It's been a while since I allowed myself a new deck - I mean, heck, I've been selling off or trading nearly every deck that I owned except for a few special decks. This past week I traded with a fellow tarot reader for a couple of decks that I never would have considered on my own, but that I felt pretty drawn to. Take a look at the Everyday Witch Tarot with me.
The Everyday Witch Tarot is published by Llewellyn and was created by Deborah Blake. The artwork is by Elisabeth Alba. First let me rave about the packaging! These cards come in a really sturdy glossy box, where the flap that goes over the side closes with a magnetic closure. This is a box that I am really proud to have out on display, and it is a fantastic departure from the normal flimsy boxes that tend to come with these sets. The set includes the 78 cards and a 216 page full color guidebook!
I'll start with the book. It is really very beautiful. Each card is spotlighted, and the best part? The whole book is in FULL COLOR! What a nice surprise, as most books are in black and white or greyscale. The book starts off with some basic info on how to do a reading, and a few frequently asked questions. Where the book really shines though is in the card pages. Each card has a full color picture, quote, and information on the card meaning. Because Deborah is a Wiccan High Priestess the additional little parts of each scene really shine. The book emphasizes empowerment, which works really well with my personal reading style.
The backs of the cards are dark blue, with cats and brooms and a witches hat. This is where my main complaint with the set comes in. The cards feel flimsy, and are not fantastic card stock. It almost feels like the bulk of the money was spent on creating the box and the book - with the cards almost being an afterthought. That being said I really like the images. They are simple and down to earth, with images based on the Rider Waite system. This makes it easy for new and seasoned readers alike to connect with these cards. I particularly love that there is a little cat somewhere on pretty much every card.
The colors are as they should be - warm reds, lush greens and cool blues. The drawing style is simple yet powerful. I really am so in love with these cards! I've thumbed through the deck, and already I can tell that there are some cards that I just instantly connect with. My favorite so far? The Moon card. On this card we see a witch flying on her broom, the epitome of what everyone thinks of when they first hear witch. What I was delighted with though was not the witch, but rather her familiar. Her trusty black cat stares into the pool of water, and instead of seeing a plain little cat instead sees the reflection of a great panther! The mood of the card is one of mysteriousness, with a little hint of the wild thrown in. Very fitting for the moon card, which traditionally shows us dogs as the paragons of tame and wild. It asks us if we are torn between what is safe and predictable and that which is unknown... Can both co-exist?
At the end of the day I am really happy with this set, and I use it quite often in readings. Definitely well worth the money!
24 years of tarot experience, 20 years experience as a mom, and a lifetime of knowledge is just rattling around in here!