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HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot Reviews

HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot is a joyful celebration of the beliefs and nature of ancient and modern Hawaii - the ocean, volcanoes, birds, deities and the 'Aloha Spirit'. The 78 card set is self-published, and comes with an 108-page companion book.

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Created by Katalin E. Csikos
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Artful Dragon Press 2010



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Review by Bonnie Cehovet

“At the beginning of time, we were all highly evolved spiritual beings. We lived our life in accordance to the sacred template of Cosmic Law, which we fully honored in thought word and deed. Gradually we became intoxicated with the dream of separation and ego identification, listening to the mind, a collection of thoughts, and forgetting the song of love and unity …” from the book

I was drawn to this deck for many reasons. Csikos did not create a deck from a history book background, she created one from living history … from living on the land of Hawaii, and with the people of Hawaii. Out of her interest in and respect for Hawaiian culture and mythology “HazelMoon’s Hawaiian Tarot” was born.

This deck has the same draw for me that the Gaian Tarot (by Joanna Powell Colbert) does – it is based n the land and the people where the respective decks were created. The Gaian Tarot is based on the lands of the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up as a teenager, and where I have been living for the past fourteen years. HazelMoon’s Hawaiian Tarot represents the five years that I lived in Hawaii when I was in my twenties.

This deck is a celebration of life and the “Aloha Spirit”. This is an all-pervasive spirit that I am reminded of every time I open my college newsletter (I graduated from the University of Hawaii). Csikos defines this spirit as the coordination of the True Self’s mind, heart and soul manifested by thinking good thoughts, emoting good feelings and sharing goodness with others. She goes on to say that Aloha must be experienced, that it brings each person to the Self.

Csikos goes on to talk about Hawaiian wisdom, and what Hawaii taught her. She moved to Hawaii to heal, and heal she did … on all levels. The ability to be healed is expressed clearly in this deck. This is a self-published deck and 108-page companion book. The deck is traditional in structure, with traditional titles for the Major Arcana. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI. The suits are Sticks (Wands), Cups, Swords, and Lava Stones (Pentacles). The Court Cards are King, Queen, Warrior, and Boy.

The companion book includes a short history of the Tarot, along with how to take care of the cards, and how to do a reading. The cards themselves are presented in text only, with no images. There is a description of the cards eergy, a description of the scene portrayed, and upright and reversed divinatory meanings. The traditional Celtic Cross spread is presented at the end of the book.

For the King of Lava Stones, Csikos writes: “This card is the representation o the final fulfillment of a creative task, business venture, or an investment. A loyal and trustworthy man may be too methodical to gain complete success. In other cases it is the symbol of wealth. Wealth may come in the form of associates, money or knowledge. As a talisman, it is a symbol of luck. It also means wanting to make money, to be more successful, and/or to unite or reunite with someone.”

For the Star, Csikos writes: “The Star is the light of hope. Shining in the night in the darkness, the stars provide direction to sailors and present a field of dreams. People are used to looking up at the sky and having a desire to be there. Besides hope, there is mystery, filled with excitement of the knowledge yet to b discovered.”

This is a nature based deck. The box itself, and the cover for the companion book, are done in warm earth tones. The cards are 3” by 4 ˝”. The backs have a dark brown border, with a cream colored center. In the middle of the back, and fanning out on three sides, is a leafy palm tree. The backs are not reversible.

The card faces have dark brown borders on the top and bottom. For the Major Arcana, the card number in Roman numerals is at the top, with the card title at the bottom. For the Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards), the card number is in Roman numerals on the top (except for the Ace), the card number and suit along the bottom in text. The Court cards show the card title and suit along the bottom of the card. Along the right and left hand sides of the card we see primitive drawing in dark brown against a cream background. Depicted are a turtle, what appears to be a gecko, and several images of humans in different poses. It gives a warm and “ancient” feel to the deck.

I dearly love the focus of the art in this deck – the land and the water carry much more import than the figures in the scenes, making use of intense color and nature itself to convey the necessary energy. It is hard to define which are my favorite cards – they all draw me in! Let’s start with the Wheel of Fortune – against a background of the Islands we see a circle of life – stick figures, plumeria flowers, an adorable gecko and more!

In the Boy of Sticks we see a lone figure strongly paddling his canoe over the blue waters. The Queen of Swords shows a lone female figure seated, head on her knees, sword at her side, volcano in the background. The Four of Sticks shows lush greenery and beautiful red flowers surrounding a rushing waterfall.

The Two of Swords features a beautiful rainbow, while the Empress stand regally in her royal purple gown. The Emperor stands, wearing a gold cape and crown, staff in his left hand, surveying his lands. Death shows a quarter moon over blue water, upon which floats a plumeria lei. The Five of Sticks shows a barren, broken highway, while the Six of Sticks shows a lush landscape with beautiful blue water in the background.

This deck is very much a coming home for me. The time that I spent in Hawaii filled me with good memories … memories that I will always have to fall back on. This deck is a great addition to any collection – a valuable tool for self-exploration, as well as a gentle deck to offer clients. Enjoy!

© Bonnie Cehovet

Bonnie Cehovet is Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association, is co-founder of the World Tarot Network, and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has had articles appear in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.

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Review by Lizzie Christy

HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot is a wonderful deck by Katalin E. Csiskos, that blends Hawaiian spirituality, the power of ancient and modern beliefs and the love of nature in all it's glory. This is a wonderful deck that shows us the importance of living happy, contented lives and the rewards of living in harmony with one's self and the glorious beauty of Mother Nature in all her majestic forms.

This is a traditional 78 card deck, with Strength numbered 8 and Justice at number 11. The card stock is fabulous to shuffle and the cards have a glossy lamination that just makes the imagery pop. When going through the deck, I noticed that many of the cards depict landscapes, and according to Katalin, in Hawaii the land or "aina" is very sacred to it's peoples and thus protected closely.

The Major Arcana each have a Roman numeral at the top and name of each card at the bottom and I just love the choices of coloring and situations portrayed that give me a complete "sense" of the message of each card. All of the Major Arcana have the traditional names with the exception of the Devil, which has been renamed The Evil, in which the Hawaiian belief is that nothing is more evil than the disrespect of the land, nature or the animals that inhabit it.

The Minor Arcana are arranged by suit, starting with Sticks, representing Wands in most decks, followed by Swords, Cups and Lava Stones equivalent to Pentacles or Coins. The Courts are represented by Boy (Page) Warrior (Knight) Queen and King. I absolutely love the way Katalin has used color and scenes that depict all the different aspects of each suit perfectly.

This is a wonderful deck that not only pays homage to nature in all her glory but the healing and teaching aspects that we can all learn from to use as guidance, healing and understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. I would quite happily recommend this deck to anyone both novice and experienced alike!

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Review by Paul Hanczaryk

I really really like this deck! It is beautiful. It's a 78 card deck with paintings from Katlin's experience in, on, and from Hawaii.

Some of the majors in the deck are historical, and show actual people, buildings, and places from Hawaii's rich history. The court cards are Boy, Warrior, Queen, King. The minors are all painted as pips, with beautiful landscape scenes from Hawaii.

In the companion book Katalin shares why she created Hawaiian tarot, some of her personal Hawaiian experience, what Aloha Spirit means, and more importantly what it taught her. The book goes on to explain a bit of what the tarot is. The companion book then explains some of the paintings on the cards, and gives a more traditional meaning for each card. The book also includes a lesson on tarot spreads near the end.

They are a beautiful a work of art. Maybe not for a beginner...maybe? ...but for the experienced reader and the collector, absolutely. It's like taking a magical vacation even though it's a Cleveland Winter! Well done Katalin!

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