Hanson-Roberts Tarot Cards

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Pack information: 78 cards with 51 page mini booklet 
Card dimensions: 100 x 60 mm
Authors: Mary Hanson-Roberts
Minor Arcana cards individually illustrated? Yes

They say: Full pictorial images on all 78 cards in the Rider-Waite tradition. Mary Hanson-Roberts gives new relevance to tarot with her magnificent illustrations.

Staff Review by Brett Almond

Some decks leave you with the idea that some of the paintings have been rushed in order to get the deck finished! Sometimes there is a feeling that the designer skipped a few corners or symbols along the way. But certainly not this deck! The pictures are beautifully drawn and have a lovely character but also manage to maintain a universal appeal. In almost every picture you will recognize the influence of the Rider Waite Tarot but I believe these cards have added to and enriched these original meanings rather than plagiarized them.

These cards are a little smaller than normal sized Tarot cards but are not small enough to be termed pocket sized. If the pictures appeal to you then you can't go wrong with this deck..

Guest Review by Brian Stevenson

The images in this deck are reminiscent of Victorian and Edwardian artists' colourful and romanticised views of Mediaeval Europe. The rich clothing worn by the characters and the detailed backgrounds show the influence of Pre-Raphaelite painters and many of the pictures would not look out of place in an art gallery.

Almost every card in this deck contains at least one beautifully drawn portrait. The faces of all the people are full of expression, meaning and life. More importantly, all their faces radiate a definite feeling of humanity. There is a sense that these are real people in symbolic situations and readers who receive psychic information from Tarot cards will find that the people depicted in the cards may seem to communicate directly with them. The facial expressions are capable of being interpreted in more than one way and this adds to the cards appeal. For example, the face of the Page of Cups can be interpreted in several different ways, including surprise, apprehension and the realisation of hidden potential.

Some of the more traditional tarot images have been softened in this pack. For example, in Judgement the Angel is usually shown blowing a trumpet over people who are rising from their graves or from coffins. In the Hanson-Roberts, the family are shown standing in a shallow pool of water as the Angel reaches out to their outstretched hands.

Mary Hanson-Roberts has obviously taken the Rider-Waite as a starting point, but she has gone on to develop the images from the Rider-Waite into something entirely new and original. The deck will appeal to newcomers to the Tarot as well as to more experienced readers. Finally, I must mention the back of the cards. So often the design on the reverse seems to have been devised almost as an afterthought. This is not the case with this deck, where the reverse depicts an interesting and beautiful Art-Nouveau design.

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  • 5
    Warm subtle energies

    Posted by Charlaine, USA on 18th Dec 2009

    The Hanson Roberts tarot cards are lovely and their warm, subtle energies inspire confidence for the first time or inexperienced tarot user. The joy of holding the cards made my hands go very warm as the energies seep through the pack in a tangible and thought provoking way.

    There is even a friendly aura emanating even from the few “scary” Majors as the scenes are softened by the artist’s skill at drawing the eye to the gentler aspects of these cards inner meanings.

    I have drawn Strength several times during personal readings and the look on the lion’s face and the expression on the woman, tell a million words.

    Likewise with the Ten of Cups I can almost “hear” the children chuckling as the tranquil scene unfolds and the interpretation becomes clearer. The cards are comfortable to handle and easy to lay out in the chosen spread. A pleasure to have and I highly recommend.

  • 5
    Excellent Service, Great Artwork

    Posted by Sue W on 16th Feb 2006

    What an excellent service you provide!  Fast speedy delivery and well packaged. I will certainly order again! The Hanson-Roberts Tarot Cards are smaller than usual with great artwork and the quality is excellent.  Some beginners at tarot reading might find these cards easier to use than the full size.

  • 5
    Easy to Interpret

    Posted by Kayleigh on 6th Aug 2005

    I have used these cards for several months now and I have found them easy to interpret. I love these cards as a I have been very successful with them and I have many compliments on these cards. I tend to let my clients choose the cards which they are drawn to, and have found that most often these cards are picked. I am very happy with my buy and would like to see more cards from the wonderful women who spent such a long time working on these cards.