Women's Tarot (AGMüller, 2006) uses the art of Peter Engelhardt, collaged into cards. And while his art is very beautiful, in soft tones and with a zen-like, spiritual feel, overall this deck doesn't really do it for me. It's not the semi-illustrated pips as such, that's something I quite enjoy. The issue is more with the way the collages have been done, and the fact that the same or similar images are used so much.
Looking at the Hanged Man (and why didn't they rename that, given it's clearly a woman?), we have a woman hanging with her hair forming a sea beneath her. Above her, there is a crescent moon in the sky, and an orange fram around her that might be the frame she hangs from. I'm unsure whether the lines from her breasts to her genitals are supposed to indicate lines of energy, blood, or some kind of kinky chain. Far clearer, though, is her peaceful expression and posture. And I like her nudity and her exposedness. It feels like it's saying that through this sacrifice, this willingness to be in limbo, she becomes very fertile, filled with ideas and the ability to manifest them.
Turning to the Aces,we have the Ace of Pentacles, with a naked though cloaked woman. Her hips are broad, and her cloak falls around her like a dark night, echoed in the star-filled sky above her. One of those stars is in fact a pentacle. As the seed of the suit associated with earth, the colouring does work for me. Afterall, seeds grow in the dark depths of the soil, before emerging as shoots. And the woman seems fertile with possibility, her cloak could equally be the dark folds of the earth, lined with blue rivers to feed those seeds.
While I feel fairly comfortable reading with this deck, I will admit to being disappointed with it overall. As another reviewer also mentioned, there are far too many "spiritual faces". Here are a selection of just six that seem almost identical, but there were at least as many similar if slightly different ones I could have chosen.
So, while this is a quite beautiful deck, these niggles will definitely prevent it from becoming a favourite.