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Linestrider Tarot - tarot decks

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About this item
  • The Linestrider Tarot is a 78-card deck of linestriders - those who live their lives straddling two worlds, ideas, mental
  • states or realities. This deck takes that concept and merges it with Rider-Waite style tarot symbolism to create beautiful
  • and evocative cards.

Name Linestrider Tarot
Creators Siolo Thompson
Publisher Llewellyn 2016
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 78
Major Arcana 22
Minor Arcana 56
Suits Wands, Swords, Cups, Pentacles
Court Cards Page, Knight, Queen, King
Card Size 2.76 x 5.00 in. = 7.00cm x 12.70cm
Card Language English
Card Back Reversible
Back Design Mirrored Rorschach-like design in pale blues and greys.
Companion Material 274 page guidebook by artist and creator, Siolo Thompson.

In folklore an edge separates the visible world from the invisible world on so many levels, and Linestriders are those magical people who seek to live their lives or draw their knowledge from both sides of the line, or edge. Linestriding is about walking lines that separate ideas, disciplines, mental states, worlds, and realities.

With solid foundations in the Waite-Smith tarot tradition, the Linestrider Tarot both expands and reduces the imagery of Pamela Coleman Smith's classic deck. Humans appear on roughly half the cards in this tarot, and it is animals that take up the slack, fulfilling the roles generally taken by humans in many Rider-Waite-Smith based decks. With an extraordinarily sensual and sensitive touch artist Siolo Thompson depicts humans as mysterious and dreamy, and animals as canny, intelligent beings.

This is a classic 78 card tarot, with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. It is fully illustrated. The structure of the deck is conventional – there are no renamed Major Arcana, and the minor Arcana suits are Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. The Court cards consist of Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

The cards measure 70 x 127 mm which makes them a fairly average sized deck. They have a nice weight and fit easily into one's hands. The card stock is quite heavy yet flexible, with a smooth, low gloss finish. The print quality is very good. This deck has very finely detailed images with subtle and delicate colouring – which is perfectly reproduced. The artwork is an odd mixture of minimalism, watercolour, comic art, delicate pencil work, and realism/figurativism. The images have much open and blank background space; the foreground images are deceptively simple with layers of watercolour and pencil work creating symbols which are cleverly worked into the liminal-space-central-figures. The artist's palette is broad – lots of white, with sepia and grey being the primary colours used to define the images. The details have been added in a wide spectrum of colour – brilliant and fiery reds, oranges, and yellows, with pale pinks and lavenders, watery greens, and oceanic blues.

Given that the central illustrations exist in white space, effectively forming a vast border for each image, an actual clearly defined border would be both irrelevant and ugly on these imaginative and mysterious images. The design on the back of the cards – Rorschach-like watercolour blots over pale grey owls – is reversible.

The Linestrider Tarot and guidebook “The Linestrider’s Journey” come packaged together as a box set. The large white box is printed with images from the deck and information about the cards, however it is made of fairly flimsy cardboard which is not sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of frequent transport and rough handling. Nor is it a slim little package, rather it is quite bulky. The cards come wrapped in plastic but storage for the cards (such as a tarot box or purse) will need to be supplied by the card’s new owner.

The 274 page guidebook is written by the Linestrider Tarot’s artist and creator Siolo Thompson. 'About the Deck' explains the ideas behind the deck, detailing what inspired the concept of Linestriding. It also contains something of a potted autobiography from Siolo Thompson. ‘Handling the Deck’ gives the Seeker some tips on how to use and store the deck, including whom one allows to handle their cards. This is followed by some interesting information about ‘Reading the Cards’, which includes techniques such as Exalting Aces, and the influence of The Tower on readings, as well as a brief discussion about reading reversed cards. A sub-chapter on layouts covers a three-card spread, a five-card spread, and astrological spread; as well as numerology, and plant correspondences.

Each card has its own chapter featuring a black-and-white reproduction of the card and lengthy exposition on the deeper meaning of the illustration and its symbols. Divinatory meanings are given for both upright and reversed cards. While these meanings fall well within the bounds of conventional interpretations they are nonetheless insightful, wise, and compassionate. Each chapter closes with a short list of correspondences – astrological, numerological, and botanical for the Major Arcana; ‘Associated Birthdays’ replaces numerological correspondences for the Minor Arcana. The book’s conclusion is a graceful thank-you note to the new owner/purchaser of the deck, from the artist/author/creator of the Linestrider Tarot.

This is an absolutely gorgeous deck of imaginative and sensitively rendered cards. If you are looking for a deck that is not obsessively detailed but rather gives you the space to draw out your own visions then the Linestrider Tarot is perfect for you. If you are a fan of watercolour work, or just a beautiful art in general then have a close look at this deck. If you are looking for a tarot deck with plenty of animal symbolism then this deck is worth considering. While I would not recommend the Linestrider Tarot for absolute beginners, those with a bit of experience, or adepts and old hands will find this deck easy to master and a pleasure to use. The Linestrider Tarot is highly recommended.

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