From the Deck: The Goddess Tarot is a celebration of the Divine Feminine. Drawing inspiration from the many goddess honoured throughout history and all over the globe, award-winning author and artist Kris Waldherr has created an essential tool of empowerment and transformation. Waldherr is well known for her bestselling The Book of Goddesses, from which some of the art in The Goddess Tarot has been taken.
The Goddess Tarot uses goddess stories and imagery to update traditional tarot symbolism, addressing women's contemporary needs as well as a mythic past. The deck's 78 lush-ly illustrated cards are divided into Major and Minor Arcanas, with four suits within the Minor Arcana. Suits are related to a particular goddess and the path suggested by her story, giving each suit a potent resonance: cups are associated with Venus, the Roman goddess of love; swords with Isis, the great Egyptian goddess who represents the journey of loss and redemption; pentacles with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity; and staves with Freyja, the Norse goddess of creativity and beauty.
As rich in symbolism as it is in beauty, the 78-card Goddess Tarot deck is an instrument for personal growth and an essential tool of empowerment and transformation for women everywhere.
An Excerpt from the Mini Instruction Booklet: "My intention in creating the art and design for The Goddess Tarot was to create a tarot deck that would speak directly to women using our stories, while incorporating the archetypal power and symbols of the tarot. In this way The Goddess Tarot is meant as an accessible alternative deck for tarot readers already familiar with the popular Rider-Waite deck who seek a deeper experience of the Divine Feminine in their readings. It has been design to be readily accessible to lovers of goddesses and mythology without any tarot experience as well.
Whichever group you feel yourself affiliated with - tarot expert, goddess afficionado, or feminist - this offering of The Goddess Tarot is for you. As you work with The Goddess Tarot, I hope you will find it an essential instrument for personal growth - as well as the reclamation of the Divine Feminine." - Kris Waldherr
Authors: Kris Waldherr
Pack Information: A 78 card deck with a 43 page mini booklet.
Size of Cards: 120 x 87 mm
Are the Minor Arcana Cards Individually Illustrated? Yes
More Information About Goddesses
Celebrating goddesses offers a way of embracing and rediscovering female characteristics, of celebrating feminine abilities, thoughts and capabilities. It offers a form of spirituality that means something to women and celebrates their unique power and self-worth. Each goddess has her own characteristics and linking to the one that seems appropriate to you is said to help enhance those particularly qualities in your own life.
Staff Review by Brett Almond
It has to be said there are a lot of women in this deck! Men do get the occasional look in though! The Kings and the Princes (often referred to as knights in other decks) are men.
On first impressions when flicking through the cards they do seem a bit the same, but I think this is partly to do with the pastel shades of the paintings and also that each suit tends to have a similar women in each picture. For example in the suit of pentacles the women are fairly dark skinned with black hair, whereas in the suit of cups they are all golden headed and have fair skin.
The borders to the pictures are bit wide for me as this then gives the central picture less space. The major arcana is particularly impressive with its accomplished artwork and ideas. Each major arcana card is given a different name to the more orthodox names. For example the Fool is now Beginnings and is represented by the Goddess Tara, the Magician is now Magic and is represented by the Goddess Isis. The main direct Goddess connection is through these major arcana cards whereas the minor arcana don't refer specifically to Goddesses. I found the court cards to be a little limited in detail in comparison to the rest but in all a deck that really does manage to celebrate being a woman.
These cards are slightly wider than a normal sized deck.
Guest Review by Brian Stevenson
This impressive deck contains images which are gentle, beautiful and powerful. It is wonderfully illustrated, and in spite of drawing upon many different cultures, has an artistic unity. Each Major Arcana card has a different border that coincides with the Goddess on that card. Behind each border is a scene that depicts the Goddess's way of life. For example, the Love card represents the Roman Goddess Venus. This golden-haired courtesan is shown lounging on a couch, with pink roses clinging to her hair. She is draped in a flaming red gown. The ornate room behind her is full of character and there is considerable detail, such as a puppy asleep under the couch! Another dramatic Major Arcana card is Movement, depicted as the British horse Goddess Rhiannon. She rides a beautiful but unearthly white horse through a forest. Behind the border are stately gold columns with doves perched on top. Many readers will feel a psychic bond with all of these women and the multilayered detail in each card will reveal more than initially expected.
The Minor Arcana are also nicely illustrated, and each suit corresponds to a different Goddess. The illustrations seem to be influenced by the Rider-Waite, which makes them easier to interpret. All the Minor Arcana are labeled at the top with the title and across the bottom with the suit. The same format of white outer border and beige inner border is followed, with an inner border colour-coded to each suit. These wide borders do take up rather a lot of room and some readers may feel that they would have liked a bit more space given to the central illustration.
These cards are suitable for beginners and I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a deck that is pleasing to the eye and beautiful in spirit. They will particularly appeal to women as they are a wonderful way to bond through the centuries to a divine sisterhood of empowered women.
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