Now that I’ve got the Tarot of the Golden Wheel in my hand, I’m not sure why I umm-ed and ahh-ed about getting it for so long. I clearly need this Tarot deck in my life! I have always been drawn to Slavic culture. So much so that I chose Character Dance as my specialist subject when I trained to become a dance teacher. In this Tarot deck review and interview, you also have a video flip-through. That way you can see all the cards in this gorgeous deck:
About the Tarot of the Golden Wheel
The Tarot of the Golden Wheel is steeped in Russian fairytale mythology. It’s a brightly coloured deck that is inspired by traditional Russian Art as well as Art Noveau. Though it’s a watercolour deck, the colours are vivid rather than soft pastels. The artist’s name is Mila Losenko.
This being a US Games Systems production, I was expecting high-quality cardstock. I was not disappointed. The deck is standard size with smooth, uncoloured edges. There are no borders but the title at the bottom is on a white background. The cards are thick enough to last well. The cardstock is silky matte and smooth enough to glide perfectly when shuffling. Reversible card backs display a beautifully painted Golden Wheel motif.
Three of the suit names are the standard Wands, Cups and Swords but the Pentacles have been renamed Wheels. None of the Major Arcana names has been altered. Strength is VIII and Justice is XI, following the RWS pattern. The imagery is also fairly true to the Waite Smith symbolism, though I would not call this deck a clone.
The companion booklet (LWB/little white book) has a beautifully designed cover. It has an introduction to the symbolism used, meanings for all 78 cards. The LWB also contains a bespoke 8-card Golden Wheel Tarot spread.
Golden Wheel Tarot Deck Interview
Describe yourself in three words or less. The Hanged Man
GWT: New perspectives, surrender
Me: The Hanged Man is my shadow card so this is perfect! I’m always searching out my ‘blind spots’
2. How would your best friend describe you in three words or less? 6 of Swords
GWTT: Great problem-solver
3. What gift do you bring? 8 of Swords
GWT: When you feel stuck or in a state of analysis paralysis, I’m your best friend
4. What do you expect in return? Page of Wands
GWT: Enthusiasm and fun playing together
Me: You got it!
5. How can you help me serve? The Hermit
GWT: I can help you go deeper into your creative and intuitive reserves thanks to the dance/choreography connection.
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself? Judgment
GWT: Working with me will help you stay aligned with your calling.
Me: Thank you. I feel that you are helping me connect some dots from my past. I’m starting to see how it all fits together. I look forward to getting to know you better!