Circle of Life Tarot Cards - with Artwork by Maria Distefano
An Excerpt From the Included Booklet
The circle of Life Tarot is a round deck of cards. Circles, themselves are important symbols. They represent cycles, a completed series of events. Our Earth revolves around the sun with four seasons and one complete rotation creates a whole cycle. Our lives also contain cycles as well. We are born, we grow and learn, we make our own way, and then we die. Tarot also contains cycles, with the Major Arcana describing The Fool's Journey from creation to reunion with the world. Each Minor Arcana describes the cycles of the seasons, and the feelings we get from being inside those cycles.
Circles delineate space in many spiritual practices. Circles are a sacred symbol that remind us that we are all connected and that there really is no end and no beginning, that everything flows into each other from one step to the next. Circles are used to protect us as we make magic and do divination.
Many tarot readers enjoy using round tarot decks because their shape gives the images more flexibility. Traditional square tarots with their four corners can feel rigid and inflexible. Round cards, then, provide a creative solution for a wider range of meanings than a binary meaning.
Included in the Deck: Contains 78 circular cards, plus a small instruction booklet.
Size of Cards: Roughly 110 mm (nearly 4.5 inches) in diameter.
Staff Review by Mel Hurst
The Circle of Life Tarot is a beautiful deck with lovely colourful artwork full of fairies, elves and other mystical creatures and characters. I've never come across a circular deck before but these are certainly something different, they're very easy to hold (individually).. It's little more difficult when holding them all together! Each card is full of wonder with beautiful designs, the deck itself is quite varied but there's lots to appreciate.
The except from the booklet above doesn't completely do the deck justice; it sounds a little vague as the text as been translated from another language and the sentences are quite short but the message just about comes through. What is means (or what I feel it means at least!) is that the circle is a universal symbol, and has been used since ancient times to represent all parts of life; from being born, growth and death.. We are born, we grow and learn, we make our own ways, and then we die. All points are equidistant from the centre, a place where the is no beginning and no end.
A lot of Lo Scarabeo inclusive booklets can be quite small with very minimal text, but this happens to be larger than most. It has a small description for each card, but it also explains the meanings and how to use the cards; obviously if you'd like something more comprehensive then it's best to buy an accompanying tarot book but I quite like the booklet.
Guest Review by Vernon Marshall
I am a lover of tarot cards and I am the owner, unashamedly, of about 30 decks. I have tried to use them all, so I have a good idea which decks work well. I thought I could no longer find anything new and different. This deck, I am happy to say, is different.
The artwork is impressive, very colourful, and also very evocative. It is difficult to describe the artwork. The depictions are not exactly cartoons, but they have a certain ethereal quality that makes them out as something other than simply beautiful cameos.
The deck is not difficult to use. Firstly, the accompanying book is brief and simple, making this tarot deck a good choice for the beginner, although it should not be restricted to such users. There is just one divining method suggested, the Life Cycle, and it can be learned in no time at all.
Secondly, the cards are just the right size, large enough to read but not so large as to be difficult to handle, which is, alas, the case with a number of decks. The deciding factor for some users will be the shape of the cards. They are round. This may not be unique as there are other round decks, the Tarot of the Cloisters for example, but the shape has mixed blessings. There can be no inverted cards, for example, this being good in some cases but a problem in others. The symbolism of the shape works for me, however.
Life is a circle and this, together with the antipathy I have to sharp edges and straight lines, makes for an excellent deck.
Beginners, seasoned tarot practitioners, and users of tarot for purposes of meditation, will all find this deck of high quality. I will certainly be making good use of mine.
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