Do you like to get to know your new decks properly before working with them and using them for client readings? I do. I have been doing Tarot deck interviews for years now, using a six card spread that I modified from a forum post I came across on Aeclectic many years ago.
I thought it was time I created a new spread, and this time it is all my own creation – although, inevitably – for this type of spread there are some basic spread positions that all such spreads have in common.
Often, less is more, so I decided to go for a five card spread this time and the first deck I’m trying this spread out on this the Mystical Cats Tarot that arrived last week. Admittedly, I have already worked with this deck but I’m very much looking forward to getting to know it more in-depth.
The Mystical Cats Tarot is a typical Llewellyn deck and book set: big outer box, 201 page companion book and a deck without an inner box. Admittedly, you can tear off the flap of the supporting structure inside the bigger box and use it as a box, but it’s not quite the right size and very flimsy. In my hands, it wouldn’t last long before falling apart. This is a pet peeve of mine and I do hope Llewellyn listens up and starts including a proper box for those of us who don’t have the space to be storing all their big chunky packaging in our tiny flats or houses.
The cards measure a standard 12 x 7 cm and have silky matte finish which makes them very easy to shuffle. The backs have a blue background with a reversible paw print design for those of you who read with reversals.
I love that this is a borderless deck. The lovely card designs by Mickie Mueller need no frames and these are the kind of cards that make you want to tell stories – borders would just get in the way!
The companion book by Lunea Weatherstone includes a little story about what is happening in each card, ‘Cat’s Advice’ and reversed meanings. There are four original spreads included. Thank Bast there is no Celtic Cross – to me that’s just lazy.
The large outer box arrived crumpled from Amazon and I could have returned it for a new set but I would have just ended up chucking it out anyway… so sorry – no pic of that included in this review.
|companion book and card backs|
Some of the Major have been renamed:
The Fool – The Cat
The Magician – Cat Magic
The Hierophant – The Priest
The Wheel of Fortune – The Wheel
Justice – Consequences
The Hanged Man – The Floating Cat
Temperance – Grace
The Devil – Demon Cat
The Star – Stars
Judgement – Good Kitty
The Minors are divided into four clans:
Fire Clan (Wands)
Sea Clan (Cups)
Air Clan (Swords)
Earth Clan (Pentacles)
The court cards are Kittens (Pages), Toms (Knights), Queens and Kings. I really fell in love with these court cards. The cats in them have very distinctive personalities that are easily translatable into people personalities, yet, as a cat owner, I can vouch for how absolutely cat-like they are!
All in all, I believe the Mystical Cats Tarot is one of the loveliest gifts you could buy yourself or give to your cat-loving, tarot-reading friend!
DECK INTERVIEW WITH THE MYSTICAL CATS TAROT
1. Who are you?
The Moon: I am a mirror for your secret self, the self you like to hide because you fear it is not loved or wanted.
2. What is your strength?
Six of Sea (6 of Cups): My greatest strength is that I will keep returning to you like an old friend. It will feel comforting even just reaching for me.
3. What is your weakness?
Eight of Sea (8 of Cups): If I feel like not working or that you are bothering me unnecessarily, I’ll probably start roaming like a tom for a while. Don’t be surprised if I go missing!
4. What types of readings do you prefer?
Ace of Sea (Cups): Love and Relationships!
5. How do you challenge me?
The Chariot: To go deeper, always deeper… until you are in touch with your true will and we can begin moving forward again – with all your energy pulling in the same direction.