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Coffee with the Marshmallow Marseille

Coffee with the Marshmallow Marseille

As promised, a little “first glance review” of the Marshmallow Marseille Tarot! Already, I love this deck! I’ve had about a week to play around with it and this was the deck that launched my card study with the Tarot de Marseille (although I’ve been using the Noblet more right now). I mentioned earlier on the blog that I’m falling hard for the TdM and this deck is making it easy to fall even more in love with the system.

If you are interested in the differences between the RWS and TdM, check out the post that Benebell Wen did on the tarot decks. The main struggle with learning the TdM system is unlearning the RWS system (or other systems you are accustomed to) and coming to the Tarot de Marseille with a beginners mind and clean slate. After reading with only RWS decks for the past 5 years, I can see how this can be hard to do but I feel it’s been fairly easy so far. It’s been a fun learning curve and challenge for sure!

Anyways, on to the Marshmallow Marseille! A few have asked me if the deck is in alignment with more traditional decks like the Conver for instance. This deck looks more like a recolored Lombardische deck to me and I’m very happy with that! The cards themselves are poker size, another thing I love about this deck since I’m a fan of the Spirit Speak tarot and that too is poker sized.

The cards have passed my picky shuffle “test” and does well. The cards feel amazing, like a satin finish and the glide easily. The card stock is a great thickness – not to thick and not too thin, there is some bend still to the cards like I prefer.

The box was pretty interesting as far as how it was assembled, I haven’t seen a box like this one before. I don’t use boxes for the most part so I don’t normally care how they are made really, just thought it was neat. It’s also a sweet color of pink and I love the handwritten font on the box.

This deck does not come with a book and I knew about this ahead of time so it wasn’t a big deal for me. I’m currently reading a book by Yoav Ben-Dov called Tarot – The Open Reading and it’s excellent! However, I’m trying not to let the book influence my own interpretations with the cards so right now I’m writing down my own thoughts on the card first and foremost, but I’m enjoying reading about the cards themselves and their history. The symbolism in each card is really interesting!

The colors in this deck are stunning! Not overly cute but just cute enough to keep me happy and on a sugar rush. I have never been very traditional in anything I do and I like my decks to reflect that as well, though I am loving the traditional looking decks lately like the Noblet and CBD Tarot (which is high on my wishlist).


I’m doing something a little different with my TdM deck interview readings and not sticking to the standard “deck interview” spread – I just went with a three card cut and let the cards do the talking!

Queen of Cups + Ace of Cups + 8 of Cups

Can we get anymore cups on the table?! This reading is already making my thirsty… good thing I just poured myself some iced coffee before I sat down with these cards. I get it, your a smooth talker and a better lover. You carry your heart out on your sleeve and offer it to anyone willing to take it, it’s just how you roll. Showing the picture by amplification is so that you don’t have to say something twice, you want it all on the table with nothing to hide and for it be seen clearly, no questions asked.

In the 8 of Cups, I see a great opportunity to network and connect with other like minded people, so branching out and getting involved with others could be a keen idea! This card also suggests to me that it likes order over chaos, patterns matter so follow them and see where they lead… everything is connected and everything is a sign!

I love how the Queen of Cups has her back turned to the Ace of Cups as if she would rather hand me the cup instead of me having to get it myself, this tells me that the deck is polite and likes to please.

* So many cups! *

Coffee with the Creatures of the Moon Deck

Coffee with the Creatures of the Moon Deck

Wednesday was the official “stock-the-mail-because-there-is-a-deck-out-for-delivery” type of day. Naturally, the mail always arrives way late on the days that I have a package coming, it’s a conspiracy I tell you! Anyways, a new deck landed in my hands and I’m madly in love… I know, I say that about all the decks that I get, but this time… I really, really mean it!

The deck I received is the Creatures of the Moon by Rebecca Schoenecker (AKA Laughing Eye Weeping Eye). It’s a double-sided 32-card deck (64-card images in total) that mixes the lore of the Moon and Creature totems, as well as numerology and storytelling. It’s packed with stories, divination, Moon info, and so much more. The deck comes with a 308 page book that is loaded, this deck has so many facets to it and I love it!

