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Tarot Deck Reviews

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on September 3, 2009 | Comments (4)

I buy a lot of tarot decks. It’s part of my job and it’s one of my passions. Obviously I have access to all Llewellyn and Lo Scarabeo decks. But there are plenty of decks published every year by other publishers or that are self-published. Like most of you, I don’t have an unlimited tarot budget, so I have to pick and choose. I think I’m pretty similar to most tarotists when considering purchasing a new deck. I check out images available online, read tarot forums, and check them out in person when possible.

I also read reviews. Different reviewers have different styles and include different sorts of information. Just like with movie and restaurant critics, I’ve learned which reviewers mesh with my taste and whose reviews contain information I look use in the decision-making process.

And guess what? I also write reviews. A lot of reviews. Such as these: The Manga Tarot http://www.llewellynencyclopedia.com/article/23756, Tarot of Reflections, http://www.llewellynencyclopedia.com/article/24292, and Tarot of the Magical Forest, http://www.llewellynencyclopedia.com/article/23806 .Naturally, I write reviews that are ones I’d like to read. My reviewing style has been greatly influenced by my friend and colleague, Riccardo Minetti, the editor at Lo Scarabeo. He says that a good review should be first and foremost a study of the deck. A good review is more than someone’s opinion. It is an informed opinion.

I first try to give an overview of the goals of the deck. The creator had something in mind when he or she designed the project. Even if a deck doesn’t make sense to me at first glance, I try to find the goal and then try to ascertain to what extent it was achieved, attempting to be as objective as possible. Then I give more personal responses, such as how I reacted to the art and how it worked for me as reading deck.

These reviews take a lot of time and I hope they are useful. Maybe you could let me know what you think of them or give me ideas of how they could be more useful.

Reader Comments

Written By Sharyn/AJ
on September 11th, 2009 @ 8:37 am

Thanks for sharing the new site info on AT, looks great. Sharyn/AJ

Written By Barbara Moore
on September 11th, 2009 @ 11:17 am

AJ! Hi! Thanks for stopping by. As always, I look forward to feedback, etc.

Written By Simone Pantaleo
on September 11th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

Hi Barbara,

Is there any way of getting some pictures of the cards in the deck in the review somewhere so as someone can see the style of the pictures of the card?

I find if i see the pictures of the cards in the deck it helps me understand if i can connect with them or not and helps me work out if i want to buy this deck.

Also i love the way you have added information about such things as tarot books that can work with the deck and related stuff (such as the author, who made the deck etc) which i have found a very useful addition which will help me with making decision about where or not i want to buy the deck


Written By Barbara Moore
on September 11th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

Simone, that is an excellent question. Sadly, I cannot (at least not now) include images. However, if you go to the Llewellyn product page for the deck you’re interested in, sometimes they have more images (but not for all…at least not yet). I will pass your comment on to some people who might be able to help make this possible. I’m glad that you like the extra info 🙂

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