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Daughters of the Moon Tarot - tarot decks

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  • The Daughters of the Moon Tarot is a feminist deck that shows only women on its round cards. The art of the 75 cards (the court cards have only Maiden, Mother and Crone) is vibrant, uplifting and positive.


Specifications
Name Daughters of the Moon Tarot
Creators Ffiona Morgan
Publisher Daughters of the Moon 2000
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 75
Major Arcana 23
Minor Arcana 52
Deck Tradition Feminist
Minor Arcana Style Unique Scenes Without Suit Symbols
Cups, Blades, Flames, Pentacles Court Cards
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Size 5.25 x 5.25 in. = 13.34cm x 13.34cm
Card Language English
Card Back Round


Reviews

The most noticeable feature of this deck is that instead of having the conventional rectangular card shape, it has circular cards. This certainly gives away quite quickly the theme of the deck to those who are familiar with the first round Tarot deck, the Motherpeace.

This deck is a feminist deck. It is aimed at women, mainly women within 'alternative' religions such as Wicca and its offshoot, Dianism, and thus includes the names and images of Goddesses from different cultures in the cards. It is also apparant from looking through the deck that there are very few men pictured in the cards, with the only two men being found in one of the Lovers cards and in the Pan card. (Explained later!) The women in this deck are all shapes, sizes, and colour, and it is certainly refreshing to see women's bodies portrayed so openly and honestly. Often in Tarot decks, we find that the only nudity is that of beautiful, young, lithe bodies, which, although is often pleasing to the eye, does not give an accurate view of the human body at all. The nudity in this deck is frank and very present: there are very few cards without nudity.

The Daughters of the Moon changes many conventions of a traditional Tarot deck. One of the main changes is to the Major Arcana, which seem to me to be very haphazard in their naming and organisation. Whilst some Majors bear the traditional name and also have the name of a Goddess on them, eg- The Sun/Amaterasu, some of them bear different but recognisable names, eg- The Magician becomes the Witch, without the name of a Goddess on it, but some have totally different titles, eg- The Fool is changed to the Dreamer. Still others of the Majors bear only the name of a Goddess, as shown in the World card, which is called, 'Shakti The Life Dancer'. Despite this apparent haphazardness, the new titles are well-chosen, and the Goddesses bring across the meanings of the cards well.

Often, the Majors side-track from the traditional Rider-Waite meanings, and there is very little traditional imagery in this deck. The same is true for the Minors, where it is not uncommon to come across a card which has had its meaning totally changed. For instance, the 10 of Swords in this deck, instead of showing the traditional dead man with 10 swords in his back, shows a group of women in a teepee having what looks like a very nice and spiritual meeting. The Minors sometimes have keywords on them, but not always, and, like the Majors are quite haphazard: some bear the names of Goddesses, some don't. All bear their title though, and in this deck the Suits have only been changed slightly: Whilst Cups and Pentacles remain the same, Swords have become Blades and Wands have become Flames.

The cards of the Major Arcana have been changed drastically, so that there is no Emperor or High Priest, but two Lovers cards and 3 different versions of the Devil. The Emperor and High Priest are, according to the book that can be bought about this deck, included in the Empress and High Priestess respectively. The Lovers cards include one for heterosexual couples, and one for lesbian couples, although I was very disappointed to fine that there was not one for homosexual male couples: But given the theme of this deck, it is understandable that the creator did not include one! The Devil cards each have a slightly different meaning, and it could be useful to use all three cards together: The first one is Coyote Woman, the Trickster, which takes on the meaning of trickery and duplicity. The second is Oppression, and takes on the traditional meaning of the Devil card. The last is Pan, which, according to the book, embraces the male side of things, showing the importance of the male in the world. It's good to see that men are not left out totally from this deck, although it is a shame that the creator could not bring herself to include men more widely, considering they are a part of the world and our lives, whether we are Feminist or not.

The Court Cards have also been changed drastically. Instead of the four traditional courts of King, Queen, Knight and Page, this deck has Maiden, Mother, Crone. Each of the Court cards is named after a Goddess, which is certainly a help in reading the Courts from thsi deck, as long as you know what each Goddess represents! It is an interesting change, but one that some may say brings this deck one step closer to not being called a Tarot deck at all!

The artwork in this deck is very attractive: bold, colourful, and varied. Some cards bear a rather tribal feel to them, whilst others use very modern imagery, and still others bear a geometric design to illustrate meaning. It is refreshing to see images of a tribal woman gathering water juxtaposed with images of a wheelchair race! Each card is made even more colourful by the borders, which are not dependent on Suit or number, but seem to be randomly assigned, and make suffling this deck wonderful: as if you were shuffling a rainbow.

In conclusion however, despite this deck's beauty and interesting take on the world and Tarot, I would not recommend it to many people. There are many elements of it that may anger men, people who are not feminist, and people who are easily offended. This deck has an extremely feminist agenda, which is interesting to study, but not so easy to read with. This deck certainly is not for a beginner, as it takes quite a while to work out the correlations between the cards in this deck and the cards of more traditonal decks, although I do know of people who can read very effectively with Daughters of The Moon. This deck comes painfully close to being classified as a Divination Deck and not a Tarot deck because of the changes it makes, but despite all this it is certainly one for the collector!


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