Connolly Tarot Deck                                                                Review by George Leake

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This deck is a major disappointment after seeing some messages about it on this list. Perhaps its not meant for adults. Many of the cards resemble very much the Pamela Colman Smith designed Waite-Rider deck. In particular the 7 & 8 of Pentacles. The colors are primary, the lines used in the drawings are thicker, and there seems to be narry a negative vibe in this "and they lived happily ever after" type deck. Its almost simplistic naivete makes one wonder if this deck is not meant for adolescents (actually a very good use for it, and I mean that sincerely). Much of the deck seems childish, especially the new interpretations. Take the Star card for instance. There's no relation to other star cards, which is ok. Originality can be good. Instead what we have is this unrealistically beautiful young man (none of the people pictured in this deck seem to suffer from stress, acne or just plain bad looks) earnestly looking at the sky, wearing a star emblazoned toga and star pendant, holding a staff in his right hand, hair wind-blown in thick chunks like Fabio on a Romance novel cover (fans of that genre--this might be your deck--I must say I personally am a bit of a snob and find this not to my liking). In the background there's a town on an ocean bay at night (kind of like Baywatch Nights meets Xena) with a sword in the ground, hilt up, behind our youth, a bird flying overhead, and most important a star up in the night sky, twinkle-twinkle. Indicative of the writing in the booklet: "The Star is the positive aspect of the conscious level that is trying to comprehend the universal consciousness." A young man and his goals. Frankly, I think it would be much more realistic if there had been bikini-clad women (or maybe boxer shorted hunks) on the beach for this dude to check out. But I guess there's no need to encourage the testosterone surges in the adolescent who this is clearly meant for. Backing up my theory about the absence of negative vibes is that the Devil card has been changed to "Materialism". Unfortunately though the description in the booklet is...pretty...basic. That's being very diplomatic on my part. Quite frankly I think many decks do a creative job of addressing this very issue in the Pentacles or Coins suit. Personally I see that every card has great negative and positive potential and that materialistic motives could be read into every card in that suit, but that's just my humble opinion.

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