I haven’t been hobnobbing with the Tarot community as much this year as I would have liked and I guess as a result, this escaped my notice until a few weeks ago. This deck has been on my “must have” list for years, literally, but as it was out of print for some time, the prices it was commanding on the secondary market put it squarely out of my reach.
Rejoice, friends, Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins, Ph.D., and Joyce Eakins, M.F.A., is back! It appears to be only the deck at this point, not a deck/book set, so I’ll have to get a copy of the book separately. Those have been readily available for reasonable prices right along. This new rendition includes a transparent card with the Qabalistic Tree of Life on it.
From the LWB (Little White Book) :
The Tarot of the Spirit cards were painted on Tree of Life Diagrams. This 20th Anniversary edition of the Tarot of the Spirit comes with a plastic transparent Tree of Life overlay card. The Tree of Life is a map of consciousness that describes the flow of thought and action. …By overlaying the Tree of Life on each card, you can also see critical aspects that were emphasized in each painting.
The paintings are impressionistic in style, colorful and bold. The titles on the Majors are standard, except for Justice, which is renamed Karma, and Judgement which is renamed Resurrection (the World is The Universe, which is relatively common). The suits are Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth, and the Courts are Sister, Brother, Mother, Father. The minors all have a small subtitle on the bottom, much in the style of Crowley/Harris’s Thoth deck.
The LWB is enigmatic about this card. I was already calling it the Mystery Card when I read in the book that’s what it is. I don’t know if this was included in the original release or not. All the LWB says about it is:
An additional card, unlabeled but recognizable by its inverted yellow triangular shape, is the Mystery Card. It can be viewed as the master card of the deck, the over-arching card of spiritual realization, which contains the concepts of birth, death, and Karmic transition. Over time, this card’s meaning becomes clear.
Well all right then.
At any rate, I am thrilled to finally have this deck. I’ve been kicking myself for years for not buying it when it first came out. I would not recommend this for an absolute beginner in Tarot, but for those looking for more advanced studies and applications beyond fortune-telling I think this deck will repay close study.