Friday, 11 April 2014

Spirit of Flowers Tarot Overview

As I mentioned on Monday, this deck, although pretty, does not really cut it for me as a reading deck.  It has clearly been well researched, with meanings given for every flower.  And yet, the flower meanings don't always match either the stated card meaning or any traditional notion of the tarot meaning.  Furthermore, all the cards show a flower and a fairy, with little or no additional symbolism other than for the Majors.

Temperance, for instance, has some of the traditional symbolism you'd expect: an angelic-looking fairy dressed all in white and pouring liquid from one container (a jug) into another (the 'cup' of a pink/red flower).  The jug/flower work to suggest the combining of different elements, the notion of balancing, and the sense of healing often found in this card. 

As for the LWB, I find it more bizarre than helpful: "Temperance: Lily
In the language of flowers: innocent love.
Recovery, readjustment, peace, harmony, cooperation, frugality, friendship, study, chastity, friend, young man."

 
"Young man"?!  Really?  And "friend" also isn't something I've ever connected to this card.  I guess I can see the links to recovery, peace, harmony, frugality and even chastity, but overall this is one of those rather useless Lo Scarabeo LWB's.

The Courts work rather less well as cards in my eyes than the Majors, given they all show pretty, young fairies.  Take the Queen of Pentacles.  Her earthiness comes across a little through the choice of colours (yellow, green and brown), and the location.  Though given the flower theme, all the scenery is 'outdoorsy'.  However, other than that there is nothing to symbolise her practicality, her nurturing or ability to make the most of what she has to hand.  She's just a pretty, yellow, butterfly fairy with a pair of yellow flowers behind her :(

I quite like the Aces, though once again, if you see them in the context of the rest of the deck they are more of the same: pretty fairy with a flower.  Still, if we take the Ace of Wands, the choice of shape and colour works well for me.  She seems to be emerging, somewhat prickly, and full of fire and enthusiasm.

The number cards are the weakest of the deck, in my opinion.  As here, with the Ten of Swords, there is nothing in the symbolism to suggest endings, pain, overkill, or drama, any of which I would expect to see in this card.  While the LWB does give pain as one keyword, it also states that the Hawthorn represents hard-fought love *confused face*  And the picture just has a pretty blonde fairy under a bow of hawthorn blossom, looking happy as can be - bah!

For those who read purely on the basis of suit and number, this would still be a readable deck.  However, if you like to actually look at the card images, or have prompts from them, then this probably isn't a deck for you.

2 comments:

  1. Yes, I see what you mean here. In a lot of these decks, they only go so far, it seems. It often feels as if they've just been whipped out.

    There are many LoS decks which I do like (Fey, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Klimt, Circle of Life, Wheel of Life, Dame Fortunes Wheel) that it is a shame when this kind of thing is put out. A lot of their decks are very artistically sophisticated (Sweet Twilight) but a lot don't have so much meat in the sandwich in terms of readability (Art Nouveau).

    I love the old traditional illustrations of fairies. I have a book of them here. It is a shame that this was not more like that, but with mood reflected in their surroundings, colour, facial expression. Another wasted opportunity :(

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    1. Yes, I had a book of old flower fairy drawings as a kid :) As you say, a shame that these fairies don't represent much in their face and posture, and do look rather stilted.

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