Tarot of Mystical Moments Review

The Tarot of Mystical Moments is a stunningly gorgeous 83-card deck of dreamy and surreal, yet highly-detailed art. It's completely oriented to the feminine, and includes extra cards to for a female Emperor and four female Kings.

Deck Type: Tarot Deck   Cards: 83  
Creators: Catrin Welz-Stein  
Publisher: US Games Systems 2020

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Tarot of Mystical Moments Review by Medusawink

The Tarot of Mystical Moments is an unusual 83 card deck which focuses largely on feminine archetypes. This is not to say that men have been entirely left out of the deck, but rather that the feminine perspective has been moved to the fore.

This deck has an extra 5 cards, and all of them are feminine takes on traditionally male cards. There are 4 extra King cards all with feminine features, and a second Emperor card also embodied by feminine energy. The Seeker can choose to keep all the Kings and both Emperors or remove the ones not to their liking.

This is a somewhat dreamy, and slightly surreal tarot that takes its primary inspiration from the Rider-Waite-Smith classic tarot, and successfully reworks the images into a wholly original deck. The artwork embraces bizarre contrasts that while strange are basically wholesome and obliquely inspirational.

The Major Arcana consists of 23 cards which follow the Rider-Waite’s titles and ordering. However, there are two Emperor cards one featuring a female Emperor and the other being male. The female Emperor is quite authoritarian in her appearance and stance and still embodies the same domineering energy that the traditional imagery featuring a wholly masculine Emperor does.

The Minor Arcana is fully illustrated and consists of 4 suits of 15 cards each. The suits are Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords, and each suit has 10 number cards and 5 Court cards. The Court cards are Page, Knight, Queen, King (masculine) and King (feminine). The kings, both male and female, are simply titled ‘King’, although the gender of these sovereigns is clearly defined through distinctive facial features and costuming.

The cards measure 82 x 127 mm which makes them a little broader than many tarot decks, but not by much, and certainly not enough to make them difficult to handle or shuffle.

The card stock is light and flexible but not flimsy, and features a highly polished finish. This glossy sealed surface is super smooth and somewhat slippery which makes the cards very easy to shuffle, and they do not stick together or clump. The corners are rounded which prevents the cards from becoming dogeared, and adds to the overall elegant aesthetic. The cards have a glittering silver finish on the edges which doesn’t flake or tarnish through handling.

The print quality is excellent. The images are clear and crisp, with even the tiniest details and smallest variations in colour exactingly reproduced. There are no misprints, no colour bleeds, and no blurring to mar the artwork.

Artist Catrin Welz-Stein employs a broad palette of natural colours, however the deck is dominated by evening greens and blues, teal, sepia, and other tea colours often found in vintage prints.

The dreamlike imagery is created through digital collage, and seamlessly incorporates elements both modern and vintage to create and enchanting and surreal world. Long gone are the days when artists created digital imagery of disproportionate figures and wonky backgrounds – the Tarot of Mystical Moments is high art. The fantasy elements are flawlessly incorporated into phantasmagorical scenes of people moving through lush and illusory landscapes.

The images are borderless and stretch to the edge of the cards. Titles are given on a strip at the base of the image which varies in colour according to the suit but maintains the same washed out watercolour palette that backgrounds many of the images. For the Major Arcana the cards numbers are given in a Roman numerals and the titles are in a plain yet elegant, black font. For the Minor Arcana the titles are given in full i.e. Nine of Cups, Queen of Pentacles and so forth.

The print on the back is executed in pale grey-green on a faded green background, and consists of complex knotwork in a pseudo-Celtic yet somewhat art nouveau design that is fully symmetrical and therefore reversible.

The cards and guidebook come packaged in a solid cardboard box with a lift-off lid. The box has a low gloss, satiny finish with highlights and details in silver foil. It features images from the deck, a brief description of the Tarot of Mystical Moments as well as publisher’s information. This is quite solid little box, and could easily be slipped into a handbag or backpack without taking up much room. However, it is made of cardboard and therefore is susceptible to damage should it be crushed or scraped with sharp objects such as keys.

The 95 Page guidebook is written by Catrin Welz-Stein and Lynn Araujo, with instructions given in English only. The Introduction really only deals with details of the concept and creation of the deck and then moves directly into the divinatory meanings of the cards.

Each card has its own page which includes a description of the illustration - who is in the image and what they are doing, any significant symbolism; and an upright and reversed meaning. The divinatory meanings are fairly standard and do not deviate it anyway from the generally accepted interpretations.

Also included is a 6 card layout for reading the Tarot of Mystical Moments, which is essentially an expanded version of a past present and future layout. Finally, the book closes with a brief message from the artist herself in which she primarily describes her method of creating her artworks.

This is a lush and gorgeous tarot deck of peculiar and enchanting imagery. If you are after a tarot that traditional yet mysterious then the Tarot of Mystical Moments is definitely worth your consideration. If you are entranced by surreal images and dreamscapes that are elusive yet nonthreatening then this is definitely a deck for you.

The Tarot of the Mystical Moments would probably be quite challenging for a novice tarot reader who is looking to master traditional tarot reading, however anyone with a passing familiarity with the Rider-Waite Tarot and its structure would find this deck pretty easy to use. This is a charming deck from a twilight world.

Complete Details of Tarot of Mystical Moments

Creators: Catrin Welz-Stein
Publisher: US Games Systems 2020
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 83
Major Arcana: 23
Minor Arcana: 56
Suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King (feminine), King (masculine)
Card Size: 3.23 x 5.00 in. = 8.20cm x 12.70cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Intricate Celtic-style knotwork on a pale green background
Companion Material: The 95-page guidebook written by Catrin Welz-Stein and Lynn Araujo is packaged with the deck.
Rating: 18/20 or stars out of five

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