The Golden Thread Tarot is the loving creation of Tina Gong. From my understanding, it was birthed from daily draw cards. At the end of the day she would sketch the card and add elements to it that were personal to her. It took an impressive “few months to make.” I’ve been working on my deck for over three years now! Tina is an artist, though. A designer in practice and her illustration work is real strong! Let’s just chalk it up to: I enjoy her work.
Thumbing through the cards reveals many pleasant surprises. The illustrations are very tasteful and they are actually elegant. I appreciate full nudity because even if it is just one card, it makes a difference. Tarot decks tend to shy away from male sexuality, so seeing it here in a tasteful way is also very refreshing.
The illustration style is in highly stylized vector. There is a lot of detail in the cards for such linear style of illustration, and the shapes do suggest movement and light. The deck was done with mastery of icon work and general understanding of harmonious proportions and stylization that makes design work so appealing in the first place. This would be the go-to deck to recommend to your nearest and dearest Graphic Designer.
From the very first time I saw a photo of the cards laid out, I absolutely had to have them and could not at all fathom having them hovering around in a wishlist. It was an instant purchase of two decks. No dilly-dallying; I know what I like! The card stock is thin and crunchy, it is so delightful to shuffle. The deck fans out real easily. They reflect gold shine back onto my face and I feel like I’m handling something really very special. Luxurious, even.
♡ What is your most important characteristic?
Ten of Cups. The joy of working with this deck is great when you feel like things in your life achieve a good balance. Working with this deck could very well make you happy. There is a stacking of success that comes with the increment of blessings that comes with realizing what you had.
♡ What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
King of Wands. Use of these cards will fuel your passion for divination and tarot. It is meant to inspire and to set foundation for an exciting journey. When you listen to your intuition the way this deck encourages you to, your cards will sing. It is all dependent on how you set your mood and how you ground yourself for a delightful experience.
♡ What are your limits?
Five of Wands. There are limitations to any relationship. If you are in conflict or in high stress, try to calm yourself first before approaching a reading. I would agree that being in an altered state can sometimes cause misunderstanding from the message being sent to the one that is received. For an open path, wait for things to clear before you sit down to seek answers.
♡ What are you here to teach me?
Four of Coins. The lessons that are going to be taught are those of self-control and balance. Try not to allow yourself to be seduced by extremes. Instead hang onto what you have until it feels more prudent to invest in yourself or in your responsibilities. Understand that there is a time for everything.
♡ How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Queen of Swords. Let your intuition be your sword, and allow your thoughts to come to you and form judgments with unmistakable clarity. It is all reliant on your perception and how you choose to express your ideas. Don’t doubt anything, simply allow yourself to understand and to accept. You will begin to express yourself with more and more clarity. There is growth in that.
♡ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Six of Swords. Change is good. There is a journey we all embark on the moment we decide to become diviners, to bond with our decks. What we most need is to release the comfortable to allow ourselves to be swept along by the current that our lives want us to go through in order to attain experience and wisdom. It’s all part of the process. The most value lies in how you approach your final destination.
♡ Which card do you want to show off?
Six of Wands. There are some ventures away from the traditional Rider-Waite Smith compositions. There is also a great sense of pride and celebration for being different. There is beauty in what makes this deck unique, and clearly there is also pride for the accomplishment of the project present. A job well done!
♡ How do you see me?
Page of Wands. As an eager student, one who draws the energy from within to help spread it back out into the world. Someone of young spirit and willingness to yield to the surprises that life has in store. The adventurer.
♡ How do you see yourself?
High Priestess. Sharp intellect and even sharper sight. There are so many secrets contained therein that are willingly shared with those who will listen. There is much wisdom to be passed around.
Great interview! I really enjoyed the personality of this deck.
Because of the fact I have been using the Mythic Tarot lately, which has similar backs, I feel like I tied to this deck more quickly. It’s really a step up above mass market decks. I LOVE the fact that it is self-published and would like to remind you that it is up to us to endorse the talent of artists who brave the self-published path. Support this project and get yourself a copy! You will not regret it at all. To get your own copy, please go here.