Tarot of Pagan Cats (Lo Scarabeo, 2010) and her two Book of Shadows decks (Lo Scarabeo, 2012, 2013).
latest creation, the Silver Witchcraft Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2014) is in
many ways like an amalgam of the two Book of Shadows decks. It is at
least as easy to read as the So Below deck, but with many of the more
esoteric aspects and Wiccan timing elements found in the As Above deck.
As such, it is both innovative and traditional, easy to read straight
out of the box, yet offering much extra information for those interested
in the Wiccan path.
In terms of the cards themselves, they definitely break the Lo Scarabeo mould!
They are borderless, with titles just in English. The artwork, too,
mixes innovation and tradition. All the Majors are easily
recognisable, with only one (the High Priest/Hierophant) having been
renamed. Each Major features a cube as a plinth, though they vary from
vine-covered to ethereal white, and many share a background, also. For
example, the Hermit features the same background as all the cards from
Strength to Temperance. This bearded old man with a lantern fits well with traditional archetypes, while adding an interesting element with his caduceus wand.
Courts all show berobed figures, in suit/element appropriate robes: red for Wands, blue for Chalices, yellow for Swords, and green for Pentacles.
There is nice variety in what they are doing, and the elements around
them. I really like this Page of Swords, for example, with a book floating above one hand, an athame in the other, and a sylph by her side. Being up amongst the clouds also clearly indicates her element: air.
As for the Minors, as I mentioned on Monday these (at least numbers 2-9) are linked to the eight wiccan sabbats. So, this Nine of Chalices connects with Samhain/Halloween. The image of a woman sitting as though giving thanks under the rays of a crescent moon doesn't match the traditional guy sitting looking smug in front of nine cups. Nevertheless, as the book explains: "This is a time to not only enjoy the gifts we have received and helped create, it is a time to reconnect with the spiritual world, our ancestors, our guides and allies, and the Goddess and God." The end of the year fits well with the idea of a cycle coming to completion, and Halloween as the last harvest of the year is truly a time to give thanks and to also start to turn inward, to take emotional stock. A spiritual take on the Nine of Cups, but one that still fits the keywords of wishes fulfilled and contentment!
This deck is an interesting departure for Lo Scarabeo, moving away from their traditional white borders and multi-lingual titles. It reads well, and the timing aspect of it is a fascinating addition to understanding the minors. Altogether, Barbara Moore has achieved a deck that is well worth spending some time with, while remaining more accessible than the Book of Shadows decks were.