When I got my Amazon voucher the other week (finally, after years of advertising on the blog!), I decided to pre-order The Witches Tarot by Ellen Dugan. It was a pleasant surprise when the deck and book set arrived earlier than expected yesterday afternoon.
Naturally, I had to do an interview with this deck. I was drawn to it both because of its choice of theme (anything witchy floats my boat) and the bright colours. Before I go on to share my first impressions of the cards below, I’ll let today’s guest of honour have her say:
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1. Describe yourself in three words or less.
Won’t quit (Ten of Wands)
2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words?
Powerful, clear thinker (Ace of Swords)
3. What gift do you bring?
I appeal to your emotional nature (Moon in Pisces) and help you use your imagination to develop psychically. (Queen of Cups)
4. What do you expect in return?
That you take time out to mediate. If you do, you will see clearly what lies on the other side of that wall. (Four of Swords)
5. How can you help me serve?
I can help you provide mental clarity and a wider variety of choice for your clients. (King of Swords)
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself?
I love doing relationship readings! (The Empress)
Me: That’s great! I think you will be able to provide great insights for love and romance with all those fantastic court cards. Thank you for answering my questions. I can’t wait to start working with you!
W.T.: My pleasure 🙂
I haven’t really had a chance to look through the companion book yet but I thought I’d share some more card images from the deck. First out are a couple of my favourites. I’ve rarely seen a yummier Knight of Swords and I love the joy and serenity in this Ten of Pentacles.
The second set of cards are two of the cards in this deck that made me spontaneously giggle when I first saw them – for two completely different reasons. The first one because it looks exactly like Mike Hernandez, a fellow Tarotist. Mike, if you’re reading this… That is you, right? The Chariot made me giggle because the horses are so totally out of control. I’ll never be able to look at this without thinking ‘Uh-oh… major third chakra issues’:
My two least favourite cards in this deck are the The Sun (too cheesy!) and the Five of Swords, because while all the other Minors are fully illustrated, this one feels more like a pip:
I really like the cosmic card backs. This set is of the same silky smooth quality as the Steampunk Tarot and the cards handle really well when shuffling.
The Witches Tarot is a deck I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to Tarot readers of any level – especially if you are looking for a deck with a bunch of lively Courtiers. They feel like real people in the Witches Tarot thanks to their faces being so infused with real, distinctive personalities.
Addendum July 2015: My 13 year old daughter fell in love with this deck, so it looks like I will have to order another copy since she managed to convince me that she needed mine 😛