This is my most recently acquired deck, and has quickly become my new favorite. As an intuitive reader, I appreciate this deck for so many reasons. The artwork is absolutely beautiful, eye-catching and thought-inspiring. The gold gilding on the edges is a nice touch of class that reminds the reader that the deck is a sacred tool and should be treated with reverance and respect. The images really draw the attention in and invite you to take a closer look at what’s going on under the surface of things. They will work wonderfully for a card meditation as well.
Additionally, I love the fact that certain cards have been omitted from the standard Tarot deck…John has taken out the 10’s of each suit, as well as all court cards. In my opinion, this is an improvement over tradition as the cards that are left out are ones that have been known to confuse a new reader. Being numbered 1-9 also works well to incorporate numerology in a reading, which I believe is very helpful.
I was surprised -and delighted- to see that the deck includes a card for each major chakra, and I thought it was a brilliant addition. The suits of the minor arcana are now referred to as “Physical”, “Emotions”, “Mental”, and “Spirit”…which again would be helpful to a beginning reader who may otherwise get easily “lost” in the symbolism of Pentacles, Cups, Swords and Wands.
Along with the deck, which comes neatly and attractively packaged in a sturdy lidded storage box, John has included a very helpful guidebook to assist the reader in understanding the symbolism found in each card.
The bottom line is that this deck is very easy to pick up and read with, visually stunning and associates well with the various facets of real human existence, from the mundane happenings of daily life here in this physical world to the deeply personal spiritual journey we are all participants in. I will happily recommend this deck to students and fellow readers alike!
*For more information on John Holland’s work, you can check out his website at www.JohnHolland.com