I’m for sure more of a tarot reader than oracle reader but when the right oracle deck sparks my interest, I tend to trust my instinct and buy it. The only other oracle decks I currently own and use is my own Seed Oracle (I’m still working on getting this deck printed) and the Iris Oracle by Mary Elizabeth Evans. I recently sold my Animal Spirit oracle deck since I just couldn’t get into it, despite the gorgeous artwork. I’m also currently letting go of the Wild Unknown tarot copy I have as well for the same reasons.

Back to this deck, I get distracted way too easy! So this post is part review and part “first glance” impressions, I don’t want to go too heavy into a review since I haven’t had time to work with the deck fully yet but spoil alert: I LOVE THIS DECK!

The Box

Love the box! I’m not normally a box lover in general, I usually put my decks in their own bag, but I loved the box for some reason. It’s a nice sturdy, black matte box with silver font and image of the Creature Bast on the front from the Triple Moon card. The cards are snug in the box, but with room so they are jumbled in there at all.

The Book

I mentioned above that the book is cram packed with info, but it’s not cluttered, it was put together in a very clean way. The book is very easy to read and understand, it’s also aesthetically pleasing and full color. There are sections about each card side called the Creature-side and the Moon-side, info about the Moon and phases, Goddess aspects, spreads, tips with working with the deck, stories, timing, and so much more! I was pretty shocked, in a good way! ou can truly tell how much time and effort went into making this deck just perfect.

The Cards

I’m really picky with how a deck shuffles and this passed my test! It riffle shuffles well and side shuffles like a dream. The cards are a satin matte, about the size of most oracle cards and fit nicely in my hand. There are 32-cards but a total of 64-cards images since they are double sided, so it’s like getting two decks in one! The Moon side features all the phases of the Moon, symbols that relate to each Goddess aspect (Maiden, Mother, Crone, and Enchantress), plus two extra moon cards (Lunar Eclipse and Triple Moon). The Creature side of the deck are Creature totems that feature the moon title, a keyword, and the moon phase relating to the creature. Within the deck are element cards as well!

I used this deck the other morning with my daily tarot pull and decided to use the First Quarter Moon card as an intentional card to mirror the moon at that time. It paired up lovely with my Spirit Speak tarot and I plan to use it often with tarot pairing, curious to see how it pairs up with my Pagan Otherworlds tarot!

I also had a chance to play with some spreads in the book, I tried out both Moon spreads and was pleasantly surprised with the readings. They were extremely spot on and I rarely get a strong reading like that with oracle decks, usually it’s just little “you can do it” messages but this deck actually showed some layers and called me out on some of my current struggles. There are many ways to read the info from each card, whether it’s time, numerology, moon phase, stories, Goddess aspects, environments, etc. Literally no wrong way to go about these cards, you can take what you want and leave the rest or use it all.

Would I recommend this deck? YES! I highly recommend this deck to anyone curious about the Moon or works with the Moon on a daily basis like I do. This deck adds flavor to tarot readings and as stand alone deck by itself. I tried to find cards in the deck that I didn’t resonate with and honestly, I couldn’t find any at all. I love them all! This deck really makes me regret letting go of my Laughing Eye Weeping Eye tarot deck, badly. I would love to use both decks together! I sold that deck a couple years back and have no idea why I did that, now I want to order it again… will have to wait till finances open up, lol!


Using my favorite deck interview spread from Little Red Tarot, I grabbed some iced coffee… with almond Pumpkin Spice creamer (so good) and got shuffling! Here is what the deck had to say!

I decided to focus on the Creature side of this deck for the sake of keeping this reading somewhat short. I only touched based on the face value of each card and a few notes of the numerology here and there. There is just so much info I can pull from each card, I didn’t want to write a novel for this post lol!

