Artist: Karen Vogel & Vicki Noble
Publisher: US Games Systems
Publication date: December 1993
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Last week CatLord and I shopped at a local flea market where a good friend shares a table that has pagan supplies, handmade soap and incenses along with the more normal flea items. I picked up the mini sized version of Karen Vogel's and Vicki Noble's Motherpeace round tarot deck.
The deck is about half the size of the original, and while it has the standard 78 cards and the usual suits of discs (earth/north), cups (water/west), swords (air/east) and wands (fire/south), the authors have revised much of the traditional content to reflect their womyn-centric point-of-view and the standard wiccan elements-to-quarters correspondences. At first I didn't like the deck, but it's growing on me.
The biggest change in the major arcana is that the hermit is the crone and the authors' reference it as reflecting a turning within rather than the more standard looking for guidance from without. Given my current frame of mind over losing my job, I found it interesting that this card came up when I first threw my standard 3-card past-present-future spread.
Their other big departure is in the court cards. They use daughter (earth), son (air), priestess (water) and shaman (fire). Depending on the suit you get different elemental combinations. For example, in the suit of wands the daughter signifies water/fire and in the discs, the shaman points to fire/earth.
Much of the art departs from the more usual Rider-Waite euro-centric designations, so for tarot purists, this deck is not a good choice. But as I said, it's growing on me. This morning it reminded me of an Amerind deck I like called the Medicine Deck. For many folks both decks might seem eclectic fluff, but for me the radical differences seem to be jarring whatever needs jarred in my complacency.
Whether you agree with the authors' departure from orthodoxy or not, the deck is worth a look for it's beautiful drawing and color. For me, this will be more of a meditation deck than a reading deck. As with the Jungian tarot, something keeps pulling me into the cards.
Reviewed by Seasons