I am in love with the sensational piece of eye-candy that is, The Collective Tarot! A collaborative effort to create a fully illustrated Tarot deck brought together 5 artists that gave us their spin on what Tarot is, and more importantly what it isn’t!
This deck is a punk rock, hyperactive, rebellious, kick in the ass tool of self-reflection and divination. There is nothing Patriarchal about this deck. There is no hint of traditional. It is an eclectic collection of enlightening, disturbing and comical characters.
There is something sort of New York grunge and sugar coated LA sun in this deck. It kind of illuminates from the inside out, casting little shadow figures that dance and sing all across your mind. With this deck you will be inspired and bewildered. It’s a full-blown experience contained within 78 movable pages.
Talk about a massive deck! These cards are a lot to handle in more ways than one. I have big hands, and I struggle with holding onto them. But don’t get me wrong… the size is all a part of the experience! These cards have to be big because the illustrations on them are too bold to experience any other way. You lay them out, and you get sucked in!
The card stock is average, it feels a little thin compared to the size, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem. The print quality is very nice and professional, and gives the images a very smooth appearance. The art itself is an eclectic mix, which you would expect coming from a group of artist. You feel as though you are flipping through different sketchbooks all thrown together!
Here you will find artwork that is modern and innovate, but at times it’s a touch cartoonish… I read that they tried to pull in a comic book aesthetic… some cards are better than others. And as always… I could have done without the borders… the artwork is too good for them!
The suites have been renamed Keys (Wands), Bones (Pentacles), Feathers (Swords) and Bottles (Cups). The renaming is very successful here; they captured the energy and essences of the suits in a way that I have never seen before. These cards burst with meaning, yet they leave room for things to sizzle.
I am especially fond of the court card structure. Instead of a Page we have the Seeker. Instead of the Knight we have the Apprentice. Instead of the Queen we have the Artist. And, instead of a King we have the Mentor. These names shed light on the court cards meanings and I think many people will find it much more user friendly than the traditional system.
There are a lot of new and tantalizing ideas happening in this deck. It takes a left turn from traditional things we see in Tarot… and you, as the reader will benefit from it! Oh… don’t worry there is an amazing 272 page book that comes with the deck. So if your questioning being able to read with it, you should have no trouble. The book is my favorite part!
I bought the deck when The Collective Tarot kickstarter campaign launched to help them raise funds for a 3rd printing! You can get your very own copy by visiting their blog. I promise this is worth the cash!
© Shaheen Miro 2013