Review by Raven
The Spiral Tarot was my second tarot deck. I saw a
few sample images online, and fell in love with the
beauty of it.
One of the problems I came across in
learning the Tarot was that many of the decks available
have very repetitive minor arcana cards. You might as
well use a regular deck of playing cards.
This is not
so with the Spiral Tarot. Every single card of this
deck, especially the minor arcana, tells a story. These
cards will speak to you. I disagree with what the first
reviewer of this deck said, that the art was disappointing
when it came to the minor arcana. Compare this deck to
most and you will see that the artist actually took the
time to artistically represent a situation to convey
the meaning of the card to you. Are the minor arcana
cards as detailed as the major arcana? No. But to me
they speak volumes more than the majors.
are beautiful, the art is very well-drawn, meanings
easily interpreted through the pictures. The minor arcana
changes time periods in the pictures and this only adds to
the uniqueness of this deck.
If you get the book
that goes along with this deck, you will see a story
unfold throughout the entire set of cards, beginning with
The Fool. It is amazing to me what Kay Steventon did
for understanding tarot. I would highly recommend this
deck to any beginner.
Review by Andryh
The Spiral Tarot is a deck with a whopper of an
identity crisis. This is a bittersweet deck. Every time I
go through these cards I have a terrible mix of
emotions. This is the deck that breaks my heart. This one
could have been THE deck. My deck. The one I'd take
with me everywhere. The one I love to look at... just
because. The one that has so much beauty, intimacy, drama,
character and mood, that in my hands it feels like a living
The major arcana of this deck are that good. But
unfortunately, as with so many decks, the creator decided to
"coast" through the minor arcana. The art takes a
dramatic dive... so dramatic it leaves you wondering, is
this part of the same deck? My heart sank to my feet
when I first looked through the minors.
The art goes from serious, delicate, and ethereal to coarse,
hurried, and at times cartoonish. The colors go from
voluptuous to flat. I understand that creating an entire
tarot must be an incredible endeavor. And I do
understand that the minor arcana is generally considered less
important than the major. Nevertheless, it is inexcusable
to show such awe-ispiring talent with the majors and
then simply slap some paint on the canvas for the minors.
Not only is there a dramatic shift in the
quality of the art, the minors have a altogether different
theme. The majors are classical and trancendant and the
minors feature depictions of what must be the late
Victorian era. The clash is a big ugly one. This deck
completely lacks any cohesiveness. The backs are a big
disappointment too. They are deep blue with a straw-colored
double spiral. Very uninteresting.
I mourn every time I take this deck out. The High Priestess is so utterly
arresting... such a perfect symbolic representation of the
subconscious. The Sun is breathtaking. The Death card is
darkly mystical. The paintings have such wondrous
quality, they almost seem to sparkle (and they
should... the paintings are dotted with sequins). But then
there are the minors. Those gaudy, sophomoric minors. I
always have to slip this deck back into its box with a
sigh. A deep, heavy sigh for what could have been.
See card images from the Spiral Tarot
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