Turned out, I was getting the huge first edition. And no matter what guys think, bigger is not always better ;) I have fairly large hands, and can manage to shuffle most decks, even if they're big. I even posted a video about riffing big decks. However, these have totally defeated me! Smooshing them around on the floor kind of works, but isn't a very effective means of shuffling.
I did a deck randomisation process, laying the cards out in piles so you don't have two of the same suit or the same number together. Which works, but is time consuming. And given I rarely use large spreads and mostly fan my deck and choose cards at random, I can live with it. Still, if you have the choice, I'd go for the smaller size deck.
Anyhow, on to the cards!
This card demonstrates well the different perspective and yet clear symbolism of this deck. The busy geometric patterns of the cave's floor and walls are also typical of the artwork and a good reason for the choice to stick to black-and-white images. Can you imagine how psychedelic and cluttered this would look in colour?
The Knight of Pentacles sits astride her horse, facing left. She looks secure, despite the lack of a saddle. Her horse seems calm, and her Pentacle is simple, held close in her arms. There is what might be a bull in a field in the background, and altogether the card has a very pastoral feel. A quite easy to read, almost traditional Court card, despite the somewhat funky, zebra-striped trousers :)
Turning to the pips, we have the Five of Wands. Five women with wands in a field look more like they're dancing than fighting. Then again, there are plenty of dance competitions, so that interpretation is still valid. There are also two snakes watching from behind them: this could be a transformative situation. And there is a somewhat tentative air to them: playful practice, perhaps?
|Sorry it's wonky, round cards are hard to scan!|
All told, this is a beautiful, playful deck, full of interesting characters. It is easy to read, yet with plenty of symbolism to dig into if you want. And of course there are all the options of reading reversed or partially tilted images, given its circular nature. A little tilt to the right could indicate a future focus or dynamism, a tilt to the left might show the past or an area where you're dragging your heals...