I buy a lot of tarot decks. Itâ€™s part of my job and itâ€™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 donâ€™t have an unlimited tarot budget, so I have to pick and choose. I think Iâ€™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, Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 someoneâ€™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 doesnâ€™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.