✖︎ Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? Transition/Goose

First off, I love this card! It just has a warm feeling to it and really feels like Fall to me. This card is suggesting to me that this deck is one of opportunity and personal growth. It’s all about allowing natural rhythms to take place and let them flow without resisting or blocking. From a numerology aspect, the card number 10 relates to an ending of a cycle and the position to begin something new. Applying that to this position, it tells me that this is a deck of new opportunity in learning, it’s a fresh new adventure and I’m excited!

✖︎ What are your strengths as a deck? Reflection/Sloth 

This card has been popping up in every reading I’ve done so far and I love that this card showed up in this position, it’s all about reflection, observing, and taking your time. The strength this deck has is about stopping to smell the roses, this is a deck that wants you to truly see what is going on and take your time with it. There is no rush involved when reading with this deck, it urges you to take a moment and really dive into the cards to see all aspects it has to offer. This card is associated with number 4, this is a card of stability and I think this fits very well with the strengths this deck has! This is a deck of structure and I feel like it’s very grounding.

✖︎ What are your limits as a deck? Union/Koi 

I always tend to read this question/position like an RX card and since this is a card normally associated with unity and harmony, I feel like the limits are that this deck would prefer to be used as a stand alone deck and not mix with other decks often. Looking at this card intuitively, the fish in the water remind me of the Cups suit in tarot… it’s all about emotions and our bond with others. Taking that into consideration, perhaps this deck wants me to leave all attachment to the side and dive in with an open mind and heart.

✖︎ What are you hear to teach me? Courage/Snake

Courage, but most importantly, coming out of my skin! This is something I need in areas of my life, one being that I really want to break out of my shell more. It’s exhausting to stay closed up to try and hide aspects of myself from friends and family, I’m sure others can agree and it’s not something easy to do. I’m working hard on this and learning how to say “no” more often which is something I normally don’t say but always want to. This card is suggesting to me that it can help break down walls that I have when working with this deck and help shed what’s not important in my life. I’m thinking that this would be a great deck for self exploration and my own path.

✖︎ How can I best learn and collaborate with you? Crafty Fox/Fox 

Just like a fox, this deck can be full of tricks up its sleeve, but in a good way! It’s versatile, so I can collaborate and learn from it any way I please. Looking at this card made me think of direction and following this fox to see where it’s heading. The fox in the card image seems to be moving up an ever so slight hill and it’s urging me to come along. This fox can easily shift roles and knows it’s way around their forest home, that would make Fox a great teacher in the field of direction. A note on the numerology for this card, number 11, this is a number of unity… 1 +1 = 2, perfect for collaboration!

✖︎ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? Community/Bees 

What a fantastic ending to this little reading, nothing says “working relationship” like a beehive. This is for sure a mutual relationship as long as we pull our own weight in this pairing. It’s a constant movement going on and it’s active, so that tells me that this deck is ready for the work I want to use it for as long as I’m on the same page… it’s not going to pick up the slack! I was already wondering if I should use this deck with readings I do for others and this was a big “yes”! Bees have always been a huge focus for me and oddly enough, I’m allergic to bees yet I am drawn in by their curious nature and beauty. I seem to attract bees all the time, I can be with a group of people and a bee will always bother me and no one else. It’s like they find me wherever I am!

Coffee with the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

Coffee with the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

A new deck has landed in my hands thanks to an awesome deck swap! I traded a few decks for the gorgeous, Pagan Otherworlds Tarot, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had this deck on my wishlist since it came out in 2016 but I have never pushed the “buy” button… I’ve wanted to though! When someone in a swap group asked if I wanted to trade… I jumped on it without even having to think!

This deck was made my Uusi in 2016. My swap package included: the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot deck, Pagan playing cards, and the Pagan Otherworlds guide book. The cards are absolutely beautiful, both the card stock and art. You can tell a lot of love went into this deck and the creators paid very close attention to detail. The card stock is a linen finish and shuffles like a dream. The cards are a tad wider and taller than your standard Rider Wait Smith deck, which works well for me since I have very long hands and fingers.

The book is great, very “to the point” with not a lot of clutter as it just talks about each card and nothing more. I was half hoping for a little more info in the book, but overall it’s great!

