diamond.jpg (22305 bytes)The Diamond Tarot Deck            Review by Michele Jackson

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This deck basically reprises the scenes from the Waite deck, but they are re-colored and placed in wide, vari-colored borders. The card names, suit names and court are the same as those in the Rider Waite deck. The cards measure 2 3/4" X 5 3/4". The scenes from the original Waite deck are in the center of the card and measure only 1 1/4" X 2". The remainder of the card is a colorful border with the card name in the bottom and in the card number on the top of the border for the Major Arcana. The Waite scenes have been recolored, and I like the changes made. The colors are somewhat softer and the background colors tend to be a blend of complementary colors, rather than the solid primary colors of the more popular version of the deck. Rainbow-like bands of color appear rather frequently. These changes will, no doubt, cause problems for those who rely on the colors to convey meaning. However, this is certainly not the first Waite clone to have been recolored. The wide borders bring the word "psychedelic" to my mind. They appear to be computer generated, though the little booklet does not confirm this. Most of the borders are quite attractive. The colors used generally complement those in the central scene, and the styles are also somewhat evocative of the mood of the scene. They also have the effect of making you feel like you are looking into the scene through a portal. I found them aesthetically pleasing, though I doubt that everyone will. Some will probably just find them distracting. The backs are a colorful petal-like pattern.

The little booklet that comes with this deck begins with a very brief background section. This is followed by a short "Homage to the Painter of the Classic Rider-Waite Tarot," which is a short biography of Pamela Colman Smith. Meanings for each card follow with an upright meaning, an inverted meaning and a brief message. There are key words for the Minor Arcana that seem to be based on Crowley's Book of Thoth or the Golden Dawn's "Book T," vice "Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot." However, the meanings are more in line with Waite's descriptions. This is a minor point, since any of the many books written for the Waite deck, including Waite's own book, will work well with this deck.  Following the card meanings,  "The Diamond Reading Method" is explained in detail. This is a somewhat involved five card spread.

I recommend this deck for anyone who likes the Waite deck but wants to try something that looks a bit different. Obviously there is no learning curve involved for those familiar with the Waite deck and some may find the coloring and borders useful in interpreting the cards.

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This deck is listed as out of print, but you may be able to purchase it used.  

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The Diamond Tarot
Published by AGMuller
Distributed by US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St., Stamford, CT 06902, (800)544-2637, Fax (203)353-8431

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