Tarot of the Sacred Feminine (Lo Scarabeo, 2014). On the one hand, I like both the premise and the artwork. On the other, there are some pretty strange associations on some of the cards and the LWB is pretty useless.
Take the Empress, who is
she? Could be Hathor, could be Eve, or could be a generalised depiction
of motherly plenty with her breasts spilling milk, her womb flowing
with blood, and a child in her arms. The LWB doesn't say...
for the Queen of Pentacles, this normally earthy woman floats above a
somewhat stormy sea, with an eagle by her side. Above the float six
golden eggs with a bright, jewel-blue one at the apex. I guess I can
see a recommendation to gather a nest egg, and hence use your resources
wisely. Still, she is not an obvious choice for the practical,
nurturing Queen of Pents.
Likewise, the Four of Swords
with its sleeping warrior watched over by the Fates works well. It
portrays the idea of needing some downtime, whether to recover or in
preparation. And it reminds us of the power of external factors, and of
our own ability to cope with what life throws at us, so long as we can
While this isn't what I'd call a plug'n'play deck, easy to
read straight out of the box, it clearly is RWS-based. And it is one I
feel would work well for spiritual readings, as well as repaying an