I recently picked up two new Tarot decks, Night Sun Tarot and Paulina Tarot, available at Amazon for a little less that $20 each. I’ll be reviewing them together because I bought them for similar reasons.
Minor Arcana is super detailed. I know they don’t have to be, but I just see decks with literally four swords and nothing else as very boring. Tarot cards have the potential to be 78 little pocket sized master pieces, as the minor arcana are in these two decks. Both have lots of detail that draw you into the symbolism of the card and lends to the experience of reading the cards. Fabio Listraniseems to have used every reference remotely related to the Tarot to pump each card to the border with symbolism. Paulina Cassidy worked on her deck for a year and a half, completely immersing herself in the world of tarot. It’s things like that that really make me appreciate my decks. Her deck is splendid work of art and the time spent on each card shows proudly.
Both use the Rider Waite Tarot as a strong reference for imagery. Which makes these decks good for beginners who may or may not connect with original artwork. I certainly don’t, and my Tarot of the Silicon Dawn deck while lovely and my ultimate favorite, doesn’t follow the standard definitions of Tarot. Mind you, the Rider Waite is hardly their only reference so I see both decks as inviting to the other roots of Tarot.
The LWB (Little White Books) sort of explain why they chose the imagery they did. Or at least the Paulina Tarot does. With the Night Sun deck, it’s more about interpretation from keywords, listing both traditional upright and reversed meanings, as well as questions for the Major Arcana. I would say the Paulina Tarot is good for beginners, and the Night Sun for the next level up.
I chose these decks for their contrast to each other. The Night Sun features sharp lines and bold colors, as well as a more realistic art style with, I believe, dark themes. It does feature some nudity, which may or may not be a deal breaker for some people. The nudity is not pornographic and does not detract from the level of the work that went into this deck. The Paulina Tarot appealed to my Wonderland nature with its watercolor artwork, but there is a certain weight to it. I contemplated getting Shadowscapes or Joie de Vivre, but Paulina doesn’t have a blank space or a simplistic design in any of the cards. It feels each card truly carries a story in it and it become so worth the money for that. I feel like they’re very powerful decks in because the artists had a very strong sense of what they wanted to achieve. Neither are gimmicky or so forced to follow a theme they lose some of the value. They are both cheaper than the average deck at the moment. There are also wonderful reviews for both on Aeclectic.net for Night Sun and Paulina Tarot.
Until next time,
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