by Lunaea Weatherstone, Massimiliano Filadoro, Giulia Massaglia, Barbara Nosenzo
published by Lo Scarabeo
A beautiful Tarot deck dedicated to the Belle Epoque artist Alphonse Mucha. It comes in a beautifully illustrated, well structured box, with a lid that comes off to reveal the cards and a booklet that is quite comprehensive compared to those that come with other Tarot decks. The cards are a pretty standard size (12x7cm) and of an excellent card stock.
All the familiar characters are here, rendered in Mucha's flowing and ethereal style, some with a bit of a twist (like The Fool being female). These are lovely cards to use, with a gentle energy which nevertheless maintains the tradition and symbolism of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck.
This is a really lovely deck to use. The images are relevant and have their own flowing energy to bring to readings. However there are a couple of things to have in mind:
- Each card is numbered. While there is no text on any of the cards, the suits and the major Arcana are differerentiated by different borders (colour and style) and symbols at the bottom of each card (numbers for the major aracana). THe cards are easily recognisable if you are already familiar with Rider-Waite-Smith inspired decks and it's easy to look up each card by number and suit, but this may be something to consider.
- The image used for the back of the cards, while very beautiful, is not reversible. The booklet also does not offer interpretations for card reversals