TarotTarot Card Deck and Book Set Complete Mega Mini Kit Fortune Telling Men Women Teen (RP Minis) Paperback – September 13, 2002
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For the most part, the cards fit obviously into the RWS system, with a few exceptions. For example, the two of wands shows two horizontal wands seeming to strike a man whose head is removed from his body, and the two of pentacles appears to be a man blowing two pentacle-like bubbles from a bubble pipe. The 5 of pentacles shows a toothy alligator-like creature; these don't really speak to me. But I absolutely love the Judgment card. It depicts a colorful butterfly holding a key, which to me symbolizes being freed and rising up and flying off to a new life. The six of cups shows someone daydreaming by what I believe is a wishing well with a cloud above as if to suggest "head in the clouds," possibly reminiscing about the past.
There is a little paper "Fortune Telling Mat" with a four-card spread on one side and instructions on the other. The spread is a good, simple spread to start with, and I like the way the author says you can either think of a specific issue or else just shuffle quietly and the Tarot will suggest an issue to explore.
There is also a tiny book included with brief card meanings given for each card. I can't say I agree with all of them; for example, for the two of swords, which is often about indecision, the book says "Tensions begin to mellow. Help is on the way. Slow down and relax- you're entering a leisurely phase. Make yourself available to others, but don't spread yourself too thin." The Three of swords, often about heartache and loss, begins by saying "You misinterpret another's intentions..." That isn't always so, so these can be a bit confusing if you're used to more traditional RWS interpretations. However, as either a starting place for a beginner, or just as extra food for thought for a more experienced reader, they're fine. The author also encourages you to simply use the artwork as a springboard for your own interpretations.
I was surprised to find myself really loving the simplicity of the card images. I thought I would find them too limiting, However, I am finding just the opposite! The images suggest the essence of the card meaning, the "kernel" or main energy of the card (with a few odd exceptions as I've mentioned), but their simplicity leaves them open to my own intuition. Sometimes when a Tarot card is overly ornate or has a lot of symbolism, it can actually be harder to apply to a given situation without sensing that some aspects of the card don't "fit." These tiny cards with their colorful central images on a black background really spark the imagination and I've been surprised how easy they are to interpret, even without reference to the little book. I find it easy to give them my own personalized meanings.
Sometimes I want to do a quick reading for myself but my usual go-to decks seem too "heavy." When I don't want to do a deep analysis of the cards, and just want an answer to a quick question, this will be my go-to deck. The size makes it possible to carry anywhere, either in the included magnetized box or some other box or bag. I love it!
I have the cards which cost approximately $8. These cards are roughly 3 inches by 3 inches in size, and fit snugly in my palm. It's great! The card paper quality is of good quality and has a nice thickness to it. They're very easy to shuffle. The images on the cards are beautiful and clear. The colors on the cards have a great contrast and the pictures themselves are simple but not overly simplistic.
The cards came in an unopened box and no cards were missing. (I feel compelled to make this point some another reviewer stated they had missing cards.) In addition to the cards, the box also contained a small book to help interpret the tarot cards. The booklet is clear, easy to understand. Additionally, there's a nice spot within the box to keep the book in so everything stays all together.
Overall, I'm so very happy that I ordered these cards. They're beautiful and are of fantastic quality. I can't speak more highly of them!! :)
The reason I'm not giving this product five stars is the new packaging. The carton has a complex arrangement of a box for the instructions and cards with an external wrap-around flap for the booklet. I'm concerned that the booklet will fall out because nothing holds it in place but the flap which uses a magnet to stay closed and does not line up properly. (Who thought that was a good idea???) We haven't traveled with it yet though, so time will tell.
Inside the box, it's still the same great deck, with less scary interpretations than many other tarot decks.
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Update. Slight concern going through the cards. Major Arcana the Justice card and Strength card appear to have had their numbers swapped over. So in this deck, Justice is 8 (VIII) and Strength is 11 (XI). Never come across this before.
It was one of the first decks I ever handled.
With all the flashy new decks being churned out, this little gem may be in danger of being overlooked.
The art is simple with a black background and reminds me of old school sailor tattoos.
Cleverly designed as an on the go deck.
The booklet contains surprisingly, a refreshing perspective in translating the upright/reversed meanings. The writing style is concise, no waffling!
Worthy of being part of anyone's collection.
By the way, the backs of these cards are gorgeous!
Great for traveling. Easy deck to read and beginners will be very happy to use it because it's intuitive. The box is thick and protects the cards and the little book, which is surprisingly well written and to the point. It is accurate.
Each card is 7,9 cm high and 6,3 cm wide (not tiny, just normally small). There are people classifying them as stamps, but i think they were referring to the other version with a hardback book with really small cards, which is not the case (this little book is paperback and has 88 pages).
Unfortunately for me, I ordered several items and the package was a little big, so this deck got a dent.
A great deck.
At first glance you think oh wow this deck sure is tiny! Although really vibrant and attractive. The backing on the cards is so rich and colorful. One of my favorites in that sense. But that's not all. The images are deceptively simple. Three is great symbology in them and you can actually spot the symbols and read them off the cards unlike some really busy decks with the symbols kind of playing hide and seek with you ! The black backgrounds are a really clever trick at making a small image pop and give lucid readings. Color coded corners. A tiny but smart booklet packed with information. I really love how this deck reads. It fires up my imagination. Got myself 2 copies. Super cool.
Las cartas son.bastante gruesas y la cajita lleva un pequeño librito de explicación. P
Lo malo es que solo esta en ingles pero como los dibujos son tan explicitos...no importa!
The accompanying "book" doesn't provide a lot of information on potential interpretation of the cards but it does provide the basics (kind of like a newspaper horoscope).
All in all, I'm satisfied with my purchase.
El librito es insuficiente, no describe los naipes y su significado es muy parco.
Traseras fabulosas, baraja cuadrada con bordes redondeados, colorida con fondo negro, fácilmente barajable, plastificada sin exceso y cartulina de calidad media-baja (no está diseñada para barajarla mucho o de hacerlo hay que ser delicado; se comban con el uso).
No considero que sea una "baraja infantil" o "primeriza". Es intuitiva, con dibujos bien hechos, coloridos y con significado a primera vista. Viene con un librito que explica su versión de cada carta y un tapete de papel para hacer tiradas. Buscar la baraja en google como: "Nova Tarot" para ver fotos o videos en Youtube. Algunas reminiscencias al RWS en algunos arcanos, pero ligeras y posición de los A. Mayores pre-Golden Dawn.