Review by Nanaya
Let me start by stating that this deck feels
really unique with its black and white images and flowing
lines. The fact that itís a limited edition of 600
enhances the feeling of uniqueness. The deck, created and
self-published by Jessica Sahanan, is wrapped like a gift. It
doesnít come with a box but is instead wrapped in a cover
with a pink ribbon. This makes it really inviting to
use the deck.
The deck consists of 78 cards and
contains three extra: one card thatís used instead of the
little white book, an extra Moon card and an extra card
that is signed by Jessica. Mine has an extra card of
the Sun and is signed ďThank you! #180Ē The LWB-card
holds some notes for the reader. Jessica describes her
tarot as a newly illustrate deck which is useful for
intuiting the turns of fortuneís wheel in search of
self-knowledge, past & future, truth & falsehood, in the logically
absurd manner of oneís own foolís choosing. Her deck
contains stars & flowers, eloquent people, fancy clothing,
bare feet, outrageous hairdos, wings, blades, cups,
coins, sticks and divine love.
And of course a lot of
absurdness! Long limbs attached to a small body, an
upside-down chariot or an enormous shoe and a tiny head. It is
all possible in this deck. What really grabbed me
however is the fact that the symbols used arenít that
difficult to understand. The Empress on card 3 is still a
mother and a queen, only in this card she has a
triangular shaped head and 4 weird-looking children. The
original Waite-Smith meaning is captivated in the cards.
The four suits are sticks, cups, coins and blades; all
are illustrated with full pictures.
Most cards have
a black background which makes the white shapes pop
out, almost as if they give light. Because there are no
borders, the figures in the cards arenít contained. They
look free, as if they live in their own world where all
the absurdness makes perfect sense. Who cares the
person in the Star carries a pair of binoculars and is
walking over three monsters? Or the Hermit is contained by
an hourglass? They seem to be quite comfortable in
their strange world.
I really love the deck; the
playful black and white images full of absurdness make me
smile every time I use them. The personal note from the
artist and special gift-wrapping make the deck stand out.
The large cards are easy to handle and I love the fact
that they have no borders. Iím really glad I have one
of the 600 copies in my possession.
Nanaya lives in the Netherlands, where she practices modern witchcraft and grows her own herbs. Sheís been fascinated by the numerous symbols on the cards ever since she first came in contact with the teachings of the tarot, and now possesses more than 80 decks. She has written an online course about the major arcana (in Dutch) and is now focusing on the minor arcana cards.