This deck comes with extra cards – The Seeker, and five moon cards (if you read reversals, you will get all the moon phases). I have yet to figure out how I want to use these cards, but for now they remain in the deck for some added texture to the readings! If you have this deck, how do you use the Seeker card? I have some ideas but would love to hear others!


Using my favorite deck interview spread from Little Red Tarot, I grabbed an iced coffee and got to shuffling! Here is what the deck had to say!

I have already done a few readings with this deck, one being a first pull that was the waxing moon card, how fitting as it was a waxing moon when I did the pull! I took this as a good omen for sure. This morning I used this deck for my daily tarot pulls and received the King of Pentacles and the 4 of Swords… funny, later on as the morning went on, I had a 4 of Spades card at my feet that my dog found.

I’m going to be bringing back the weekly reading to the blog on Monday’s, this deck will be used for next weeks reading for sure!

I noticed this reading was heavy on the suit of swords – 4 out of 6 cards were swords – this makes me feel that it’s a great deck to use that focuses on solving problems and getting your head out of the clouds. While some readers prefer relationship based readings or spiritual themed, I’ve always been interested in doing readings that are based around mental clarity and opening up options when it comes to projects, work/career, and goal planning. 

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

Ahh, the Temperance card, what a great spot too! You are fair, modest, and balanced. I love that this deck reveals that they are calm and centered, when I tend to be a bit off balance at times.

✖︎ What are your strengths as a deck? Page of Swords

Your strengths as a deck are that you are full of information to share, sometimes a little too much based on the energy of this card, much like a young teenager who loves to be involved in gossip. You are restless and eager to participate in readings, which is a good thing since I have a feeling I will be using this deck quite often and I may have already pushed my other decks aside! The strength that the Page of Swords has to offer is that they are constantly curious and always full of energy, this makes for a fantastic reading deck.

✖︎ What are your limits as a deck? 8 of Swords

Nope, not giving anymore info… is what I read when I saw this card flip over. This deck is telling me that they are a bit stiff on giving out more info and details, it’s letting me know that I can work with the info I get in the reading and I don’t need more.

✖︎ What are you hear to teach me? 9 of Swords

This card really pulled at my heart strings when I went through the entire deck yesterday. It’s upsetting to see a beautiful swan chained to the waters where it normally seeks solace. Sometimes what we enjoy can feel like a job, it can be the ball and chain that wears on our mind, that constant strain. This deck is hear to teach me how to confront what makes me uncomfortable… It’s about mind over matter! I also get the feeling that this deck doesn’t like to sugar coat anything so it wants me to see the truth even if I’m not wanting to, I can be very stubborn.

✖︎ How can I best learn and collaborate with you? 8 of Pentacles

Let’s make magic! This card tells me that it loves to get dirty and can be a bit on the perfectionist side of things. This deck likes quality and so do I, so this will be a perfect partnership. I also get the nudge of “practice” with this card, this deck wants to be used, and used often!

✖︎ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? Queen of Swords

How perfect, the Queen of Swords, this is a court that I resonate well with. Our relationship will be honest, fair, and sometimes down right bossy. I think we will both have our say in a reading and with sharp minds coming together, we can pull out some much needed clarity for myself and my clients! 

My current August reads!

My current August reads!

Books! Who can not love a good book?! I am very much a non-fiction reader, unless it’s a Chuck Palahniuk novel… I’m a sucker for Palahniuk! I have several books I’m juggling right now and all the books are pretty spread out as far as subjects go, here is what I’m reading this month.

I’m not very far into this book seeing that it is 896 pages! This is one beefy book, and it’s loaded with all kinds of good stuff! I’ve been skimming ahead and from what I have read… I love. This book seems to be great for all kinds of readers, whether you just picked up your first deck or have been reading for decades. Benebell Wen adds an interesting perspective to the cards and writes very clearly. I just finished reading the Major Arcana and have been taking notes, she gave me some new perspectives to think about when looking at the Majors. I highly recommend this book so far!

