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The Lost Tarot: Major Arcana | Unboxing + First Impressions - Deck Reviews

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The Lost Tarot by Hansjurgen Bauer with companion guide by Carly Fischer (HJB Studio, 2017), is a limited edition Major Arcana tarot deck and truly a world of it's own. A fictitious historical background was created just for this deck by it's author. I really think this is a nice touch and allows you to step into a new world, the world of The Lost Tarot. Per Bauer, the fictitious premise of how this deck came into existence is this:

"The deck being the brainchild of an English wool merchant, William Bradford, whose chance encounter with Leonard da Vinci on the Continent resulted in the purchase of a design for an optical device (the first camera), leading to the making of the first known photographs, i.e., The Lost Tarot, how in 1994 the deck was discovered buried in a farmer’s field near Nottingham, England, and how the use of digital tools allowed for its restoration." 

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The deck is carefully wrapped and comes with a Testamentum from this fictitious William Bradford to help add a deeper element of this world creation. I love that it has an old and weathered feel to it, but I found it a little hard to read to be honest. I hope that if another edition is printed, they make it a little easier on the eyes. 

 

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The companion guide is nicely written and breaks down symbolism in the deck as well as offers archetypes, key words, and an affirmation for each Major Arcana card. The Four Aces however, do not include archetypes and an affirmation for each card. 

 

 

Here are a few of my favorite images from the Major's

Favorite Major Arcana cards from The Lost Tarot

 

The Four Aces are my favorite of all. They really are quite beautifully done.

The Four Aces from The Lost Tarot

 

My Overall Thoughts & Impressions

The card stock is of decent quality although the cards themselves due to their length may be difficult to manage for small hands. I was a bit confused as to why the deck box wasn't wrapped in plastic upon taking it out of the mail envelope as most decks traditionally are, but I do enjoy the fact that the deck does include a wax stamp on the front cover. It adds a very nice touch to the medieval feel of the deck. 

I do find some of the imagery to be striking and thoughtful while a few others I find that I don't resonate with and find to be a bit messy or cartoonish like The Magus and The Devil. Who do I think this deck would be good for? I would recommend this deck if you are really into world creation, the medieval period, renaissance fairs, and falling into the fictitious myth surrounding the deck's creation. I suppose that this would be a great way for you to bond with it. I appreciate the time and effort it took the creator to do this and the extra touches like the wax seal and the Testamentum.  

As this is my first Major's only deck, I feel that I personally as a reader need more.  Some images flow well together, while I feel a few are out of place or aren't fully cohesive with the rest of the deck. I could definitely get a better feel from it if the other 52 cards were present. It is not my preferred style of artwork, so I feel that my personal taste has something to do with it as well. For my personal tastes, I would definitely like to see more of a universal flow with the imagery if a full deck is created.

 

xo Ariel

Spiritsong Tarot Deck Interview & Unboxing

Here is the Spiritsong Tarot!

I have found a gorgeous new tarot deck and my fingers are itching to work with it! As some of you know, I am quite picky when it comes to tarot decks so I am over the moon to have found a tarot deck that resonates with me.

Spiritsong Tarot was created by Paulina Cassidy and was published by U.S. Game Systems, Inc., in 2017. 

In this deck interview, I get to know the latest whimsical edition to my collection quite a bit! I also have a link to my unboxing of this deck where you can watch in real time as I unwrap this baby, examine the card stock, explore the guidebook, and drool at the artwork. You can find the video at the end of this blog post. 

In this deck, the four suits are represented by symbols associated with that suit that can be found in nature. I don't mind the name changes of the suits and find them quite fitting. 

Spiritsong Tarot The Ace's - Four Suits | Maven Unmasked
  • Acorns = Fire/Wands
  • Feathers = Air/Swords
  • Shells = Water/Cups
  • Crystals = Earth/Pentacles

I also love the fact that the Suit of Feathers isn't all birds or that the Suit of Shells isn't all sea dwellers. There is a wide variety of creatures represented in this deck. The animals depicted on the cards do not necessarily belong to the elemental suit of the card they represent. 

Are you ready to get to know Spiritsong Tarot? I sure am!

Spiritsong Tarot Deck Interview - Maven Unmasked

DECK INTERVIEW SPREAD

  1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
  2. What are your strengths as a deck?
  3. What are your limits as a deck?
  4. What are you here to teach me?
  5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
  6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Here are the cards I received...

