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Home > Books & Reviews > Decks > Quest Tarot Search

Tarot Deck Review:
The Quest Tarot

Author: Joseph Ernest Martin Book and Cards Set
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: January 2003
ISBN: 0738701955
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The Quest Tarot and its accompanying book immediately caught my interest with it's beautiful computer generated art, and though the pack is $34.95/USD or $53.95/CAD I couldn't resist it. Tarot and computers are two interests close to my heart and spirituality.

The deck and book carry some unique qualities. First, the deck has mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, instead of your usual kings, queens, knights, and pages. The ordering is different as well - the mothers are higher then the fathers, and the daughters higher then the sons (rather then the kings before queens and knights before pages as we usually find). Instead of pentacles or coins we have stones. The artist/author has added a major arcana card - the multiverse - and there are a few other minor changes to the major arcana. Alchemy replaces Temperance, and Aeon replaces Judgment. Each card has a keyword as well that clearly reminds you of its meaning. The court cards have a system for clearly showing the eye, hair, and skin colour of the person they represent. And as mentioned, all art in the deck is computer generated - very surreal fantasy work, quite beautiful and complex.

The book, called The Compass, comes with instructions on how to determine clear and exact timelines (down to the hour as well as the day, and month), answer yes or no questions, and spell out words with the cards. It also explains how to use symbols on each card such as Runes, I Ching, Hebrew letters, gemstones, and astrological signs and planets. It thoroughly describes spreads including the three-card, celtic cross, and the quest spread. The deck comes with a blank card to decorate as your significator, and the book describes how to use it and how to take care of your cards, a unique way of shuffling, and a cleansing ritual.

All in all the deck is beautiful, and versatile, and the book shares some very interesting ideas and insights as well as clear instructions as to how to keep, clean, and use the deck. This is clearly a unique deck and would interest those who draw on various symbols and systems, or who enjoy complex computer generated artwork.

Reviewed by Rain

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