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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
cards are Boy, Warrior, Queen, King. The minors are all
painted as pips, with beautiful landscape scenes from
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
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!