1. Knight of Feathers | Action & Focus

This deck is a talker! It likes to work and may be blunt in it's delivery. It's main goal is bringing a plan of focused action to the table. Let's put on our thinking caps! 

2. Eight of Feathers | Courage & Solutions

This deck is helpful for determining how to best pull out my inner strength. It can help me to develop a better send of self-confidence - hellloooo solar plexus chakra! It loves to come up with empowering solutions to tough problems. Sometimes even the smallest solution can be a powerful one. It sees the little details I may miss when I'm in panic mode or feeling small. 

3. Awakening | Renewal & Enlightenment

This deck is not for answering questions pertaining to spiritual development and awakening. It is better suited for aspects of the physical realm like relationships, health, abundance, creative endeavors, intellectual pursuits, or decision making. This is not the deck when you're looking for respite or spiritual revival. Spiritsong Tarot wants to get things done! 

4. Seven of Feathers | Preparation & Resourcefulness

Expect the unexpected. Have a Plan A, B, C, D, E, & F. Know and be respectful of your limitations. Know when someone is incapable of being something that you need. Be your own best support. 

5. The Moon | Imagination & Perception

The best way for me to collaborate with this deck is when trying to see through illusions or any fantastical ideals that I have built up in my head around situations. This deck is a reality check, a dose of intuitive wisdom. It wants me to open my mind, play with my imagination, but still have the awareness for when a shift to a higher perspective is needed. 

6. Five of Acorns | Challenge & Growth

This deck wants to challenge me in every aspect of my growth and who I am. It wants me to take my power back. To roar confidently with a voice so strong that the quiet leaves begin to tremble. I happily accept your challenge Spiritsong Tarot! 

 

If you want to see more of the cards, here's my Spiritsong Tarot Unboxing video on YouTube!

 

Do you work with this deck? What have your experiences been with it?

HAPPY SHUFFLING!

XO ARIEL

 

Everyday Witch Tarot | Deck Review + Interview

Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake with art by Elisabeth Alba was published by Llewellyn Publications in 2017.

Here are my thoughts and first impressions of this deck as well as some of my favorite cards and a deck interview!

 

the box

I love the box the deck comes in. Nice, strong, and sturdy! You can definitely keep your deck in it without worry of it being damaged. The side of the box is magnetized for easy and secure opening and closing. I like the images from the deck they chose for the box and guidebook which are that of the Judgment card and The High Priestess. 

 

The guidebook

I am really digging the guidebook! It is in full color with nice glossy pages! It is 252 pages long and includes the authors version of the Celtic Cross tarot spread, card images, cards meanings complete with a section for each card called "Things to Consider," and comes with space for Notes alongside each card interpretation which I thought was a great addition. Great job on the guidebook! The only thing I would have liked to see is perhaps an "Everyday Witch Tarot Spread". 

 

the cards

Tucked away, safe and sound. 

Tucked away, safe and sound. 

I think the back of the deck is pretty cute! 

I think the back of the deck is pretty cute! 

 

Cardstock...but why??

But why Llewellyn?

You went all out for a banging box and guidebook but went super cheap on the card stock! Why? Ugh...it is pretty flimsy. If you have the Green Witch Tarot, the card stock is pretty similar, but I think Everyday Witch's may be a tad bit more thin. Everyday Witch Tarot however, takes the cake on the box. (My Green Witch Tarot box is pretty much destroyed). 

I normally don't complain about card stock too much and I love a deck that can give me a good riffle shuffle without having to work it too hard, but this is a bit comical. I feel that these would bend and crease very easily. I'm honestly afraid to give them a rifle shuffle. Considering it is my only gripe with the deck, it is something I am willing to overlook however, next edition - please get better card stock! 

 

Here are some of my favorite cards in the deck

    Temperance  - I love how this depiction of Temperance really says to me, "Everything in moderation, whether it be sweets or social media."    The Lovers  - This image of The Lovers talks to me about how powerful manifesting and ritual can be with both a male and female party. I have only done ceremony with a male friend a few times however, I could feel a different type of power behind it! There is much magic in joining the divine masculine and the divine feminine in your workings.    The High Priestess  - Tarot cards, runes, books, and a crystal ball. Need I say more?   Three of Swords  - Dear Diary. Your first break up or realizing your crush is not that into you. This card really takes me there.   Six of Pentacles  - This Six of Pentacles for me is about knowing what each person needs. Everyone is different. Tune in to that energy.   The Devil  - Temptation is sweet, but do you know what you're really in for? This image of The Devil almost reminds me of Hanzel and Gretel or The Little Mermaid when she sacrifices her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs.   King of Wands  - I love how this makes me think of the King of Wands a bit differently. A strategist, a planner, a military commander - a worldly man with a plan!   Nine of Swords  - This Nine of Swords takes me back to studying for a big final exam and feeling overwhelmed. Like reading the text but not fully comprehending or absorbing what you're reading.    

