When I look into this tarot, I am transported back in time to about 430 BC. I see myself walking through a temple with hand painted stories on the columns of past legacies that influence the present time, back then. Torches are lit and cast an eerie glow on the place, and now and then the gold leaf on the walls will reflect back at me. Colors, shapes and whispers. Messages shedding light!
The experience with this deck does not feel like every day tarot to me. I feel as if I am presented with some descriptive tableau of another time, giving me advice relevant to my life or that of my Querent. It comes from experience, and the experiences were very different from today’s reality. It is as if we all went back in time to ask the Ancient Egyptian elders to lend us their wisdom.
All of the cards have an abundance of gold leaf and shine wonderfully under a light at night. I would have loved to see more context in the illustrations, such as in the Moon card, which is my favorite in this deck. I get a detached sense of from the deck, the figures seem to be floating in a gleaming afterlife. Still, it means these events can take place anywhere. They are detached from the mundane world, depicted in a high resonance halo and completely immersed in an alternate state of existence. Suspended in a divine realm, the gold leaf glow feels transcendental. A peek into divinity as those in this time period experience it. A divine connection to the past!
This is a serious, somber deck. Given the culture it illustrates and the type of illustrations it uses, you spend much of your time facing life and death, and particularly moments in death. There is no chance that the original illustrators of these cards are still alive, and that leaves a pretty big impression on me. Death is looming over us pretty often, and is a subject I struggle with but work with often in my personal life. I’ve always had a bit of an unhealthy obsession with it. When I look into these cards, I feel intimidated by the looming spectra of death. It’s hauntingly beautiful!
It took me a while to warm up to this deck. I lost my first copy and happened to have a backup. I went in and blackened the edges myself, which was an instant upgrade for the deck. They look more sleek and beautiful in my opinion! The cards fan out easily and the deck is of a convenient size. You can't go wrong with this one!
If you read Rider-Waite Smith, no problem. These illustrations echo the RWS tradition. All you really need to do is look into the mirror in front of you presented in the form of a card tableau. Not long after that, these cards will sing. You can feel the warm presence of the ancients giving you sound advice for your life.
♡ What is your most important characteristic?
The Magician. This man does not look like he is from this world; his skin is blue. Then again, this deck houses the souls of those who are no longer with us. A tool of spirit divination stretches a link from now to then. Which time period you choose to delve in is entirely up to you. This deck is like a time machine.
♡ What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Three of Cups. Even through the weirdness, it’ll provide a good way to connect with others and to commune with spirit. Rejoice in the messages contained within, this is a tool to bring people together. To unify is my goal.
♡ What are your limits?
The Devil. Some won’t be able to get past looks. Some get caught up in limitations that are self-imposed. If someone has that mentality and is stuck in it, it is because they choose to be. I am of the belief that freedom is earned. [Strong!]
♡ What are you here to teach me?
King of Swords. I am here to teach you to speak up for yourself. Disregard the thoughts that don’t bring you progress, and cut through to the truth of the matter every time. It will save you time and earn you respect from others.
♡ How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Ten of Cups. Embrace the offerings from the afterlife to live a fruitful life. Enjoy your blessings, you’re only around for so long. After that, what you leave is your memory.
♡ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Eight of Cups. An oasis, a refreshing place to come to and open your eyes to a new truth. When you submerge yourself in the waters of intuition, you leave behind pre-established structures that you have created over the years that no longer serve.
♡ Which card do you want to show off?
Queen of Swords. Where there is male, there will be also female. This is a balance we entertain, and from what you are fought you will find there is not only brute strength. Logic, wisdom and clear thinking are your best assets, tools you can use.
♡ How do you see me?
Ten of Coins. I see in you a pupil that is ready to accept gifts from the afterlife, tools to better improve your life. You have amassed a vast collection, and with it you will open portals for others to find their greater truths. You are guardian of a portal, and need to honor it.
♡ How do you see yourself?
Ace of Cups. I nurture, and I offer you access to the mysteries of the universe. The cosmic universe has a lot to teach you, and depending on the choices you make, you will succeed in opening yourself up to those teachings.
I think that this is an advanced tarot deck. I wouldn’t recommend this for first time users, but I do strongly recommend it for all those of you who want something beautiful and impressive to put on your reading table. A nice spread cloth, crystals and candles are mandatory to set the mood with this deck. Don’t forget the incense!