Visit Benebell’s website

This book has really been pushing me to come out of my shell a bit more, I was actually inspired by this book to write about my own spirituality in a recent post on the blog here. I’m about half way through this book and I adore it to pieces! When I pick it up, I find it hard to put down, it’s like the author is speaking directly to me! Fantastic book if you are feeling a calling inside but can’t seem to pin point what it is!

Visit Rebecca’s website

I have been reading this book while waiting to pick up my daughter after school and love it! I even purchased the planner, so I’ll be starting that fresh at the beginning of September.  This book really has me rethinking of the way I plan out my goals! If your a vision board type of person, this book will help you for sure. It’s all about focusing on how you want to feel and not necessarily focusing on what goals you want but more about how you want to feel reaching those goals. Really love it though so far, I’m about half way done with it.

Visit Danielle’s website

 

Coffee with the Cards of Chaos (and review)

Coffee with the Cards of Chaos (and review)

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A new deck arrived yesterday and I had to take some time to gather my thoughts on this tiny little wonder. When I first came across the Card of Chaos on Etsy I knew I had to have them in my hands. My practice is very eclectic and based around chaos so I knew these would suit me perfectly!

At the end of this post I did a deck interview with the cards!

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The cards are 2″ x 3″, very tiny! For some reason I had the image size of playing cards in my mind when I ordered them, but they are more like business card size. Very easy to travel with these suckers for sure! The deck is supposed to be a fake tarot deck, I see it more as a a quirky oracle deck.

The deck consists of 24 cards + an opening card (mine was the 3/4 The Bones card). It comes in a sturdy little box and is signed and numbered under the lid. It does not come with a book, so it up to you to determine what the cards mean. Part of me wishes is came with a book and part of me is glad it didn’t… the reason I would love a book is so I could read the creators input on how each card come about, but I really like the mystery!

Keep in mind: These cards are not perfectly trimmed like most decks you buy in store. They have a very unique handcrafted quality, which only adds to the chaotic nature of these cards. I’ll admit I was a bit thrown off at first, but after handling them… I adore them and love the unique nature of each card!

You can buy a copy at LoucheLab here!

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Deck Interview

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(I always use the spread by Little Red Tarot for my deck interviews)

I sat down with some cold lemonade and got the cards shuffling! I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was surprised at how deep some of these little cards got. One card in particular struck me hard (in a good way)! Some of the cards reminded me instantly of similar tarot cards while others played a different tune.

1. What is your most important characteristic? 5 The Father

I relate this card closely to the Emperor in a traditional tarot deck. This card tells me that the deck is a good compassionate leader when I’m looking for guidance. It made me think about my own fathers characteristics! He is someone I look up to and always gives me the best advice, even if it can feel a bit harsh at the time being since he is only trying to give me the best advice from all angles.

2. What are your strengths as a deck? Iron – Copper – Gold – Mercury

What an interesting card this is! With a good mix of metals and alloy’s, this has me to believe that the deck is quite varied and has all levels of strengths! Depending on what I need at the time, this deck will deliver it to me whether I need softer guidance or very rich and loud slap in the face!

3. What are your limits as a deck? 3 Courage

You may lack some courage, and that’s ok! We can work on this together as I lack courage in confidence from time to time. I think many readers can admit that as well, we all want to be reassured in our readings but still have that underlining fear of being terribly wrong or way off track. Over time we can build courage!

4. What are you here to teach me? I’ll call this the… Royal Chicken!

There is a bit of richness that blooms from this card, but what stands out the most is the fact this chicken is quite the sight! I can tell this deck will teach me to be more creative and grasp the wisdom with an “out of the box” feel!  I also get the feeling this chicken wants to light a fire under my butt and get me moving!

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

Another card that sings traditional tarot, Death! Collaborating with you will be a continuous cycle and transformative journey. You will have me questioning the light and dark sides of a problem, rather than just see the situation as it is. Together we can transition through the journey together!

