Right. I likeÂ RWS-style deck as well as the next person. I like cat decks pretty well (which is good, considering I designed the Pagan Cats Tarot) even though I am more of a dog person. I certainly did not expect to fall in love with the fabulous felines of the Black Cats Tarot. Seriously. In. Love.
I like novelty decks just fine. I like it better if a deck that could be novelty reaches further and achieves more. The Black Cats Tarot does that. I have picked out oodles of images that either charmed me or made me think or delighted me with their cleverness. Iâ€™ll comment on some, but I am sure these expressive creatures can speak for themselves.
This must be the most serene High Priestess that ever was:
I always thing the Hierophant gets a bad rap because so many of us project only negative aspects of leaders and teachers on that card. This one is more in line with my idea of a great spiritual leader and teacher.
The Hanged Man:
Maybe the most joyful Sun Iâ€™ve seen since the Gaian Tarot:
Now tell me, what do you think of this World card?
A most poignant 5 of Cups:
Now here is an interesting 9 of Pentacles. Itâ€™s one thing to be self-possessed in your own garden. Itâ€™s another to be so while surrounded by sharks.
The 4 of Wandsâ€¦it feels very pagan and magical; I love it.
A true 9 of Swords, donâ€™t you think?
A clever and intriguing 10 of Swords:
I love the court cards.
Queen of Cups, not staring at the cup but at the heavens, where dreams and destinies are writ large!
King of Cups, a wordsmith or composer of songs? He is not the disconnected and repressed artist as often shownâ€¦he is an artist. Or perhaps he softens the rules and laws of his realm with compassion and empathy.
King of Swords. Perhaps this says more about me than I should admit in public, but I find this image kind of powerful, dangerous, and exciting.