deck or the skeleton reaper of the Crowley deck.
In general you could call this a "Crowley Jr" deck and not be too far amiss. But it has the approachability of RWS -- sometimes the Thoth deck just has too much going on in imagery to get a handle on. Especially for a beginner adult or a kid.
The cards themselves are reasonably sturdy like any other playing deck of cards or tarot cards. They come in a 2.Read more ›
Unlike many tarot artists, Vanessa Decort is both a tarotist and an artist. Her first introduction to tarot was the Crowley Thoth Harris deck. According to the deck's accompanying materials, Decort designed the deck "to deepen her understanding of tarot's messages". It was her goal to incorporate in Sun and Moon Tarot "universal archetypes and symbols from many cultures".
The colors of Sun and Moon Tarot are lovely and the images are evocative. This deck is like no other I have seen, and yet it is grounded enough to make it serviceable and understandable. While there are many tarot decks available, there are very few that are both unique and truly usable. Sun and Moon Tarot is.
The cards are standard sized, and have a plain white border. The card titles are on the bottom, in the border. There are no capital letters; all words on the cards and the box are lower case. .Numbers are written out in the card titles; there are no roman numerals. New students will enjoy the ease with which they can identify each card, even the pips, by name.
Sun and Moon Tarot honors both Waite and Crowley. The Crowley keyword for each pip card is boldly printed in the top of the white border.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm so in love with these cards. I really connect with this set. Beautiful artwork!Published 2 months ago by Allison P.
This deck is beyond amazing. I really enjoy the colors, and the intuitive hits. Simple but elegant.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This deck is delightful. Vanessa Decort worked on illustrations for children's books before creating this deck as part of her own Tarot study. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Brandon
I bought this deck just because I loved the art. It's cute but not too girly.Published 3 months ago by Joyce Vargas