- Series: Wild Unknown
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Boxed edition (November 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062466593
- ISBN-13: 978-0062466594
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 2.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 4,115 customer ratings
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The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook (Official Keepsake Box Set) Hardcover – November 8, 2016
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About the Author
KIM KRANS is a visionary artist, author, and creator of the New York Times bestseller The Wild Unknown Tarot, The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit, The Wild Unknown Journal, and The Wild Unknown Archetypes Deck and Guidebook. She is also the author \of several children’s books, including Hello Sacred Life and ABC Dream. Krans received her BFA in drawing at Cooper Union in NYC, MFA in mixed media at Hunter College, and a MA in depth psychology and creativity at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. Her seeker's heart has brought her to study in-depth practices of yoga and shamanism in India, Africa, Europe, and the UK. Kim teaches events and workshops that activate the forces of creativity and radical transformation through art, meditation, mysticism, and movement. See more at kimkrans.com
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This boxed set is an incredible bargain. It is beautifully made. Within the outer protective cardboard sleeve is the large, sturdy box, which has a flap with a magnetic closure. I love that; it's so easy to open and close. A silk ribbon lifts the guidebook out, to reveal underneath the actual deck, in its own box. That box too has a silk ribbon to help you easily lift out the cards.
The guidebook is all hand lettered, and offers some excellent interpretations. They really get to the heart of the matter. Some Tarot books give so many possible meanings to the cards that they almost have no meaning at all. That has its place, because we all know that meanings shift and change depending on the individual, the other cards in the layout, etc. But it can also be refreshing to have a simple, straightforward, no-holds-barred "this is what's happening" interpretation.
This is an honest, tough-love deck, in my opinion. I don't think it's a deck I will go to when I (or a client) am feeling emotionally very fragile. It incorporates all the raw, primal, honest energy of nature-- not fluffy, airbrushed nature but blood-and-bones nature-- and you really need to be ready to hear and accept the raw truth when you use this deck. Some days I feel very drawn to use it; other days I feel I can't handle it. It's that kind of deck. But that's part of what makes it such a great deck. Reading for oneself is always hard, because we have a tendency to want to see in the cards the outcome or the meaning we desire, and so it's difficult to be objective. With this deck, you really have no choice. It's going to get right to the heart of the matter. If you're ready to face the deepest truths, this is your deck.
For that reason it's a great deck for shadow work, for working with our innermost fears and secrets. In this sense the deck can be very healing, used with journaling, meditation, etc.
The artwork is stunning and absolutely unique. Some people have likened the pip cards to the Marseille deck. I can see that, and yet they aren't really in the stylized, almost geometric patterns of the Marseille. If you study the card, there really IS a picture there, though the absence of any human figure or even an animal figure makes it more difficult to perceive. The Major Arcana are especially beautiful and evocative.
One of the most unique Tarot decks that I've seen or own.
This deck is so blunt it's like getting hit by a building. It will go straight to the heart of the matter, whether you want to hear the truth or not, and it will not shy away from telling you off for asking too many questions (usually, the 7 of Swords is what comes up when I'm being facetious like that, they're delightfully snarky). The vague descriptions in the guidebook allow you to figure out what every card means for that particular reading, instead of forcing the reading to the rather narrow implications of the cards. They're incredibly flexible in how you can interpret them, which gives them a bit of an edge in my opinion. Obviously this means they're not really meant for people who need that constant assurance that yes, they memorized the card correctly.
The Wild Unknown is more for people who can think in the abstract and look at the images in different ways, using the context of the reading to pick out the minute details of each image. Back to the 7 of Swords, when upright there are 6 swords floating above a fox curled up as if sleeping, but with one eye open and rather obviously hiding the 7th sword in the image. This can mean something's hidden from you that you need to find or seek out or whatever in order to do the thing or solve your problem. OR it can mean that someone or something is an active threat against you, keeping that watchful eye open and waiting for the right moment to hurt you. OR it can mean YOU'RE the fox, concealing your intentions from others for reasons (good or bad or neutral, I don't know the context of your reading), and this may be a good thing or a bad thing, I don't know, I don't know the context of the reading. OR, if you're like me and ask far too many questions when the cards are being chatty, it simply means "You're being annoying, we're not going to give you any more answers, at least on this subject, go do something else". OR it can mean something else ENTIRELY because I do not know the context of the reading this card showed up in.
And that's just a few possible UPRIGHT meanings of ONE card. The WHOLE DECK is like this. You have to be supremely careful how you read the cards to make sure you're getting it right. If they like you, they'll make the meanings more obvious. If they don't, best of luck to you, friend.
On the plus side, I can honestly say I've had better conversations with this deck than with some people.
I checked out websites like learn tarot, the tarot lady and biddy tarot to get a better grasp on what tarot was all about. The general theme was to let your intuition guide you. Don’t get caught up in what a card is “supposed” to mean, but what does it mean to you. So the fact that this deck is unique is nice coming from a beginner. I want to make my own connections with the cards.
The set is stunning, the book is beautiful and the pictures just speak to me and really get me thinking. Honestly I have no clue if what I’ve read and seen about tarot is right or wrong but to me personally I am so happy I bought this and would definitely recommend checking it out. The cardstock is also super nice and I don’t see this deck getting run down anytime soon!!
