|About this item
- The Pagan Otherworlds Tarot is a high quality deck in every aspect, from artwork to the printing quality. It has 84 cards -
- it includes one extra major arcana and five unique 'Luna' cards - with spare but powerful illustrations with the feel of
- Renaissance art.
Pagan Otherworlds Tarot
2.95 x 5.12 in. = 7.50cm x 13.00cm
Otherworlds Tarot deck is that from the moment it is unwrapped, it
becomes a very tactile experience. The box alone is worth
several minutes of attention. There is a feeling of age to
the box. Like it’s one that would have been tucked
away among some trinkets in an attic. The slight
embossing of the gold is endless entertaining to just run
your fingers over. The striking blue and gold is only
broken by the red seal at the top of the box denoting it
as the first edition of a deck sure to extend into
many further editions. (Savvy collectors might do well
with opening the box from the opposite end.) Whichever
end you decide to open, please stop and take note of
the subtle green tone to the inside of the box.
Details, details, details.
The deck itself runs
about a 1/4 inch taller and a hair’s breadth wider than a
standard Rider-Waite-Smith deck and fills out at about a 1/4 thicker than
the aforementioned tarot. That being said, the card
stock is sumptuous. Revealing only a hint of gloss in
what the local paint supply store might refer to as
eggshell. The linen finish is just another in the many
examples of the textile nature of the deck. It adds an
almost lush, art canvas feel to the individual cards.
And then the art of the deck is another thing all to
itself. It's rare to get a deck of original art done in a
more classical style of painting, rather then the
mostly comic book or Ren-Faire stock we get today. It's
almost shocking to see well loved figures portrayed in
such a quiet and austere way. Presented here, the
borders on the cards resemble that of the borders of the
painters canvas, only enhanced by the detail given to its
tactile finish as mentioned above.
The use of rainbow
holographic gold on the lunar cards is just enough. The broken
pattern of golden flecks shimmer softly in candle light.
Enough to add just a whisper of magic to the readings
when they appear.
The shuffle is good,
real good. The
cards have a core to them that you can tell is going to
stand up a great deal of wear before giving into the
effects of time. Then the spread shows the meat of the
deck. The art.
The characters in the art have a quiet
strength that I have seen in very few decks. Gone are the
layers of Kabbalah, away are the astrology symbols and
Judeo-Christian robes and accoutrements. Stripped of these the
cards come forth in their core beings. Here are proud
figures with pasts, presents and futures. Places hewn
from rock and objects worn with time. People that have
seen a few things and know secrets.The most striking
one will notice when landing out the cards is the
masterful use of negative space in the paintings.
fuss has been made by this deck in the past few months
and I must say that it was all worth it. The creative
team of Linnea and Peter have brought a style and
sophistication to the tarot world that few others have done.
Nothing in the production was done without great detail.
The clean line ascetic of their BrUt Tarot and the
upcoming Eros watercolor deck show the range that this
company is willing to show.
Pagan Otherworlds may not
be everyones cup of tea. There are those that like a
magpie collection of symbols and images to grab and so
this deck may look to be too plain. For those of us
that use quiet intuition and enjoy looking at the
details of the whole picture and how the web is woven from
card to card decks like this will be cherished.