Friday, 5 December 2014

Spirit Tarot Overview

This week's deck, the Spirit Tarot (AGMüller, 2007) surprised me when it came.  I have to admit, I was a little nervous about it, because of the difference between the Majors and Minors.  The Majors are painted, while the Minors are a collage of nature photographs with fairy paintings.  Yet, this actually works very well, and is often quite subtle.

The Tower is an example of the painting style of the Majors.  I love the fluid feel of these, the energy and movement they contain.  This Tower is something between a woman and a tree, with a lake behind.  She has become stuck, rooted to the spot.  Her back is to the water, not examining her emotions.  And she is unwilling to look at her situation, hands half over her eyes.  This is when we most need a shake-up, when we are detached from our current reality, and from our own emotions.

In some ways, the Court cards are almost the most extreme of the Minors.  The fae shown here are more force of nature than cute fairy.  Even so, they represent their 'roles' fairly well.  Take the Queen of Cups shown here, which mixes nature photography with painted elements.  We see an ephemeral cup tipping its water within a waterfall.  It speaks to this Queen's emotional generosity , but also to how she is so deeply immersed in her element that she may not recognise how overwhelming it can be for others.

An interesting choice, too, in the Ace of Swords.  A wolf stands on a plain, silhouetted by the moon.  Another wolf, its head raised and mouth open to emit a deep howl, is superimposed on the moon itself.  There is something here for me about speaking your truth, making yourself heard, and whether or not we have the courage for that.  Perhaps, too, something about how an idea is bigger than the reality...

Finally, we have a Minor, the Seven of Swords.  An unusual image, with a fairy seeming to gather birds under the light of the setting sun.  It makes me think of the interpretation of this card as being about research: this fairy might be gathering information from or on these birds.  Of course, it could also be open to very different interpretations: from environmental activism to a message about not putting all your birds on one branch :D

Altogether, this is a beautiful deck, with a lovely whimsical feel.  Whether or not you can deal with the difference between the Majors and Minors, though, may well be a sticking point for many.

8 comments:

  1. Mmmmnnnngh! I got to liking this deck with your previous post...but these images have really put me off - that cheesy howling wolf!!! I do like the ideas you describe though - the Ace of Wands in particular.

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    1. Yes, photo collages can be a bit hit and miss in the art department. Still, I enjoy these cards overall :)

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  2. Because of the wide and varied way you could interpret these cards, I would be tempted to cut off all the borders and titles and use them as an oracle!

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    1. For me, they still have enough connection to traditional tarot meanings for it to be worthwhile to keep that structure. That way, in a reading, if I feel stuck I can always go for the traditional meaning rather than an intuitive one ;)

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    2. That's a good way to see and use them! :)

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  3. Wow, very interesting deck! The images are pretty and I like the unique approach - especially the combination of painting with photo collage.. hmmm.....

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