Lets talk tarot decks!
How many do you have?
Which ones do you use for tarot readings?
What’s your favourite I wonder?
I have many in my ever growing collection of tarot cards and I love most of them, but I do have my favourites.
So what constitutes a ‘favourite’ for you? For me, I am always drawn into the darker side, the decks which are somehow more blacker looking, their graphics strange, other worldly or alternative. But they all must have one thing in common – they must ‘speak’ to me, draw me in, make me want to handle and use them. This is key.
This ‘other worldliness’ can be seen perfectly in the tarot deck of Mary El Tarot.
This 78 card deck is illustrated with traditional oil paints and has a depth of symbolism that is both profound and, at times, startling The accompanying guide, Landscapes of the Abyss, takes the reader through the meanings of each card as you journey from the landscape of the Moon and the High Priestess, through the geometry of the temple and the Tree of Life, the Merkabah, and the caduceus.
There is a traditional aspect to the deck, in as much as the Major Arcana carries the ‘usual’ names ( Fool / Magician / Empress etc.) The suits of the Minor Arcana are named – Wands, Cups, Swords and Disks – replacing Pentacles.
Egyptology is obviously a key theme here. Many cards depict symbols pertaining to just that, but this deck equally reflects links to ancient tribes, our world ancestors. Here Chinese mythology mixes perfectly with Red Indian tribal aspects. The warrior King on the King of Swords card, could equally sit with Mongolian tribes too, the look is primal, other worldly and ancient.
The Mary El Tarot deck is not your traditional looking deck, and in this respect, may not suit a novice to tarot reading, but, if you can be guided by your intuition (naturally), you’ll see how these cards do indeed ‘speak to you’….every step of the way.
To read more about this beautiful deck go here.
*Credit – Photos all of Mary El Tarot deck