Ghost Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2014), is clearly a theme deck. As such, it may appeal to goths, as well as having potential for both Halloween and mediumistic readings. That isn't to say that it isn't a readable deck, though.
I really like some of the imagery here. For example, this version of Death is very atmospheric and adds some interesting symbolism. A ghostly, cloaked figure carrying a scythe floats within a graveyard, with a mausoleum just behind. It stands on a path through the graveyard, framed by the iron doors, and with a full moon shining brightly above it. There is sorrow and grief here. Yet, there is also a place for such things, and structure to help us deal with it. And perhaps a power connected with such endings, the clarity that can be associated with closure.
The King of Wands, on the other hand, represents one of the less sterling aspects of this deck. Some of the CGI looks overly fake. Like the figure in the Five of Swords on Monday, there is an irreality, a plasticness, to some of the people that doesn't sit well with me. And yet, I quite like how these ghostly courts have been done, glowing with the colour associated with their suit. The symbolism, too, is appropriate and helpful to reading these sometimes tricky characters. Here, the King sits firmly in his throne, glowing red and holding his wand proudly before him. He is forthright, and dynamic even in this static pose. His throne sits with windows behind him, and the sky glows outside: he has oversight in his given field or domain.
As for the Minors, all are clearly related to traditional RWS notions. Yet, each adds its own quirk. Sometimes, these work beautifully, like Monday's Five of Swords. Other times, they are a little more strange. The Eight of Pentacles is a case in point. A woman in a wedding dress chisels R.I.P. onto a gravestone. Above it floats a man's figure, with slicked back hair, little round glasses, and a book in one hand. Is this the woman's intended? Her father? Or is she some kind of black widow who has already gone through seven other husbands?
Not a great deck, perhaps, but one which has enough symbolism to read (generally), and enough variety not to be a bore. The idea of ghosts being around us all the time is one that will appeal to some, and it certainly works very powerfully in some of the cards. What do you think?