Halloween Tarot - Kipling West written by Diane Wilkes

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When I first glimpsed U.S. Games' advertisement for this deck, words like
one-off and rip-off came immediately to mind. Once a tarot collector
realizes that she can't buy every tarot deck ever created and eat, she
becomes the personification of Justice, discriminating sharply with sword
and scales. The idea of a Halloween Tarot got slashed and dumped in my
(frankly prejudiced) mind--until I read Michele Jackson's positive review
of the deck and really looked at the pictures displayed.

Yes, the deck's a Rider-Waite-Smith clone. But it's such a cute, clever,
Rider-Waite-Smith clone that only the most deadened vampire could resist
it. Instead of the traditional Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, we have
Imps, Ghosts (as opposed to the more intense and negative Ghouls, I
assume), Bats, and Pumpkins. The cardboard box shows the Six of Pumpkins
(read Six of Pentacles), with a Wednesday Addams-turned-adolescent doling
out candy and trinkets from her pumpkin to a costumed cat and ghost, as a
real cat looks on from her/his perch on a windowsill. It's a kinder,
gentler, and no doubt less-archetypal image of the person favored by fate
dispensing noblesse oblige to lesser mortals. But it gets its point across
despite the whimsy.

One could gripe that a Halloween deck should be really dark and
scary--this deck is fun with a capital F. But to me, Halloween is a time
for candy and costumes and fun with a capital F. A little macabre goes a
long way with me...and this is scary like the Munsters, not the Solleone.

The Six of Bats (aka Six of Cups) shows a pumpkin-headed individual
rowing two figures across troubled waters--but this time a cat sits at the
prow (better than a rainbow any time). The Juggler in the Two of Pumpkins
(Pentacles) balances pumpkins instead of coins while the omnipresent puss
observes all, but the message, again, is more than kin to the traditional
R-W-S. If you are passing familiar with that deck, you can pick up the
Halloween Tarot and read with ease and delight as you look at the offbeat
yet R-W-S-faithful renderings.

Two major differences between the deck and R-W-S are that 1) most of the
scenes in the Halloween deck are at night and 2) all contain a cat. The
second fact endears the deck to me even more than the clever and twisty
take Kipling West brings to this project. That she created Tarot for Cats,
an equally adorable and clever deck, just adds more icing to this
particular tarot cake. It's Halloween--blow your diet! Buy it and don't
count pentacles (or pumpkins).

If you wish to purchase this deck, click here.

If you wish to purchase the deck/book set, click here.


Diane Wilkes
http://geocities.com/~oldgreycat

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