“I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.”
The Wild Unknown is one of those deck that you begin ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing over as soon as you open the outer packaging. The sturdy box arrived carefully wrapped in black tissue paper. A bonus print of the 6 of Wands with a lovely blue butterfly greeted me and made me smile with delight…
…as did the black ribbon inside the Tarot box.
The style is minimalist but so much meaning is packed in the nature imagery used to symbolise the Tarot archetypes. I found myself often amazed by the clever choices. Here are two randomly chosen cards to show you what I mean:
Being one to normally go for quite bright and colourful decks and not having done a reading with this deck yet, I was very much looking forward to what the Wild Unknown would reveal to me about himself and our possible collaboration.The card stock is of good sturdy quality and although the finish is matte, the cards feel very smooth and silky. Rather than a traditional LWB, there is a folded instruction sheet in the box, providing basic meanings for each of the suits as well as a few keywords for each card. (Shown in deck interview image below)
But let us see what the spirit of the wild unknown has to say for itself…
1. Describe yourself in three words or less
Wild Unknown Tarot: Bringer of clarity (6 of Swords)
Me: Yes, I can see how the artwork serves to cut out any distracting thoughts.
2. How would your best friend describe you using only three words?
Wild Unknown Tarot: Successful and strong-willed (The Chariot)
Me: I believe your friend might be onto something. You certainly seem to be in command of your domains which cover both the Tarot and Nature – and with style to boot!
Wild Unknown Tarot: *silence*
Me: You’re going to make me do all the talking, aren’t you? *nervous laughter*
Wild Unknown Tarot: *silence*
Me: No worries, I can handle the strong and silent type. Moving right along…
3. What gift do you bring?
Wild Unknown Tarot: Poetic inspiration. (Son of Cups)
Me: I can see this already. This deck is a Beethoven Sonata compared to pop tunes of many of the decks churned out today.
4. What do you expect in return?
Wild Unknown Tarot: That you nurture your connection with Mother Nature. (Mother of Pentacles)
5. How can you help me serve?
Wild Unknown Tarot: I’m primarily a tool for transforming and transmuting negativity and stagnant emotions into positivity and new life. However, I will not do the work for you, nor will I spare you the pain of growth and transformation – I will make you understand the value of it instead. (8 of Swords)
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself?
Wild Unknown Tarot: Unlike many of the decks out there, I provide crystal clear focus so be prepared to sharpen your questions – they will be more important than ever! Successful questions —> answers worthy of celebration. (4 of Wands)
Thank you so much for this, Wild Unknown! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you a bit better and I look forward to working with you, as well as strengthening my own connection with Nature.