Efflorescent Tarot (Katie Rose Pipkin, 2011). This is the colour version (it's also available in black-and-white), with the corners cut. I hate pointy corners, and cutting them is quite time consuming, so the extra £2.50 (less for the black-and-white) was definitely worth it in my eyes!
The deck is very much a RWS-clone, but with interesting pencil drawings and colour choices. The author also gives a lovely definition for her choice of name: efflorescent - bursting into flower.
Our first card is the Seven of Swords. The character here looks more sad than smug. Almost as though the ideas he has gathered do not cheer him, and he wishes he could just go back and re-join the group in the tents that he is leaving behind. The colouring of his robe is interesting, blue for communication, but focused around his throat and his arms. His actions also speak volumes... We could see him moving away with those swords as someone who withholds communication, taking his ideas with him rather than sharing them, keeping his thoughts to himself.
This card chimes with me this morning, in that I've just spent over an hour trying to communicate very carefully, without really giving away my true thoughts. And this in two different contexts! Yet, I notice again how sad he looks: this kind of diplomacy can take its toll, and I wonder if I should be a bit more upfront. It's hard, though, when you don't want to hurt someone's feelings...
I am grateful for friends and loved ones to vent to.