Artist: Mauro De Luca
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: 2003
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As you can probably guess from the title, Tarot of Mermaids is a mermaid-themed tarot deck. There are lots of mermaids in this deck, but only a few "mermen." Although many of the illustrations are set underwater and therefore seem dark and moody to me, the artwork in this deck is very well done. You actually feel like the cards are a portal into the ocean. Well, into an ocean of legend.
While each card is fully illustrated and most of the cards convey their basic meaning well in these illustrations, the ocean setting does not lead itself to a great deal of symbolism. While the cards are not barren of symbols, you will not notice a new symbol ever time you study a card the way you can with some Tarot decks. What symbols there are are well thought out and fit the ocean setting. The only major drawback the illustrations will have for some is the large number of bare breasts -- but anyone buying a mermaid-themed deck should expect this "problem." While the deck is fairly normal, the suit names and items are different. There are shells instead of chalices, pearls instead of pentacles, oars instead of wands, and tridents instead of swords to better fit the theme of the deck.
This deck comes with a small multi-lingual booklet describing the cards and giving very basic interpretation instructions and a single layout designed for the deck. While the Tarot of Mermaids did not do a lot for me personally, I had no real problems reading with it. Mermaids just aren't my thing, I guess. If you like mermaids more than I do or are simply looking for an ocean or water-themed deck, you'll want to take a look at this deck.
Reviewed by Randall