The Wonderland Tarot has all the characters from Alice in Wonderland in this Rider-Waite reworking. There are suits of Oysters, Flamingos, Hats and Peppermills, and it also includes Tweedledee and Tweedledum as the Lovers.
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Wonderland Tarot Review by Tom LeBlanc, CTC
I'm afraid I have a bit of a confession to make. I undertook the prospect of writing a review of The Wonderland Tarot with the bias that I would be deeply disappointed. To the contrary, I am pleasantly surprised and quite impressed.
The collaborative team of Christopher and Morgana Abbey beautifully adapted the style and flavor of Sir John Tenniel's illustrations of Lewis Carroll's work to fit the typical Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) system. The Major and Minor Arcanas are fully illustrated, facilitating the work of a reader who is familiar with the RWS symbolism. Of course, the replacement of the suits occasionally gives the reader pause (The Swords, Staves, Cups, and Pentacles are now Flamingos, Peppermills, Hats, and Oysters, respectively), but once the reader accommodates to that alteration, this deck is found to be quite easy with which to work.
Printed on rather thin board, the color and style of these cards provide a somewhat Victorianesque feel that may be quite appealing to many readers. One of the considerable benefits of this deck, however, is that the cards themselves are the approximate size of a standard playing deck. Readers who permit the querant to shuffle the cards may appreciate this, as many non-readers (indeed, as well as some readers!) have a difficult time shuffling the slightly larger sized cards that are characteristic of most Tarot decks. Individuals with more mundane plans for this deck are additionally fortunate in that the playing-card equivalent of the Minor Arcana is notated in the borders of each of the appropriate cards (e.g., the “Five of Spades” is noted in the border of the Five of Flamingos).
Although best suited for someone who already possesses a bit of Tarot acumen, the little white book (LWB) included with the deck should be particularly helpful to those not already acquainted with Alice and her adventures. Each card is well-described in terms of its depiction of characters and suggested divinatory meanings. The LWB offers only the standard description of the Celtic Cross spread, but is adequate by most accounts.
In sum, the Wonderland Tarot is a
surprisingly pleasant deck that provides a whimsical
atmosphere, familiar symbolism, and convenience in handling.
This is a marvelous combination for any Tarot deck.
Complete Details of Wonderland TarotCreators: Morgana Abbey
Publisher: US Games 1989
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Rider-Waite-Smith
Minor Arcana Style: RWS-Based Scenes
Suits: Hats, Oysters, Flamingos, Peppermills
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess,The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Size: 2.40 x 3.94 in. = 6.10cm x 10.00cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Light pink with a thin white border. Three rows of black vines with green leaves and red flowers.
Companion Material: Little white booklet by Christopher Abbey in early editions. Includes a little personal history about the deck. Majors are interpreted both traditionally and within the realm of Wonderland. Minors have standard lists of divinatory meanings. A "final thoughts" section in the end presents Abbey's thoughts on both those who view Tarot as an evil tool, and those who revere it as infallible. Later editions has a standard little white booklet.
Similar Decks to Wonderland TarotTheme: Books & Literature, Children
Category: Tarot Decks from the 1980s
Creator: Wonderland Tarot in a Tin by Morgana Abbey