Pack information: 78 cards with booklet
Card dimensions: 66 x 120 mm
Authors: Severino Baraldi
They say: This Tarot has nine lives, just like cats. Simple and fun, a little irreverent but still faithful to the traditional symbols. An excellent deck even for beginners or those who want depth and lightheartedness. It's like reading the tarot with a cat. White, naturally.
More About the Symbol of the Cat
(With reference to the domesticated cat) Cats are creatures of the night, often sleeping and dreaming in the daytime while going out at night to hunt. Because of this association with the night they are often represented as mysterious and magical. Cats are often depicted with witches and this is often related to shape shifting - i.e. a witch taking the form of a cat when they wish to. Cats are often in fairy stories as wise or cunning creatures. In many traditions, such as in Egypt (see Bast), the cat was worshipped or held in very high esteem. To wear or have near you the symbol of cat is to state your intention to commune more with your deeper magical self and to connect more with your dreams. The energy of cat is mainly about intuition and accessing our subconscious.
Guest Review by Brian Stevenson
Although basing a deck entirely on 'White Cats' this might seem like a rather strange gimmick, this deck is in fact rather charming and very well thought out.
All of the images are based closely on the Rider-Waite, with almost all of the principal figures being white cats, dressed in bright and colourful medieval costumes. Most of the cats faces have been drawn so that they are full of life and expression. I particularly liked the rather smug appearance of the cat representing Justice and the bemused expression on the face of the cat in the 4 of Cups. Many of the cards are full of interesting and amusing detail. For example, The Fool is shown as a dog being attacked by a small cat; Strength shows a small pink-gowned white cat standing inside the mouth of a large lion and in The Sun, the young cat is cheerfully riding a child’s rocking horse.
In the accompanying booklet the deck’s author and designer set out their reasoning for basing a deck on white cats. In addition to containing a brief summary of the divinatory meanings, instructions are also given for a useful six-card 'Cats Eye' spread.
As it is so closely based on the Rider-Waite deck, I can recommend the deck to anyone, from complete beginners to experienced professionals. Of course, it does help if you also like cats, particularly white ones!
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