The Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals by Helmut G. Hofmann
About the Deck
A mystical combination of the wisdom of Tarot, plus the magical powers of gemstones and crystals. In this particular deck, the symbolism of the Tarot figures is expressed through the corresponding precious stones or metals. As a special feature of this Tarot, the cards which have been drawn can also be used to resolve the respective task or situation by using, carrying, or wearing the stones or metals described.
The Minor Arcana consists of 4 groups of colours: Wands symbolize energy and the fire element, cups symbolize emotions and the water element, swords symbolize the mind and the air element, coins symbolize the material
world and the earth element.
Pack Information: 78 cards with a small instruction booklet
Size of Cards: 70 x 110 mm
Staff Review by Brett Almond
There are literally hundreds and hundreds of Tarot card decks on the market. At Holisticshop we prefer not to take on decks that are badly thought out, lack imagination or seem to be made for the sake of producing yet another Tarot deck with some 'amazing' new theme. So I would expect a Tarot featuring exclusively photographs of crystals and minerals in various states to fall at least into one of those categories!
I ordered a range of single packs to assess which we should take on next. I must admit that I did not imagine we would be taking this pack on. But on spending some time with it and doing a couple of readings I came to quite respect it.
Divination is a feeling art, something that changes from spread to spread. We need to use words like 'feels like, reminds me of etc.' and I feel this deck puts you right in that place. It is clear a lot of time and effort has gone into creating these photos. When reading I found myself interpreting the feelings of the cards quite quickly and only really looking at what each card represented afterwards. I did a reading for myself and found it very refreshing and enriching.
I am not saying these cards are for everyone. I would say they are only for you if you feel inspired by them and feel you would like to work in this way. I think they would make an excellent second deck for many because of their insistence on using your intuition and because they push you into trusting more that you really are able to do this art! So I would have to give a rather surprising endorsement of the gemstones deck.
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