Here is a wonderful new deck I just received in the mail yesterday. This was a Kickstarter project from last year that was originally supposed to have been delivered in November 2016, but was delayed for several months. It has finally been sent to backers. The creator and artist is Ian Daniels, who some of you may be familiar with from his Tarot of Vampyres, another deck I own and adore. Seriously, if you don’t have it, get it for the book even if you’re not a vampire fan. It’s one of the best books on Tarot that I own. So needless to say when I saw who was creating this I pounced on it. And oh, am I glad I did! If you missed the Kickstarter, don’t despair. The deck is available through Daniels’ website.
This deck has 40 cards printed on very nice stock with a glossy finish. I’m already fussing about fingerprints on them (I’d suggest a soft microfiber cloth, or the kind you use to clean your eyeglasses and just rub gently).
The cards are designed with correspondences to use in magick spellwork. It’s based on Celtic mythology, and the illustrations are of different Celtic gods and goddesses and faery folk. Some of the cards are quite dark (literally, the art is done in dark tones). Others are bright, but the whole palette is muted colors, some almost a black & white, though more of an off-white/ecru than grayscale, with just hints of other colors (subdued reds and some blues). The back of each card lists correspondences so they’re not reversible, if that’s important to you for readings. Here are a few:
I despaired of scanning the cards. The finish is glossy, and my scanner put those ghastly wavy lines in the scans. I finally resorted to the camera, but the pictures don’t do the cards justice. They measure 3 1/2″x 5″ so they’re a good size. The stock is heavy, you won’t want to try to riffle shuffle. The box they come in is a very sturdy 2-part box:
The card edges are done with a rose gold gilt:
There’s a thick booklet which goes into the theory of the cards, the basic mythology, witchcraft, magick charms, faery runes, and of course the cards themselves. My only complaint is with the layout of the book. The print was set too close to the inner margins of the pages, and it’s nearly impossible to see some of the words that are next to the interior binding without bending the spine hard.
That aside, there’s a lot of good information here. Daniels has set up a Facebook group for users of the deck to share information and chat about the deck. He also offers prints of the cards, and they really are wonderful. The two I ordered arrived already mounted on backing board and enclosed in plastic sleeves. These measure 16 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ (including the white borders).
It was a long wait, but totally worth it!