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? 765 The City

Ahh the City, what a beautiful card. I see this card as a good omen. A light source. An adventure. The numbers 765 together generally mean spiritual awakening, enlightenment, and even inner wisdom. I can’t tell you how much I love seeing this card show up. I have some posts to work on soon that surround this subject! This card is a big welcome home to me. What is even more great about this card is that it seems to sum me up completely…

  • Teeth: My molars have been literally crumbling over the past 10 years. My wisdom teeth pushed through and crowded my mouth! To see the broken molars on this card reminds me of the symbology of wisdom that pushing into my life.
  • Bees: I’m allergic to bee’s but yet I adore these remarkable creatures, they always seem to find me in a crowd! Never bothering anyone else but me! They always remind me of what we want but can’t have, so I honor them in my heart constantly.
  • Red Poppy: They symbolize feminism to me, which is dear to my heart. They are also associated with the moon and the moon plays a huge part in my practice.
Deck Review // Nature’s Cycle’s

Deck Review // Nature’s Cycle’s

Ok, so I’ve had this deck for quite a while… and I’m just now getting around to doing a review on it! I’ve used this deck quite often, not consistently, but I would say this deck has been set out on my altar space very often. I’ve been wanting to do a quick review of this deck because I find it simply awesome! It’s a great tool for women (I’m only saying women because it coincides with menstrual cycles).

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The deck is made by Laura Bochinski, she has a shop called Amy’s Rag Bag on Etsy. They come in a hand sewn bag that has a drawstring tie, a great little gift for the deck! There are 12 cards in each deck, a hard box, and a little booklet explaining each card. It’s not a tarot deck or an oracle deck, but I’m sure you can find a way to incorporate it in a reading… maybe a timed reading?

Each card has great illustrations, very cut and paste feel, reminds me of zines! The cards are very long and slender, so they don’t take much room on a table for display. They are printed on great quality card stock and feel they can handle a lot of usage. The cards are divided into three groups:

  • Lunar Cycle
  • Seasons
  • Menstrual Cycle

There are 4 cards for each group, so you can mix and match depending on your cycle and such. I keep these cards on my Earth – Goddess – Women altar. I feel they give me a visual look of myself and my own personal cycle. I highly recommend this deck to those wanting a deeper connection with themselves and the moon!

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Deck Review: The Portland Tarot

Deck Review: The Portland Tarot

**Want to point out that my deck has been altered, I removed the borders on my version. To see the original borders of this deck head to the website below **

I have had this deck in my hands for a while now and I keep forgetting to do a review of it. This deck… is… AWESOME! The Portland Tarot was on my wish list for a while, I finally ordered it when the new version came out around September. While I don’t normally use or collect major only deck’s, I had to have this one!

Deck: The Portland Tarot
Creator: Theresa Pridemore
Co-Writer (book): Jamie Morris
Card Count: 23 – Majors only
Size: 4″ x 6″
Website: www.theportlandtarot.com

 

Packaging

When I got the package and opened it, I was in love. The packaging was awesome, very simple and nice. The deck does not come with a box, instead it comes with a cardboard style wrap (mine is signed above in the picture). The deck comes with 23 Major Arcana cards, 3 Bridge cards, 2 info cards and the book.

First Impression

Love it! I absolutely love the artwork in this deck. I am not very traditional when it comes to art, I prefer more lowbrow or pop surrealism, so this deck was right up my alley! The cards are thick, but still flexible enough for shuffling. I can’t speak much more about the card quality since I cut the borders off my deck, so my edges are not stock anymore and have been peeling a bit but that is my own fault. The cards are great, I also like the shine on them… not to shiny and not too dull.

 

Different Cards

The deck comes with an extra card that is optional to use, I use it! This card is The Weird. Some cards in the deck are different and do not follow the traditional titles. These cards are:

Tower = Mount St. Helens
The Hanged Man = The Hanged Woman
Hierophant = The House of the Seeker
The World = The City
Extra Cards
 
Other than The Weird card I mentioned above, the deck comes with 3 Bridge cards. There is an info card that goes along with these and explains how they can be used. I haven’t played much with these cards but I really like the idea, so I will be using these soon in a spread.

