The 4 star review I posted on Amazon a couple of days after the US Games Chrysalis Tarot by Holly Sierra (artist) and Toney Brooks arrived:
“I’m rating the Chrysalis Tarot more as an oracle deck. We are moving quite far outside the boundaries of traditional Tarot and I do not agree with many of the interpretations in the LWB (especially not the Court Cards). Also not too keen on ‘Spirals’ for the Wands suit. Can you still use this deck for readings in spite of the aberrations? Yes, it’s quite easy to read with intuitively but don’t get too stuck in ‘Tarot think’ – allow the gorgeous images to speak. If you are a beginner and feel drawn to this deck, I recommend that you use a RWS deck for your studies / daily draw and reach your own conclusions about the validity of this new metaphysical interpretation of the Tarot, which I consider a flight of fancy that should have landed in the realm of Oracles rather than Tarot.”
But enough about me – let’s speak directly with the daemon of this deck!
1. Describe yourself in three words or less – 2 of Swords/Scrolls (Moon in Libra)
CT: A fantasy deck – Fantasy, as you noticed reading through the LWB, is the keyword for this card.
Me: Yes, and as you know, this is one of the (many) Minors that I really struggle understanding the new and rather strange associations for but since I decided to read with the Chrysalis Tarot more as an oracle deck, I smile every time this card shows up. I do love unicorns!
2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words? – Judgment/Phoenix (Fire/Pluto)
CT: Wayshower and prophet
Me: Yes, I get a feeling many people will find you helpful in terms of spiritual development and couldn’t help but notice that readings about money matters don’t really jive with you… Is that right?
CT: Yes, I do prefer to read on questions that aim at raising a person’s consciousness or creating more harmonious relationships.
3. What gift do you bring? – 2 of Cups/Mirrors (Venus in Cancer)
CT: The gift of love and friendship
Me: Yes, I can see that. I already enjoy keeping you close at hand for personal readings and always find the messages comforting in a way that speaking with a trusted friend is comforting.
4. What do you expect in return? – Justice/Maat (Libra)
CT: Fairness, peace and harmony – strive to help your clients achieve this through all readings you do with me.
5. How can you help me serve? – The Fool/Merlin (Air/Uranus)
CT: By deviating from traditional Tarot meanings, I’m teaching you to rely more on visual clues and your own intuition. You’ll get some pretty unexpected messages from cards you think you know really well this way.
Me: Sounds good to me!
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself? – 3 of Cups/Mirrors (Mercury in Cancer)
CT: Just enjoy! I know you already are… And remember, you’ll get much deeper insights by just looking at the images and relying on your intuition than if you use logic and traditional Tarot knowledge.
Me: Thank you, Daemon of the Chrysalis Tarot. It’s been great getting to know you a bit better and I will most certainly enjoy working with you more in the future!