Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea                                                               Review by Michele Jackson

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This recently released deck is quite different in several ways. First, there is the art style: the scenes have a dream or fantasy quality to them. People and objects float through space. The background scenes include mystical forests and futuristic skylines. Otherworldly skies with flaming suns, and seas with modern warships heading towards vessels from centuries ago are in the landscapes. People are often naked, sexless beings with blue, gray or purple skin. The entire effect puts one in mind of being in a different place and time. The little booklet that comes with the deck states: "The Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea is based on the traditional Golden Dawn Foundation of the Hermetic Cabala. Although the Tarot is known primarily as a divinatory tool, giving knowledge of current situations on different planes of being, the Navigators Tarot is especially created for use as a teaching and meditative path in the search for self-knowledge."

Some of the Major Arcana have been changed: The Magician is The Magian; The High Priestess is the Arch Priestess; Justice is Destiny; The Hanged Man is Suspension; Temperance is Art; Judgment is The Aeon. The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Pentacles and the Court Cards are King, Queen, Knight and Page. Each card, both Major and Minor Arcana, have a one word interpretation on the top, which the author calls a "Key Word", and which "...indicate the most important qualities of that card." Some of the key words fit well with the traditional interpretation of the cards, but others do not. The card backs feature the Tree of Life. The Major Arcana scenes are rich with symbols, the Minors much simpler in composition.

The little booklet that comes with the deck provides upright only interpretations which are primarily divinatory in nature. The author states that the traditional ordering of the Major Arcana is known to be incorrect and recommends that the order be inverted to the "Way Of Return" which is "...the Way of the Future." The author hints at interesting revelations about the cards which will be revealed in the yet-to-be-released book for the deck. There is one spread in the booklet called "The Web Spread", which is based on the three lines of position used by coastal navigators to fix the location of their ships at sea. I recommend this deck for those who are looking for something different. It could be used for meditation as the images are quite evocative.

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Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea
ISBN: 1-57281-012-2
Published by US Games Systems

 



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