Ellis Tarot (self-published, 2013, 3rd edition 2015) is a very funky, colourful deck. It follows traditional RWS notions, but rendered in an almost sci-fi manner. And it reads beautifully!
take a closer look. Having said the deck is colourful, the Major I drew
to illustrate this post is Justice, which is black-and-white. This
works very well, emphasising the kind of thinking that can often appear
with this card. Justice is frequently seen as being about weighing
things up, assessing them, deciding what's right or wrong. And yet,
realistically, things are never that simple, that one-dimensional. Life
is colourful and messy, and while we may want to find a clear answer,
to achieve a perfect balance, it's never really possible. Still,
sometimes we have to act as though it were, making the best decision we
can on the facts available.
With the Queen of Cups, we return
to full colour. Her skin is bright blue, emphasising her connection to
water, to emotion. Yet, there are also some red highlights, she has
passion, as well. And look at her huge cup! Certainly enough there for
herself and her family or whomever she chooses to include in her
for the Three of Swords, it retains the simplicity of RWS tradition.
Two of the swords have bird hilts, and the jagged black buildings/rocks look rather bleak. The pink, though, brings a warmth to it that belies the dried blood on the sword's blades.
In terms of cardstock, this deck is printed on plastic, which
at first I was unsure about. It does feel a little different than card.
However, it means the cards are sturdy even though thin, shuffle beautifully, and aren't overly glossy.
Altogether, I'm much enamoured of this
deck. I like its playfulness, and the strangeness of the characters
works like Steve's Silhouettes or like animal decks. It opens up the
potential meanings of the cards, allowing us to impute different
emotions and motivations to them than a photo might.