Isidore Tarot (by Bethalynne Bajema) is based on the artwork of J.J. Granville. So, we find many quirky beasts and insects, neo-Victorian clothing and artifacts, and a touch of the bizarre.
Take the Sun, which shows an elongated horse, a mini-tin pot dictator instead of a naked boy, and a calm yet somewhat frou-frou Sun above. There are also sunflowers, yet they are low to the ground, changing the feel of the card a fair bit. This card speaks less of innocence, yet still expresses new energy and a desire to explore the world - look at how high that horse raises its foreleg.
The Court cards are very well done, in my opinion. Like the Queen and King of Cups that we saw on Monday, there is plenty of symbolism to be getting on with, though the images are far from busy. So too, here on the Page of Coins, we have a rather dapper bird in a mustard coat, holding his Pentacle and looking quite pleased about it. One finger points to the Coin, as though to say: Here, look at this! Small flowers bloom around him, connecting him to the element of earth, and to new beginnings in the physical plane.
As for this Six of Wands, isn't it fabulous! A donkey wears a wreath, and rides on the back of a zebra, while other donkeys stand around, gazing at this victor. The six wands rise up around the donkey, intricate yet clear, and in a pattern that is tidy, yet not entirely symmetrical.
This deck is very readable following RWS tradition, and has a lovely simplicity to it, despite the detail of the main elements. The only downside for me is that, despite quite nice cardstock, the deck
came without rounded corners. So, half an hour with my trusty
corner-rounder was required before being able to use it. The yellowish tones of the deck appeal to me, a bright, yet autumnal palette that suggests sepia, while being far more colourful. And the quirkiness of the artwork, the strange juxtapositions mixed in with a clarity of design, makes it an interesting reading deck.