A new deck has landed and I was hoping to get this post up sooner but I’ve been busy, ack! I received this deck last week by the always inspiring, Maris de la Peña, the mastermind behind Ciro Tarot and the Strange Lands Oracle. I was grateful to receive this deck early and was blown away when it arrived, it’s so unique!
The Persephone Tarot was inspired by Goddess Persephone and both Greek and Roman mythology. The Major Arcana has been renamed in themes of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, but the meaning behind the cards remain the same. While this deck still follows the RWS system, it is unique on its own. I’ve found that I read this deck very intuitively, the cards really paint a picture of their own!
The deck arrived with a tuck box, cloth printed bag (yay!), book, and the cards themselves. One thing that Marisa does very well is package her decks beautifully! They’re like opening a gift and I treasure that. Also, her illustration and art is one of my favorites! I’m a sucker for everything she creates, in fact she just released a new comic called the Four Mothers Vol. 1 – you can find that here!
The cards themselves are standard tarot deck size, so they fit in your hand perfectly like most RWS decks. The book is packed with info on regarding each card along with the black + white card illustrations. I love the book! It gives you a sneak peek into the world of Roman and Greek mythology. Even if you’ve never studied Roman and Greek mythology before, you will quickly learn the stories with this deck and love them. I feel like this would be a fantastic companion if you base your practice around the Roman/Greek pantheon as well! When I saw that Marisa added Demeter, I got extra excited! I’ve been working very closely with Demeter since the Lunar Eclipse, she presented herself as the asteroid Ceres in my birth chart, along with Vesta.
I’m in love with this deck! It shuffles like a dream and the card stock is really nice, it’s smooth and not glossy. I also really like the way this deck is set up, you can tell a lot of work went into the creation process! The entire deck is black with white illustrations except for one card, Cupid + Psyche (The Lovers), this card is white with black illustrations. I had a hard time pulling out my favorite cards to show, there really isn’t a card I don’t like! Also, this deck works perfectly with Marisa’s Strange Lands Oracle deck, the color oracle cards really pop and the illustrations blend really well.
You can find the Persephone Tarot up for pre-order HERE!
Ok, let’s check out how it reads with a deck interview! As always, I’m using a spread by Little Red Tarot. What can I say, it’s a great spread!
1. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTIC?
(5 of Swords) You like to stand out from the crowd and raise above the others! I was quickly drawn to that apple perched so perfectly on that center sword. While this is more of a “selfish” card in general, I just feel more pulled in the direction of being on top in a more positive way when reading this card right now.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A DECK?
(Queen of Cups) Your strengths are in compassion and love, you present yourself in a caring and more luring manor. I also feel you prefer to take a more gentle approach to the readings.
3. WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS AS A DECK?
(6 of Cups) As your limit, you tend to get caught up in things (distraction) and hung up on the old stories and moments. Duh, your based on mythology, of course you will get stuck in the past, it’s ok, I’ve got time to listen!
4. WHAT ARE YOU HERE TO TEACH ME?
(9 of Swords) Oooh, you’re here to teach me how to handle my fears. I really like this card in this position, fear can really be a hard thing to overcome and tarot is a great tool to use when working with it.
5. HOW CAN I BEST LEARN AND COLLABORATE WITH YOU?
(Page of Coins) Be open to learning and to all possibilities. In order to work with you, I must remain curious and question everything. There is more than meets the eye, I need to be willing to slow down and seek out.
6. WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL OUTCOME OF OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP?
(Page of Cups) Another Page, I love seeing court cards in a deck interview, it really gives more character to a deck and lets you slip on different shoes. The Page of Cups lets me know that “good changes are coming”, what a fantastic omen for this deck and I! I get a pure sense of excitement and wonder from this card. Lots of potential to come when working with this deck!