Sacred Isle Tarot (self-published, 2014). Probably connected with the fanciful, almost dainty architecture of the palaces it shows.
The Emperor is a good example of this, with his fairytale castle in the background, more whimsical by far than the German castle it is based on. He looks appropriately solid, on his pillar-flanked throne and holding a golden ankh and a blue globe that matches the turrets behind him. There is a majesty to what he has built, or what he holds responsibility for. His slightly fierce expression reminds us that he takes his work seriously.
Another serious man, though with a rather less extravagant castle, greets us in the form of the King of Pentacles. His sumptuous robes are richly decorated in golden thread, and the colours about him are autumnal. On his table are a golden pentacle, but also the abundant fruits of his harvest. Elementally, he combines the red of fire with the brown of earth, a strong yet grounded leader.
Finally, the Eight of Pentacles adds a nice touch to the apprentice working on his skills. There is the suggestion of burning the candles at both ends, yet also the promise of what that effort can achieve: the impressive cathedral behind the young figure.
A quick word about the cards themselves. The cardstock is a nice thickness, flexible and not too bulky, but seeming sturdy enough to last. The cards are a little larger than most (8.5 x 13cms) and laminated only on the front, which lends them a slightly unusual feel. Altogether, a charming deck, though not one for those who are put off by nudity. Although not gratuitous, there are more naked, female pictures than in a traditional deck (for instance, in the Three of Wands), as well as both male and female full-frontal nudity on the Devil card.