Mystical Cats Tarot (Llewellyn, 2014), authored by Lunea Weatherstone and with beautiful artwork by Mickie Mueller, is the latest in a long line of cat-themed tarots. While I'll admit I'm a total cat-lover, I also think this is a good, readable deck. While perhaps not as true to the cat's perspective as the Cat's Eye Tarot (US Games, 2011), it has a lot of lovely features, useful symbolism and is very evocative.
Take the High Priestess; this elegant grey cat sits in an amethyst cave,
outside of which a crescent moon glows in a starry sky. Amethyst is a
crystal associated with intuition, and with the crown chakra. Hence
also with wisdom and a spiritual connection to the Universe. Between
that and the crescent moon, there's plenty of symbolism that speaks to
The Court cards are another interesting and well
thought out aspect of the deck. Recently, Steve of Tiferet Tarot
bemoaned decks with no apparent age difference in the Courts. In the
Mystical Cats Tarot these are indicated by having a Kitten/Page
(definite squee factor!), a Tom/Knight, and then the Queens and Kings.
As seen with this Fire Tom (the suits are given elemental titles in line
with the most frequent traditional attributions, though Air is titled
Sky), the Toms show nicely the dynamic nature of the Knights. Here, the
Tom wends his way between a plethora of burning candles, all without
setting his tail on fire. His focus is on one candle in particular, but
who knows how long that will last...
Finally, we have the Minors. As we saw on Monday, and as we see here in the Eight of Sky (Swords), these are
RWS-based. A grey cat seems trapped by the branches of a fallen bough.
Meanwhile, eight bats fly towards hir through a darkening sky. If s/he
could get beyond the fear s/he could work hir way out between the
branches. And so, it is not the branches or the bats that trap hir, but
hir own thoughts and fears.
Altogether, I find this deck very
cute, and also full of wonderful symbolism and ideas that echo
the traditional, while also allowing intuitive readings of the cards.
It has many cat-centered delights and pearls of wisdom to share.