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This Tarot deck speaks from its own heart it seems, the answers it gives are very deep, real, sensitive, each time I need a final answer to something I know it will give it to me in a way that none of my other Tarot decks would. When I use it it feels as though I'm also travelling somehow, somewhere deeps down into the depths of a magical space...
The quality of the deck is very good, sturdy cards, the book is good as well, the texts are well written.
She doesn't include a "reverse" meaning, there's no need to as she explains every cards in a special way.
I don't use this deck reversed.
Overall excellent quality!
Absolutely in love!
The 'guidebook' is beautifully put together too, with descriptions done in a very sympathetic way to the cards themselves, ie pared down, evocative and dreamlike. So, again, if you need/want a wider, more 'in depth' and comprehensive understanding of the cards, read around to increase your knowledge whilst this deck helps you tap into and hone your own intuition and interpretation. I am a collector of decks (moon garden, ancient egyptian, Japanese, herb, everyday, wooden and even kawaii!) but this deck is my go too and my favourite of them all.
La presentación es de lujo. Banda de cuerpo entero con ilustraciones, que envuelve una caja de cartoné solida con cierre magnético, en la que vienen el libro de interpretaciones + más otra caja de cartoné aún más solida con el tarot en su interior. Ambas cajas, con cintas para ayudar a sacar libro y tarot con comodidad, y ambas en material de buena calidad, en negro laminado. Se marcan los dedos en el laminado, pero nada más que decir al embalaje.
El libro bien impreso, en tipografía estilo handmade, EN INGLÉS, con introducción de la autora, tiradas básicas y cometarios sobre los diferentes palos. Leí una opnión en que la impresión tenía algunos problemas de pixelación, no en el mío, la impresión es perfecta.
El tarot, en su propia caja para guardar a parte, si no quieres guardarlo dentro de la caja mayor con cierre, me ha producido sentimientos encontrados. Primero los Peros: Esperaba mucha más calidad en las cartas. Son de una cartulina algo fina, que se dobla algo al manejarlas, eso sí, laminada, como el resto, por ambas caras. Esto hace que el mazo sea algo más grueso que otros tarots y algo difícil de barajar para mi, que tengo las manos pequeñas. Además, las cartas se "enganchan" algo al barajar. Veremos el desgaste con el uso. La trasera no es lo más bonito del mundo, pero ya estoy acostumbrada a que sea una parte que no se cuida demasiado en los tarots, lo que me parece una pena.
Los Pros: Es un tarot de tipo chamánico, no descendiente de la Golden Dawn. El simbolismo es creación de la autora, lo que le hace perfecto para trabajos de meditación y mágicos, pero el trabajo interpretativo no podrá ser mediante la interpretación de los símbolos, sino a través del estudio del libro adjunto, lo que nunca me ha gustado: Al fin y al cabo, la magia del tarot es que sus significados ya subyacen en el inconsciente colectivo y con el trabajo personal adecuado, salen a la superficie sin tener que memorizar. Sin embargo, he de decir que los significados de la autora son sorprendentemente sencillos y acertados para su propia imaginería. Y la adivinación se hace muy profunda y acertada como un cuchillo. Comprendo su éxito.
Las cartas "oscuras" del tarot, como algunas de espadas, o la muerte, son especialmente oscuras y tenebrosas, lo que las hace muy indicadas para el trabajo con las sombras, una vez más, de corte chamánico o mágico. Si estás buscando un gran tarot para interpretación simbólica o para comenzar, éste no es el tuyo. Hay barajas mucho más acertadas en simbolismo incosciente y arquetípico que ésta.
La conclusión, bonito, lo disfrutaré. Más profundo de lo que esperaba. La campaña de marketing que ha hecho la editorial, llenando redes sociales con imagenes preciosas del tarot ha hecho su trabajo, desde luego. Y es que ésta baraja fotografía excepcionalmente bien. Está hecha para que los profesionales como yo postureemos en redes. El packaging, lo mismo, fabuloso. Las cartas en si, cortitas, me parece imperdonable que no hayan invertido en papel de mayor calidad! Las imágenes, poderosas, pero sin nada que ver con la tradición del tarot tal y cómo lo entendemos. Lo dicho, un regalito para disfrutar.
Updating my review! After a few weeks with this deck I've decided to remove a star. The more I learned about tarot the more I found this deck a pain to read with. The major arcana are pretty good but the minors are difficult without having much of a scene to read. Even knowing the meanings of some of the cards I still can't figure out how to get those meanings out of the pictures in the deck. I still think it's a great deck and I will get more use out of it eventually. But for now I bought another deck to learn with and this one has unfortunately been shelfed.
The gift box it comes in is very high quality, the printing on it is very beautiful and clear, and it keeps everything inside very neatly and presentable in a way that makes you actually want to keep the deck and book in there as opposed to throwing the box away.
Similarly, the cards and book have a high-quality print to them, showcasing the cards beautiful artwork in its full glory, I spent a lot of time just looking at the wonderful imagery of this deck.
The biggest downside of the deck is the thickness of the cards themselves, they do feel on the flimsy side when compared to my other deck, which does mean they do need to be treated a little more gingerly than you could usually handle a tarot deck.