Author: Laura Tuan
Artist: Antonella Castelli
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: 2003
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The Spirit of Flowers Tarot deck consists of cards inspired by flowers. Each card depicts a different flower in lovely pastel colored artwork. The setting for the deck art is a world of child-like fae generally smaller than the plants surrounding them. The fae are often illustrated with, or even riding, small animals or insects. The artwork has a dream world effect that some will love and others will hate.
This deck is lovely, but the symbolism is more flower-oriented that standard Tarot-oriented. While the creators made an effort to incorporate some of the standard Tarot symbolism, especially in the Major arcana, I found the deck hard to use, perhaps because I do not speak the language of flowers. The minor arcana were particularly hard for me as the symbols of the suits are not present in the illustrations for the most part -- so the only way I could tell which suit I was looking at was by the color of the flowers (all flowers selected for a single suit are the same color) and the name printed on the card. I found this lack of standard Tarot symbolism distracting, although those who understand the symbolism of flowers may have less trouble as each card displays a specific flower.
This deck come with a small multi-lingual booklet describing the cards and giving very basic interpretation instructions and a single layout designed for the deck. This booklet does name the flower shown on each card and gives the meaning associated with that flower. While I liked the art of The Spirit of Flowers Tarot, I really could not read with this deck. Flowers are pretty, but they just don't speak to me divination-wise. If flowers speak to you, you'll want to take a look at this deck as you will probably have much better luck with it than I did.
Reviewed by Randall