Booklet

I have to say, I am very impressed with the book that comes with the deck! The info it packs is awesome and different than all the other books. The book is quite large compared to a normal LWB. The first 16 pages are all about the deck, spreads, etc. The rest of the book is about each card and how it reads in a reading, affirmations, etc. The booklet is 64 pages total and consists of information on the last page about how this deck links to the city Portland. LOVE that!

 

 

First Glance: The Ceccoli Tarot

First Glance: The Ceccoli Tarot

** Update: I have done a little video about this deck on my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wukePS-iba0&list=UUC7RyC5uT0BQSbM_SX0SdNg **

A very awesome package arrived a day early yesterday and it was The Ceccoli Tarot! The second I heard the knock at the door I knew the deck was here. I tried to keep my cool when the FedEx guy gave me the package, that was very hard and I’m sure my smile was ear to ear. He must have thought I was extremely glad to see him! I posted some pics on my Instagram the second I opened the box and I was getting so many questions about the deck that I decided to do this post about it. Now, this isn’t going to be a full review, but more of a “first glance impressions” of the deck if that makes sense. I will be doing a full review down the road after I have spent more time with the deck and used it more. On a side note, I do plan to do a review of The Collective Tarot and The Portland Tarot very soon, just need to find a chunk of time to do a proper write up.

The Box
I absolutely loved the artwork on the box! I have only seen the front of the box in pictures online, so I was pleasantly surprised to see more varied artwork on the box. Not much else to say really about the box, it’s a typical tarot box and I never expect too much as far as quality unless it’s supposed to be a special box or something.



Card Quality
The cards are nice, I did notice they were a tad thin but I’m used to my thicker cards so it may just be me. I would say the card thickness is similar to my RWS deck. Shuffles nice and very smooth. The big thing I did notice right after unwrapping them is that the deck stinks! It smells so bad, reminds me of old wall paint, not quite paint thinner but close. This will disappear over time or after a couple smudge/incense sessions so it doesn’t bother me at all, was more of “wow!” factor. Also, this was just my deck, so others maybe from a different print batch may not smell.

Artwork
Ahhh… Love it! Naturally I picked up the deck because I’m a huge Mark Ryden fan and her work is very Ryden-esque and I adore it. The artwork is very imaginative and feels like the images were plucked right from dreams. I’ve been getting asked if the artwork was created for the deck or if the artwork was just fitted to the deck. Now, I’m not too familiar with Nicoletta Ceccoli’s artwork, I’ve loved it but I have never dug deep into it like a collector. I am not 100% sure about this, but after digging around a bit I noticed that a lot of the artwork in this deck is also in print form, so I’m going to guess and say that some if not most of the art was fitted to the deck and not made specifically for it. This doesn’t seem to affect the reading of the cards at all, in fact it flows very well with her descriptions of the cards. Also, this deck really has given me all kinds of creative freedom with interpretations, which I love!

Little White Book (LWB)
I normally don’t read these or spend time looking through them since most are all the same, but I was curious about this one to see if there was any different input from the artist in there. The book is actually really nice, it’s a standard LWB but the card descriptions are different. I really liked that! The descriptions were fresh (at least to me), here is one about the 10 of Swords:

The situation is ruined, and it’s time to cut your losses. Grieve for what might have been, but don’t stay in that dark place too long. Gather your courage and begin again.

So all in all, I love the deck so far! I’m very excited to work with it, already it is proving to be a very good deck that suits me. This morning while thinking about my daughter and such, I was shuffling the cards and a jumper flew out of the deck that just fit the moment so perfectly, so I’m confident that the deck and I will have a beautiful relationship.

People have been asking where I got this deck, I ordered my deck from Llewelyn after my Amazon pre-order was on hold due to low supply. I pre-ordered on Amazon right when it was available for pre-order and it was supposed to arrive on the 10th of October but it was then back ordered! I emailed them and apparently they didn’t have enough stock come in to fill the pre-orders, so I panicked and searched everywhere. Saw Llewelyn had it in stock so I canceled my Amazon order and rebought it there.