 

Temperance - I love how this depiction of Temperance really says to me, "Everything in moderation, whether it be sweets or social media." 

The Lovers - This image of The Lovers talks to me about how powerful manifesting and ritual can be with both a male and female party. I have only done ceremony with a male friend a few times however, I could feel a different type of power behind it! There is much magic in joining the divine masculine and the divine feminine in your workings. 

The High Priestess - Tarot cards, runes, books, and a crystal ball. Need I say more?

Three of Swords - Dear Diary. Your first break up or realizing your crush is not that into you. This card really takes me there.

Six of Pentacles - This Six of Pentacles for me is about knowing what each person needs. Everyone is different. Tune in to that energy.

The Devil - Temptation is sweet, but do you know what you're really in for? This image of The Devil almost reminds me of Hanzel and Gretel or The Little Mermaid when she sacrifices her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs.

King of Wands - I love how this makes me think of the King of Wands a bit differently. A strategist, a planner, a military commander - a worldly man with a plan!

Nine of Swords - This Nine of Swords takes me back to studying for a big final exam and feeling overwhelmed. Like reading the text but not fully comprehending or absorbing what you're reading. 

 

everyday witch tarot deck interview

I love using this Deck Interview Tarot Spread by Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot. You can read her original blog post here

    1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?    The Fool  - It is a young, fresh, and fun deck. Its definitely not afraid to go out on a limb and take a leap of faith!    2. What are your strengths as a deck?    The Lovers -  I think it would be a good deck to use in magical workings and love readings. It also joins the divine masculine and the divine feminine in a beautifully balanced way.    3. What are your limits as a deck?    Knight of Cups -  It tends to be pretty optimistic and follows its heart. Focusing on love, feeling, emotion, and flying high - not necessarily unforeseen risk or danger.    4. What are you here to teach me?    The Hermit -  How to be meditative, rely on myself, and listen to my inner wisdom.    5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?    Two of Swords -  This really feels like having blind faith and trust. Tune out the world and come within and to Spirit for direction, guidance, or instruction.   6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?    Ace of Cups  -   A new relationship (perhaps of even a spiritual nature) that is overflowing with love and creative energy!   7.  I also pulled an additional card for this interview with no set position or question attached to it. The card I received was the  Six of Cups . Childhood memories and nostalgia. This deck definitely takes me to that place. Maybe that is why I like it so much!

 

1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

The Fool - It is a young, fresh, and fun deck. Its definitely not afraid to go out on a limb and take a leap of faith! 

2. What are your strengths as a deck?

The Lovers - I think it would be a good deck to use in magical workings and love readings. It also joins the divine masculine and the divine feminine in a beautifully balanced way. 

3. What are your limits as a deck?

Knight of Cups - It tends to be pretty optimistic and follows its heart. Focusing on love, feeling, emotion, and flying high - not necessarily unforeseen risk or danger. 

4. What are you here to teach me?

The Hermit - How to be meditative, rely on myself, and listen to my inner wisdom. 

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Two of Swords - This really feels like having blind faith and trust. Tune out the world and come within and to Spirit for direction, guidance, or instruction.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Ace of Cups - A new relationship (perhaps of even a spiritual nature) that is overflowing with love and creative energy!

7. I also pulled an additional card for this interview with no set position or question attached to it. The card I received was the Six of Cups. Childhood memories and nostalgia. This deck definitely takes me to that place. Maybe that is why I like it so much!

 

Final thoughts...

Here are my final thoughts. All in all, I really like Everyday Witch Tarot. I think it's a good deck for someone new to tarot, of a younger age, or is very in touch with their inner child. I also think it may pack a powerful punch when you least expect it. I used it after spending time at my altar and it was pretty spot on! It will also hammer away at a message it needs to get across. It's a fun, sweet, and colorful deck that is very much in the RWS (Rider-Waite Smith) style that comes with a great box and guidebook. If the flimsy card stock isn't too much of an issue for you, I would give it a try!

Happy Shuffling,

xo Ariel