I never thought I would own a deck like this particularly because I didn't think there would be someone brave enough to translate their game experience into a workable deck of tarot cards. Think about it: Britt Hoyer from Pixel Perks has given us a visual translation of Zelda through her eyes, and modeled it after a traditional system so that we can still read with it. That's what I call a labor of love!
The cards are buttery and they fan out so easily. It feels like premium playing card stock to me. Actually, one quick Etsy browse answered my question: They are 2.75" x 4.75" (standard tarot size) and are printed on premium, 310gsm, casino-quality, cardstock plastic-coated with a linen finish. The deck comes shrink-wrapped in a hand-folded box.
When I compare these cards to cards that I own, they are pretty much the same size as my Joie de Vivre, which makes them standard sized tarot cards, although the card stock is superb. They shuffle very easily, and fan out without any clumps. They fit comfortably in anyone's hands.
I love that while I am handling these cards, I have songs from the game looping in my head. Not only that, I get random tunes too. Many decks have provided me with visual experiences or even an ambiance to project to, but I've never had a clairaudient experience from a tarot deck before. I have to say I quite like it. It adds another layer to my readings!
Let's see what the cards have to say for themselves:
♡ What is your most important characteristic?
The Tower. Knocking down notions that no longer serve, or perspectives that won't help you with this deck. This deck wants to be seen as a manifestation of its own, taken into account for its own merit in fortune telling. It'll re-establish concepts according to the interaction between its cards, and won't account for other decks. It beseeches a fresh new start.
♡ What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Judgment. I love that the angel is playing the ocarina, because I can infer from this card that the music played is a divine manifestation, and a divine source of message. It is pointing out also that it will bring light to matters that up until now lie unearthed. It is a deck that will bring out things you haven't considered before in a call to action. I feel there will be many sitters set straight with this deck. Very nice! Proactive!
♡ What are your limits?
Page of Bottles. The deck is new to my collection and new to the lives of many readers, which can make it seem like there is inexperience around. However, do not mistake the sensibility of new work for lack of strength. There will be a chance for this deck to make its way to more seasoned readers once they see the value of the deck.
It is also suggesting to me that it must be approached with an open heart. Leave defense mechanisms for another day. If you're not open, you might not receive the message that is meant for you. Take note!
♡ What are you here to teach me?
Four of Rupees. You have enough. Don't limit yourself, don't stay in the comfort zone. If you remain happy while you are boxed in, you won't have a chance to expand and to explore. This is a valuable lesson in not resting on your laurels and learning that you must invest faith and time if you wish to get something in return.
♡ How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Six of Rupees. Quite literal answer. You will learn by giving, and you get as much as you give. This is an energetic exchange that can merit great rewards or very little. More than anything, it offers help when you need it. Whenever you want support and don't know where to turn, chances are that you can turn to this tarot deck.
♡ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Two of Swords. We have two very different ways of thinking and perceiving in terms of ideology and experience, but a truce between both can prove to be formidable. Some information will be held back until the right time, until you are seasoned enough to really understand the nuances of the deck.
♡ Which card do you want to show off?
The High Pristess. See, she sits enthroned before the columns of light and dark, good and evil. She floats before the gel with piercing eyes that see past all that is there. I love that the Moon is portrayed on a shield she keeps to her side. Her gift is her protection from the world, and she uses it as well as other really lovely amulets I see on her character design. This card is one of intuition that is harnessed to fit a purpose, and to me that is exactly what this deck offers. Knowledge.
♡ How do you see me?
The Hermit. This answer made me laugh a little, because it's true. I have taken to telling people that I would rather spend time with my tarot cards than socializing. I know he's just floating around in the game graveyards, where you unearth the tombs and beat some zombies or get treasure. I do relate with him, though. He's pretty disconnected from the rest of the village, and he has a very specific purpose in keeping secrets. I like that he follows the light of his lamp, meaning he makes his own path… and he could move, but he stays there. Suddenly I find myself inexplicably a lot like this often overlooked video game character!
♡ How do you see yourself?
King of Swords. Serious, stern and analytical. You don't mess with this deck! It is manifesting a very strong personality, and will tell things in a straightforward way. If you're not ready, you may be bruised by the reality that is manifested by you. In other words, don't expect this tarot deck to sugarcoat your life for you. It's going to deliver a serious message.
After having read with them, it reads like a tarot deck should. It works just the same, and since the illustrations are themed, they provide an additional layer of interpretation for those who seek it. I personally appreciate that, because it is in the nuances that I find a personal connection with my cards. These have something to say, and once you get used to the manner in which they connect to form a story, you're going to have lots of material to work with.
It didn't take me very long to adjust to the tone of the cards at all. I string stories together with ease. I would, however, like to spend more time reading with them on my blog. They're just begging to be used!
All the readings I have used them on for clients have given me Aha! moments. Would you like your own copy? I suggest you get one. Why don't you head on over to PixelPerks on Etsy and get yourself deck? You won't be sorry!